Middle East Children’s Alliance
The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. In the Middle East, MECA provides humanitarian aid, partners with community organizations to run projects for children, and supports income-generation projects. In the US and internationally, MECA raises awareness about the lives of children in the region and encourages meaningful action.
The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization based in Berkeley, California. We support children and families in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon through: Direct aid including food, medicine, medical supplies, and clothes as well as books, toys and school supplies. Since 1988, we have sent more that $25 million in aid to children in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon Financial support and professional assistance to community organizations in the West Bank and Gaza that help meet Palestinian children’s needs, including clinics, kindergartens, counseling centers, libraries; accessible parks and playgrounds; sports teams, and dance, music and art programs University scholarships for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank Educational and cultural programs in the US and internationally to increase understanding about the lives of children in the Middle East and the impact of US foreign policy on people in the region
What makes Middle East Children’s Alliance innovative?
MECA has long-term partnerships with community organizations throughout Palestine and we trust and rely on them to identify needs. We don’t have a one project fits all approach or set our own agenda for what we think is needed so we support a wide variety of initiatives that fit the local context to support children and families. We are also funded almost entirely by individuals so this gives us the flexibility to change course and respond to emergencies quickly. MECA also owns a for-profit screen printing business which supports MECA and reduces our running costs.
How does Middle East Children’s Alliance measure impact?
We rely on our staff on the ground and our long-term partnerships to visit, observe, and make or recommend improvements based on feedback from parents, children as well as project staff and volunteers who work directly with children.
How can supporters get involved?
Many of these are specific to individuals in the SF Bay Area where our main office is located: https://www.mecaforpeace.org/get-involved/