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HomeMadison-Rafah Sister City Project is raising funds for the Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide urgent aid to children and families in Rafah and throughout Gaza.

Almost half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people are now crowded into every available space, indoors and out, in our sister community of Rafah, suffering from hunger, cold, disease, dehydration, and the constant threat of death and injury from Israeli bombing and shelling.

Goal
$5000
Amount Raised
$7450 on 2/22/24  
 

Amidst the ongoing attack on Gaza, MECA’s staff and local partners have continued to provide emergency assistance to families who have fled their homes to seek shelter with relatives, as well as procuring emergency medical supplies for hospitals and clinics.

Please give now to allow MECA to provide medical aid, clean water, food, psychological support, and more.

Beyond donating, we urge you to TAKE ACTION to stop the genocide in Gaza.

To get involved in activities in the Madison, WI area please contact us:

Supporting International Solidarity and Sistering

Image: Sacramento to Bethlehem

Below is a letter from the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) to the US El Salvador Sister City Network, asking them to follow the lead of their partner CRIPDES (Association for the Development of El Salvador) in supporting historic and ongoing Salvadoran-Palestinian solidarity and contributing to emergency humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza.

The US El Salvador Sister City Network’s annual fundraising appeal in March will include a letter supporting the work of MRSCP and directly appealing to fund MECA.

Dear Salvadoran Comrades and Friends,

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) was founded in 2003 as a solidarity sister city aiming to build people-to-people relationships with the citizens of Rafah, a poor city and refugee camp on the southern border of Gaza, Palestine. MRSCP modeled itself after the US-El Salvador Sister Cities projects, and from the beginning has been supported and inspired by the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project. 

For the past 21 years MRSCP has worked to raise public understanding of the situation in Rafah and throughout Palestine, to affect public policy, and to support grass-roots sustainable projects that help people improve their quality of live and remain on their own land, even while Gaza has suffered under siege, blockade and frequent military assaults.

But we have never seen anything like the present level of mass slaughter and physical destruction. Over two million human beings — including over a million children — are facing an unprecedented level of death, injury, disease, trauma and deliberate destruction of their ability to simply survive. Rafah is now overwhelmed with over a million refugees, trapped in the cold, wet winter under constant bombardment and denied all but the most inadequate trickle of life’s necessities. Hunger in particular has become so severe that the large majority of the population is now facing imminent threat of actual starvation and famine.

Even as we do all that we can to try to stop this US-funded atrocity, MRSCP is joining forces with our long-time partner the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) in an emergency campaign for Gaza.

Since 1988 MECA has worked 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.

We know and share the feelings of horror and helplessness that many feel as we watch this unthinkable tragedy assume genocidal proportions before our eyes. Besides taking whatever actions you can to try to stop this war, we invite you to donate here to support MECA as they operate on the ground in Gaza to save as many lives as possible.

In solidarity and gratitude,
MRSCP

February 14, 2024
Launching a year-long Grassroots for Gaza aid campaign

with a Valentines Day to Leap Year Silent Auction

Gaza is now the deadliest place in the world for civilians. The need for massive emergency aid is second only to the need for a permanent ceasefire.

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is responding with the Grassroots for Gaza campaign: a year of fundraising for aid to be provided through the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). MRSCP has already raised over half of the initial goal of $5000 through direct donations. You can learn more and donate at Tinyurl.com/madisontogaza

The campaign launches this Valentine’s day at noon with a Silent Auction opening. A wide variety of Madison businesses, restaurants, and artists have donated items ranging from gift certificates for coffee and fine dining to limited edition artwork and hand-crafted items made by artisans in Madison and Palestine. A local educator has donated an entire year of tutoring for a struggling reader, a local Mennonite author has donated a book, and a talented local baker is offering a dozen feather-light scones baked just for you.

The silent auction is free and open to the public online, and will run until February 29 at 5pm. Although bidding doesn’t open until noon on February 14, items can be viewed at 32auctions.com/GazaRelief. 100% of all proceeds will go immediately to Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) for urgently needed food, shelter, water and medical supplies.

Future Grassroots to Gaza fundraising plans include music events, a bike ride, and a campaign to inspire anyone celebrating a graduation or a birthday, holding a garage sale, or other appropriate event to invite their families, friends and neighbors to donate to the survival of families in Gaza.

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For over two decades MRSCP has supported many humanitarian projects in Rafah including water purification systems, mental health resources, a playground, a children’s library, a house reconstruction, and more. Our partner in many of these projects has been MECA.

Since 1988 MECA has worked to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. MECA provides humanitarian aid, partners with community organizations to run projects for children, and supports income generation projects. Like MRSCP, MECA also raises awareness about the lives of children in the region and encourages meaningful action. Their ongoing presence on the ground in Gaza has allowed them to respond quickly to the present crisis.

Today the people of Gaza face an unprecedented level of death, injury, disease, trauma and destruction of their ability to survive in their own land. Hunger and the lack of safe drinking water in particular has become so severe that the large majority of the population is now facing imminent threat of actual starvation and famine. Most of Gaza’s 2.3 million people including babies, children, pregnant women, and the elderly are surviving on one small meal a day or less.

Israel’s ongoing offensive has already killed an estimated 30,000 people, thousands of whom remain buried under the rubble of their homes. 1.7 million people are now homeless, and the medical system has almost completely collapsed. The threat of mass displacement is very real.

Entry of aid is severely restricted, and the only way for aid to reach those in need at the necessary scale is for Israel’s offensive to end. But MECA has kept working on the ground to provide food, winter protection and other critical items. For example, MECA partnered with World Central Kitchen (WCK) to open two large kitchens in southern Gaza to serve 2,000 hot meals per day, and to run smaller kitchens serving 300 meals per day. They have also distributed parcels of WCK-provided beans, lentils, oil, tuna, canned meat and more to families, as well as ready-to-eat nutritional meals to places where cooking is impossible.

This unprecedented humanitarian crisis demands an unprecedented response, and Madison-Rafah Sister City Project invites our fellow citizens to join in making a difference.

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/share/1Urwvg81wmxxBJzf/?mibextid=9l3rBW

Instagam post: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3CR-7ns72W/?igsh=MWM4Z29vamRxam54Ng==

Contacts:
Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
Barb Olson, rafahsistercity@yahoo.com, (608) 843-8417
Cassandra Dixon, palestinepartners4justice@gmail.com, 608-445-0357
Tinyurl.com/madisontogaza
32auctions.com/GazaRelief

February 14, 2024
Show Gaza Some Love


❤️ Our silent online auction ❤️ starts Valentines day at noon and ends February 29 at 5 pm. 100% of the proceeds will go immediately to Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical care in Gaza. The auction is free and open to the public. View items now and start bidding at noon on Valentines Day.

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