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Meet Huda and Hammad
I met these two bright third graders in their Human Rights class at UNRWA’s Beach School just north of Gaza City. If there’s one thing that surprised me most about my time in Gaza, it was the resilience and courage of the people, especially the kids.
Huda and Hammad are benefiting from American Friends of UNRWA’s Adopt a School Program, receiving school supplies, critically-needed school meals, and the necessary support to remain positive and hopeful for the future.
Both have big dreams for themselves. Huda wants to be a teacher and Hammad wants to be an engineer. Thanks to programs like UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program and AFU’s Adopt a School Program, these two have the confidence to be well on their way to achieving their goals. Click here to watch the video.
AFU and KinderUSA invite you to be a champion to the children of Gaza by registering for the Gaza Summer Games Solidarity 5K Walk/Run on June 9, 2012 at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.
Registration is just $30.00, and all funds raised benefit UNRWA’s summer youth activities in Gaza.
If you’re unable to make it to DC for the race you can still contribute! Click here to learn about other ways you can support the Solidarity 5K.
In a recent UN study, 80% of children in Gaza reported feeling nervous some or all of the time, and 80% reported feeling sad some or most of the time. What if your kids felt nervous or sad most of the time?
Heartbroken is how I felt last month when I had to tell you that because of lack of funding, UNRWA would not be able to hold its 2012 Gaza Summer Games to benefit over 200,000 kids in need. Many of you responded very generously, giving much needed aid to UNRWA’s ongoing psycho-social support program for Gaza’s youth. Your support means so much, but we must do more.
The youth of Gaza are crying out for help. The stress of the ongoing blockade, continued conflict, extreme poverty, and increased gender-based violence have produced intense fear, bed-wetting, poor concentration, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, irritability, and hyperactivity. Left untreated, long-term effects can include anti-social behavior and susceptibility to negative influences, plunging Gaza deeper into despair. These children are the future of Gaza, but what future does Gaza have if its children’s basic needs are not being met?
UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program helps empower vulnerable refugees in Gaza, especially children, to better cope with the extreme challenges they face on a daily basis. Through the program, UNRWA provides 229 counselors in the Gaza Strip to carry out group and individual counseling at all 243 UNRWA schools and 20 UNRWA health clinics, as well as home visits when needed.
Since the start of this program in 2002, UNRWA has seen much greater academic focus and confidence in the children who have received support. Moreover, counselor training and community workshops have helped to ensure that counselors are better equipped to provide critical services, and that awareness of psycho-social support has begun to spread throughout the community, creating an environment of greater acceptance and helping the kids to receive the respect, dignity, and support they need to become positive, contributing members of Gazan society.
The foundation for hope and change has been laid, the only thing we need now is you. Please join us by making a tax-deductible donation to ensure that these children continue to receive the support they critically-need.
Without Summer Games, the children of Gaza have already been deprived of a carefree summer. We simply cannot afford to deprive them of more. Please answer this call by giving as generously as possible to UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program today. It’s what we would want for our kids.
With my deepest gratitude,
American Friends of UNRWA
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Donations made to American Friends of UNRWA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Contributions to American Friends of UNRWA benefit the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
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