I live with my family in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. We have been under a lockdown for two months – this time not from a curfew imposed by the Israeli occupation but in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

I’m so thankful that so far these measures have slowed the spread of the virus and just this week two children in Bethlehem were released from the hospital after recovering from the virus. But now many parents are struggling to provide for their children.

In Bethlehem’s Dheisheh Refugee Camp MECA’s partner, Shoruq Organization, is helping women turn their embroidery collective into a mask making project—to produce masks for the families in the refugee camps.

Palestinian women are making masks to help protect the health and lives of refugees by slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Please make a contribution of just $12.50 now for 10 masks and much-needed income for Palestinian women living under occupation and lockdown.
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As you know, cloth masks don’t offer much protection for the wearer. But if enough people wear masks, they can help protect entire families and whole communities. Their goal is to provide 4,000 masks to families in the refugee camps and organize an awareness campaign about how masks and other measures can help prevent the spread of the virus.

Palestinian women have been creating beautiful items for sale around the world, embroidered with traditional Palestinian designs. This is how they keep their culture alive while earning income for their families basic needs. With no market for their embroidery products, these women are putting their skills to use to help their community. Many women working in this project are the sole breadwinners for their large families, some of their husbands have been imprisoned, injured or worse by the Israeli military, others have been laid off during the lockdown.

Your contribution of just $12.50 now, along with donations from hundreds of others, can help prevent an immense catastrophe in Palestinian refugee camps.

Palestinian women have been protecting their families and communities from grave threats for more than 70 years. Please stand with them again now.

Stay well,

Josie Shields-Stromsness
MECA Program Director

 

P.S. Research shows that something as simple as a cloth mask dramatically reduces the number of virus particles emitted from our mouths. With your help now, Palestinian refugee camps can join the places around the world where there’s widespread mask-wearing and far less sickness and death. Many thanks and, please, do what you can to protect yourself and your community.