MECA's Palestine Blog

Jun 20, 2017


She fled her home in Dera’a, Syria and is currently living with her family in Bekaa, Lebanon. Shafaq shared her story with us through the Middle East Children’s Alliance, which provides emergency support to newly arrived refugees in Lebanon. She is 14 years old.

Feb 14, 2017

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Feb 10, 2017

Maisa, who is 14 years old, came to Lebanon three years ago with seven family members after her house was bombed and destroyed in the Syrian war. Her father is now stuck in Syria. She hasn't seen him for three years.

Like thousands of Syrian refugees, she can’t attend school in Lebanon. She attends classes for refugees at MECA’s partner organization Al-Jalil Cultural Center.

Feb 8, 2017

Palestinian children and families in Gaza are living every day with the aftermath of the 2014 seven-week Israeli assault on the entire population, which killed more than 500 children, injured thousands and left virtually every child in Gaza suffering from psychological distress.  The attack and its lasting impact comes on top of a devastating blockade, now in its tenth year, previous attacks, and decades of occupation and dispossession.  MECA continues to meet children’s basic needs and provides help through our psychosocial support program, “Let the Children Play & Heal.” (Th

Dec 23, 2016

I wish you the best for a New Year on behalf of thousands of women and children in Gaza. And I thank all the supporters of the Middle East Children's Alliance.

Sometimes in Gaza we pretend life is normal. But the way we live should not be normal for anyone in the world.

Ten years living under the Israeli blockade, two years after the last horrible war on Gaza—on top of decades of dispossession and occupation—what is normal for us is really a very difficult life.

Nov 4, 2016

MECA is very pleased to welcome two remarkable young women to our Palestinian staff in Gaza. Last year MECA’s previous Gaza Project Assistant Safaa El Derawi received a prestigious scholarship from an Australian university. Overcoming multiple obstacles to leaving Gaza, Safaa is now working toward a master’s degree in water engineering.

Nov 4, 2016

Check out this short video to see how the water purification and desalination units we build through our Maia Project are made in Gaza! These two units were funded by ZamZamWater and installed at Deir El Balah Preparatory Girls School and Shati Elementary Boys School a few weeks ago!


Nov 2, 2016

We have exciting news about one of our projects! The two new children's books pictured below just won Best Illustration and Best Production from Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature! The Palestine Writing Workshop published these books and MECA helped fund the production of the books as well as workshops across the West Bank to distribute books to Palestinian mothers and train them in reading aloud to their children.

Jul 18, 2016

By Cathy Shields and Mona Halaby

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