Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)
The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) is a non-profit organization working for the rights of children in the Middle East by sending humanitarian aid, supporting projects for children and educating North American and international communities about the effects of the US foreign policy on children in the region.
The Middle East Children's Alliance was founded by Barbara Lubin and Howard Levine in 1988 after Barbara returned from her first trip to Palestine and Israel at the beginning of the first Intifada. She had witnessed the grave injustice, poverty and violence of the Israeli occupation paid for with US tax dollars. Both she and Howard decided to speak out about what was happening to Palestinian children and also to raise money for projects in the West Bank and Gaza that would help make life a little bit better for the children.
The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization based in Berkeley, California. They 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, they have sent more than $21 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
- 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
-University scholarships for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
- Providing clean water to children in Palestine by installing water purification and desalination units in schools and kindergartens in the Gaza StripSee more