This Campaign has ended on 04-06-2019
Campaign by: MECA
This campaign was dedicated to supporting emergency health services in Gaza. MECA purchased medicine and medical supplies from private pharmacies to help hospitals and clinics provide urgent services in Gaza.
Israel’s military occupation and twelve-year blockade of Gaza affect every aspect of life. Water is polluted and not safe to drink. Electricity is available only a few hours a day. Unemployment and poverty rates have skyrocketed. And the health sector is overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of nearly 2 million people. Hospitals and clinics have perpetual shortages for medicines to treat chronic illnesses, as well as routine and acute health problems. Patients with life-threatening illnesses are often prevented from leaving Gaza to seek treatment.
Sick and injured people in Gaza need immediate, life-saving help. The Middle East Children’s Alliance has been working in Gaza for 30 years and has sent $25 million of dollars of medicine and medical supplies to local hospitals and clinics in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq. Now, due to the tightening siege on Gaza, our staff in Gaza need to purchase medicine and medical supplies from private pharmacies to help hospitals and clinics provide urgent services.
This campaign will reach people who cannot afford treatment. The funds will make it possible for the people most in need to get surgeries, medicine for chronic illnesses, and treatment for kidney disease. Your support will also provide fuel for Al-Awda hospital, which treats 10% of the injured from the Great March of Return and is the main provider for pregnant women in northern Gaza.
About Middle East Children’s Alliance
The Middle East Children’s Alliance is a nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well-being of children in the Middle East. MECA supports dozens of community projects for Palestinian children and refugees from Syria. Since 1988 we have delivered $25 million in food and medical aid to Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon. MECA welcomes the support of all people who care about children and their future.
Number of supporters
raised out of $20000
BuildPalestine team guided and coached us through our first crowdfunding campaign last spring. The campaign was to provide medical aid to people in Gaza and raised $32,767 from 587 supporters – much more than our original goal of $10,000. We learned so much from BuildPalestine about how to explain the needs on the ground in Gaza succinctly, create compelling video content, and run a crowdfunding campaign from preparation to launch to finish. With the help of BuildPalestine, we received donations from hundreds of new donors around the world allowing us to provide life-saving medicine and medical services to people in Gaza.
BuildPalestine wrapped up The Social Innovation Summit (SIS) during the first weekend of October – the 3 and 4, 2020. The two-day summit, and the first of its kind in Palestine, aimed to be the biggest virtual gathering of Palestinians and allies coming together to celebrate and to radically imagine the future of Palestine. The summit welcomed 742 attendees (of 1462 registrants) over two days, from 51 countries to a wide variety of discussions – ranging from literature and arts, to mental health, to job creation, and social innovation ecosystems. The 20+ panels, sessions, and expo, all under the theme of Radical Imagination, brought about crucial conversations pertaining to the present and future of Palestine.
In addition to the constructive debates and discussion, attendees, panelists, partners, and organizers all shared their own versions of “I Imagine” for Palestine. These, in addition to all panels and sessions, will be made available to the public in the coming weeks.
The Social Innovation Summit was a testament for the need for a strong, thriving community for Palestine, but it does not stop there. The BuildPalestine team will be developing points of action to move forward with the successful experience. As Sara Husseini, BuildPalestine Board Chair perfectly put it, “Radical Imagination is a collective process and one that will take time, energy and hard work. But I truly believe that if we can commit to this process today, then we can re-imagine and build a Palestine that fulfils all of our aspirations.”
Thank you all for being part of the SIS, and see you next year!