Student Stipend Program

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) has launched a Student Stipend Program to provide Rafah college students with assistance to remain in school in Gaza and complete their studies. The economic situation in Rafah is dire, with 79 percent of people in the Gaza Strip living below the poverty line due to Israeli restrictions and the destruction of Palestinian infrastructure.

Our partner group in Rafah, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, has identified five initial students. We will assure that these five are supported until graduation, and take on additional students as possible.

Donations will go to a general fund for this purpose, but it is also possible to “adopt” a specific student and commit to him or her individually. Please contact us for more information if you are interested.

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to MRSCP with the memo “student stipend” and mailed to MRSCP, P.O. Box 55371, Madison WI 53705.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us at students(at)