Girls in Gaza sprinting during the afterschool “Cycling and Sports” project

Dear Friend of Palestinian Children,

As you may know, I’ve been the Board President of the Middle East Children’s Alliance since it began in 1988. I’m 85 years old and I realize I may not see justice for Palestine in my lifetime but I want to be sure MECA is there—working for freedom and meeting children’s needs.

That’s why I’ve included MECA in my will and I’m writing to ask you to consider doing the same if you haven’t already, because I know you share my commitment to Palestine’s future.

MECA’s work is currently focused on coronavirus prevention efforts and meeting the needs for food and health care throughout Palestine and among refugees in Lebanon.

We don’t know when our staff and partner organizations will be able to welcome children back to schools and community centers, libraries, and playgrounds. Some are offering online creative activities for children and psychological support by phone.

We do know that whenever the pandemic ends, MECA’s work will be essential for a very long time.

I had the immense privilege of seeing the end of South African Apartheid up close more than three decades ago. Today, we are seeing the remarkable Movement for Black Lives take hold in U.S. cities and countries around the world. One day this global movement to end all forms of racism will bring an end of Israeli Apartheid. Securing the future of the Middle East Children’s Alliance brings us one step closer to that day.

For more information about leaving a bequest or other legacy gift, please see MECA’s planned giving brochure or get in touch with MECA’s Development Director Deborah Agre.

Many thanks for your support for Palestinian children and refugees from Syria, and for considering this request.

In solidarity,

Gus Newport
MECA Board President

P.S. I’ve spent my life working in public service and for social justice, so I’m not a wealthy man. But what I do have I’m leaving to my family and to a few causes I care about deeply, including the Middle East Children’s Alliance. I hope you’ll join me.