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Photo by S. Smith Patrick

Playgrounds

MECA is excited to announce our 12th playground! Read more about this playground amidst Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Skariya

INTERACTIVE MAP!
Explore our playgrounds with this interactive map. Click on a location to see a photo and a link to read more.

In the 1990s the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) established a partnership with the Welfare Association, a group of prominent Palestinian businessmen and other professionals, to launch "Playgrounds for Peace." This project was driven by the conviction that the ability to play--the right to play--is crucial to the health and development of all children, and only healthy children who grow up knowing more than anger, hatred, violence and fear, are children who can make peace that will be truly just and lasting.

Playgrounds were built in Gaza, Nablus and Ramallah combining the best of US design and child development expertise with Palestinian tradition and input from municipal leaders, parents, teachers and youth.

Since then, MECA has provided funds to Playgrounds for Palestine to build playgrounds in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria. Recently, MECA also funded a sports field in Silwan, East Jerusalem and began a partnership with Riwaq Association to build playgrounds in historic village centers as part of rehabilitating and revitalizing the villages.

Make a secure, online donation to help MECA build more playgrounds for children.