The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project


  • We wanted to give you an update on our Grassroots to Gaza campaign for emergency Gaza relief via the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). The latest from MECA on hunger […]

  • Rodlyn-mae Banting, Madison 365, March 28, 2024 (Photo by Rodlyn-Mae Banting) The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) hosted a Read Palestine! Book Project storytime hour on March 24 for 5-9-year-olds with […]

  • Sandra Whitehead, WISCONSIN MUSLIM JOURNAL, Feb 13, 2024 Members of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project protested Dec. 23 in Madison. A small group of Madison citizens banded together in 2003 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Special End-of-Year Appeal

    Palestinian children take shelter at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in the city of Khan Yunis, […]

  • Plant An Olive Tree in the Madison-Masafer Yatta Grove! 271 of 500 Trees as of 12/16/23 Trees sponsored now will be planted where attacks on villages are happening. This is […]

  • Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that I will be returning to Palestine soon for the September 6th  trial of the settler who assaulted me and fractured my […]

  • $2,000 of $2,000 on 7/27/23

  • “We are staying here, herding our sheep and cultivating our land. Nothing will uproot us from our land.” —Jaber Dbabseh, Masafer Yatta Two Hundred Fifteen Palestinian families in Masafer Yatta, […]

  • Rafah Home Construction

    Rafah Home Construction 2/27/23 Phase 1: $3,080 • Goal: $3,080 Phase 2: $3,555 • Goal: $3,555 Phase 3: $3,429 • Goal: $3,429

  • A fundraiser by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project Our goal is to raise $10,064 to renovate a family apartment in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, where in 2005 […]

  • 135 backpacks to Rafah by MECA on our behalf More MECA photos from Gaza     The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is partnering with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) […]

  • Back-To-School Backpacks

    Backpacks For Rafah Kids $2,368 & 135 backpacks! 8/25/22

  • Al Samud Playground Dedication $9,750 of $9,750 on 4/21/22 Fundraising for the playground is complete, and Playgrounds for Palestine has installed equipment. Al Samud Playground Installation This year we are […]

  • Al Samud Playground

    Al Samud Playground $9,750 of $9,750 on 4/21/22

  • Join the US Boats to Gaza webinar with documentary filmmaker Fida Qishta, who has just returned from several months in Gaza. Fida will speak about the current conditions in Gaza […]

  • Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Update for Madison Rafah Sister City Project BACKGROUND The economic situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating dramatically as a result of the […]

  • For Over 11 Years The new unit providing clean water to the kids in Shuka, Rafah (MECA, 12/29/21) Help us give the gift of Clean Water to the Children of […]

  • Mark Your Calendars for Sunday Afternoon Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration Featuring Dessert and a Program Time and place TBD 2018 marks 15 years since Rachel Corrie was killed by an […]

  • Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison July 9, 2016 Hi everyone, I went to Hebron yesterday and helped with the installation of the playground. They were supposed to continue today but […]

  • Our campaign to provide 50 “Gaza Lights” systems to families in Rafah is into its last month. We have almost raised the $4700 cost of the project. Thanks to those […]

  • Rafah Children in the Samira Project at the Rachel Corrie Memorial Library. (Photo: Jeff Bright) Please Support the Samira Project for Traumatized Children The Gaza Strip, one of the poorest […]

  • Fida Qishta, who visited us in Madison in 2014 and 2015 to show her powerful first film Where Should the Birds Fly, has been in film school in California. She […]

  • Gaza Summer Camp

    Gaza Summer Camp — July 17, 2016 Dearest Friends, I would like to thank you all so much for your support to our project “Gaza Summer Camp”. I would also […]

  • Palestinian child’s drawing (GMHF) We are launching a project to help Rafah build a Mental Health Library of professional books requested by providers. This is a critical need: the Gaza […]

  • Gaza boy needs specialized medical treatment abroad The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) is bringing Ahmad and his mother to Madison for treatment at American Family Children’s Hospital. See the […]

  • This is from the Middle East Children’s Alliance project assistant in Gaza, who tells us that the program now has 220 children enrolled over two shifts. Photos are taken with […]

  • Samira Counseling Photos

    Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) — Rafah   Related articles: Samira Project Children’s Counseling A Samira Project Success Story

  • Gaza Mental Health Foundation At the request of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) has agreed to raise funds for the Samira Project in […]

  • (See Funding Campaign for Filmmaker Fida Qishta) Sunday, March 15 First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 203 Wisconsin Avenue Madison [Map] 7:00 pm Join us for “Dessert and a Movie” […]

  • Friday March 13 Memorial Union UW-Madison Campus 6:30 pm [Map] Gaza film-maker Fida Qishta will speak and show her groundbreaking film “Where Should the Birds Fly”, the first film about […]

  • Searching for Peace The Capital City Hues October 30, 2014 From Barbara Olson and The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project: Do you feel baffled and disturbed by what the major media […]

  • Saturday, October 12th 2013 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm High Noon Saloon $5 Suggested Donation Music con Brio w/ special guest Yid Vicious, Intemperance Collective Family Friendly Benefit/fundraiser with proceeds […]

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  • TSELA BARR AND MICHELE BAHL | members, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Cap Times, Nov 22, 2012 Picture this normal scene: Teenage boys are playing soccer in front of their house […]

  • John Quinlan, WORT 89.9 FM – A Public Affair, November 19, 2012 On Monday November 19th, host John Quinlan was joined in conversation with visitors from a peace delegation sponsored […]

  • 2012 Gaza Delegation Photos

      Michele Bahl and Tsela (Carol) Barr of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project entered Gaza through the Rafah Crossing on November 5, 2012 as part of a 21-member delegation from […]

  • Interfaith Peace-Builders, November 5, 2012 November 5, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 21 member delegation to the Gaza Strip passed safely through the Rafah […]

  • October 7, 2009 Dear Governor Doyle: According to The Business Journal of Milwaukee, you plan to lead a trade mission to Israel this November on sciences, water technology and agriculture. […]

  • Madison, Orpheum Theater March 7-8, 2008 Madison, Overture Center March 14-15, 2008 Monona, St. Stephens, May 3, 2008 Door County, July 25-27, 2008 Madison, Edgewood College, October 3-4, 2008 Milwaukee, […]

  • Three projects in Palestine

    This is a special appeal on behalf of three projects in Palestine: (1) Save Gaza's pilot project on Sustainable Gardens in Gaza, including Rafah; (2) The Rebuilding Alliance's West Bank […]

  • [pdf-embedder url=””] Palestine, Israel and Lebanon 40 Years after 1967 “Hizbullah, Israel and Lebanon: The Summer War, 2006” Fawwaz Trabulsi, Lebanese-American University, Beirut, Lebanon April 12th • 1351 Chemistry • […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is partnering with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) in Rafah to send powdered milk to the people of Rafah. In January 2005 […]

  • 19-Nov-05 Playground for Rafah Campaign Give Children a Chance to Be Children Help Rebuild a Playground in Rafah, Palestine   The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is partnering with Playgrounds […]

  • A Gift to Rafah

    How Madisonians helped create a respite from violence for Palestinian children Kathy Walsh, Isthmus, April 29, 2005 Children were everywhere. They were standing on rooftops, shooting marbles in the streets, […]

  • Jennifer Loewenstein, The Electronic Intifada, 17 February 2004 Pictured, Maha, the wife of Ibrahim Aoda Abu Shatat, sits together with baby Zyad in her house during shooting at 3:30 AM. […]

  • The entire border of Gaza is surrounded by heavily-patrolled walls and fences. A network of Israeli checkpoints tightly controls movement in and out of the Strip, and between population areas […]