The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

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, in southern Gaza, on November 15. – Mohammed Talatene/picture-alliance/dpa/APLess (from “We Have the Right to Live,” CNN, Dec. 14, 2023.)

As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to highlight some opportunities to support Palestine.

First, our Madison-Masafer Yatta Olive Grove has raised money to plant 271 of our goal of 500 olive trees in Masafer Yatta in the West Bank. The purpose of this project is to help these farmers remain on their land by keeping it cultivated in the face of settler and army attacks.

We have been told by our Dutch partner group Plant een Olijfboom that they plan to plant trees sponsored before January 1 during the January through March planting season. Please consider sponsoring one or more trees at $22 each before the end of the year. Donations after January 1 will be planted the following year.

Second, the local high school exchange student whose family of 6 is trapped in Gaza is still short in her GoFundMe campaign to get her parents and four sisters to safety in Egypt.

Nationally, both the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) are appealing for your help to provide emergency relief to Gaza.

We highly recommend these groups. We have worked with them in the past and will likely again in the coming year. Both are still able to provide aid in Gaza despite the terrible conditions.

Finally, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)  is in desperate need of donations for Gaza emergency relief. They recently wrote, “UNRWA staff continue to distribute the limited aid available to them, but they are hanging on by a thread. If UNRWA collapses, humanitarian assistance in Gaza will also collapse.”

As always, thank you for your support.





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