Basic Organization Information
MIDDLE EAST CHILDRENS INSTITUTE INC
- Also Known As:
- Physical Address:
New York, NY
- Web URL:
- NTEE Category:
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q33 International Relief
- Year Founded:
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
individuals - $158,500
foundations - $244,000
IMF - $12,500
MECI’s mission is to address the educational psychosocial health and other basic humanitarian needs of Middle Eastern children and women in both war-torn and impoverished areas.
Karen Linehan Mroz
Karen Linehan Mroz joined MECI in early 2008 with a passion for and experience in philanthropic programs focusing on the Middle East, children’s education and the needs of women in the region. She was the founding Executive Director of the Friends of UNRWA Association; the first USA non-profit created to raise public awareness and funds for Palestine refugees supporting the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). She traveled extensively throughout the camps meeting with refugees and touring UNRWA operations in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Karen has a strong background in the private sector and philanthropic organizations. She was a program officer responsible for strategic events and communications with The Goldman Sachs Foundation. At the Foundation, she was responsible for the development of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program (GSGLP) and the annual GSGLP University. She joined the Institute of International Education continuing to develop the strategic programs for the Global Leaders Program. Karen developed her own business delivering executive training in Fortune 500 companies. She served as an elected member of a Massachusetts board of education creating unique programs in special education. She is an experienced public speaker who incorporates a passion for photography into her presentations to personalize and illustrate the most urgent needs for women and children in the Middle East.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
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MECI Community Child Development Program
- Population Served:
Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
MECI's comprehensive after school program for elementary school age children addresses severe health issues through a nourishing food program, builds skills through academic tutoring, and provides psychosocial support through art therapy programs in music, fine arts, drama and athletics. In addition, local women are organized and employed through a women's association, the program also stimulates the distressed local economy through purchases from local farmers and suppliers.
Program Long-Term Success:
Instill hope in Middle Eastern children and women through education and community development
Provide educational and economic development programs to resolve conflict, contribute to global peace, prosperity, and security
Dignify women and children whose lives and self worth have been affected by years of war.
Program Short-Term Success:
Annually MECI seeks to improve academic standings through academic tutoring, heal through fine arts and sports building strong positive images amongst all students enrolled. Encourage and measure growth amongst the number of women received benefits from the social entrepreneurship opportunities.
Program Success Monitored by:
MECI annually conducts pre and post after school program monitoring and evaluation reviews for all students enrolled in the program. In 2013, an independent evaluation conducted by a regional well respected academic institution was completed covering 2007-13.
Program Success Examples:
• Over 1,500 students and their families have participated in MECI
• Absenteeism – from 36% to zero
• Improved academic performance: Math increased 26%, English increased 19%
• 71% increase in students achieving grades of 90 or better
• Scored 6th out of 1,000 schools in MoE achievement tests across the West Bank
• Reduced aggressive behavior in and out of classrooms from 25 incidents per
month and maintained zero violence to date
School Related Health and Nutrition Impact
• Over 250,000 nutritious snacks and hot meals served to children
• Over 1,500 complete blood tests and hearing tests conducted in accordance with
MECI health and wellness programs.
• Reduced anemia from 20% to 0.5% to zero in the fall of 2011
• MECI's healthy food and medical intervention program improved overall health
and psychosocial well being of students
• Decreased acute symptoms of depression and PTSD like aggression
• 50% increase in children articulating (verbally and non-verbally) feelings of
improved self esteem and positive self-imagery
• 150 village women employed or engaged in income generating opportunities
• Heightened self worth and financial security of village women
• MECI held unique workshops on nutrition, parenting, and women’s health issues
for mothers and village women
• MECI lead business development workshops for local women’s associations
• MECI former staff hold positions in the public and private sectors
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
-Over 1,500 students and their families have participated in MECI
-Absenteeism – from 36% to zero
-Improved academic performance: Math increased 26%, English increased 19%
-71% increase in students achieving grades of 90 or better
-Scored 6th out of 1,000 schools in MoE achievement tests across the West Bank
-Reduced anemia from 20% to 0.5% to zero in the fall of 2011