Children at the Tuyar Al-Jena Kindergarten in Rafah turn on the tap

Here in Wisconsin we’ve hardly been hibernating. So much is happening at the state and local level, to say nothing of the 2012 presidential campaign.

But now and again we need to stick our noses out of our local dens and act as citizens of the wider world.

So for GROUNDHOG’S DAY we suggest that you check out our “CLEAN WATER FOR RAFAH’S CHILDREN” campaign and for VALENTINES DAY, turn on the love with a contribution towards a water filter/desalinization system for the Al-Shuka Preparatory Girl’s School in Rafah.

MAIA is Arabic for “water.” The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) began the MAIA campaign when children at a UN school in Gaza were asked what they wanted most for their school. The children replied, “clean water.”

Madison-Rafah Sister City Projct (MRSCP) has joined with MECA to provide water filter/desalination systems for schools in Rafah. We have already provided money for a system at the Tuyar Al-Jena (Birds of Paradise) kindergarten (see photo) and the Rafah’ Girls’ Preparatory School A.

Al-Shuka Preparatory Girl’s School, which serves over a thousand students, will be our third school. We’ve already raised over $4,000 of the $11,500 needed to pay for a system there.

In 2010 the UN General Assembly declared that “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.” Please help us provide this very basic human right to the children of Rafah.

You can donate by mail at:

    PO BOX 55371
    Madison, WI 53705

Make checks payable to MRSCP and please write “WATER” on the memo line.

If you wish to honor someone else with your donation please send a note with their name and address along with your donation and we will send them a TURN ON THE LOVE honor card/bookmark.

You can also donate by credit card at the Madison-Rafah Maia Project on the MECA web site. The donation will go directly to MECA and be counted towards MRSCP’s project.