Rachel Corrie Children's Center
The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) began working with the Rachel Corrie Children’s Center before the building was complete. In December 2003, we provided start-up funds to purchase furniture, art supplies, and computers for the new center. Since then we have supplied back-packs with school supplies for the children at the center and continued to support their diversifying programs. In 2007, we bought educational toys and games and new furnishings for their children’s playroom and donated the books for their children’s library. In 2012 and 2013, MECA supported renovation and painting of the center as well as the furniture and supplies for a new children's playroom that will serve Palestinian children for years to come!
The Rachel Corrie Clinic and Children’s Center is named for a young woman from the United States who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah. She spent several months volunteering in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement and after her untimely death in March 2003, the Union of Health Work Committees named their clinic and children’s center after her. The Children’s Center is dedicated to building relationships between the isolated children and youth in Rafah and their peers in other countries.
The Children’s Center provides creative and educational opportunities to the children of Rafah City and Rafah refugee camp. They hold art classes, summer camps and a variety of after-school programs.