Middle East Childrens Alliance

BERKELEY, CA   |  WWW.MECAFORPEACE.ORG

Mission

FOUNDED IN 1988, THE MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE IS A REGISTERED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WORKING FOR THE RIGHTS AND THE WELL BEING OF CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MECA SENDS SHIPMENTS OF AID TO PALESTINE, IRAQ AND LEBANON, AND SUPPORTS PROJECTS THAT MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE CHILDREN. WE EDUCATE NORTH AMERICANS ABOUT CHILDREN IN THE REGION. MECA WELCOMES THE SUPPORT OF ALL PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURE.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

ZEIAD ABBAS SHAMROUCH

Main address

1101 8TH ST

BERKELEY, CA 94710

EIN

94-3074600

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Program 1

HUMANITARIAN AIDSINCE MECA WAS FOUNDED IN 1988, WE HAVE SENT OR DELIVERED MORE THAN 27 MILLION DOLLARS IN AID TO CHILDREN IN PALESTINE, IRAQ, AND LEBANON TO ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING CAUSED BY WAR, SANCTIONS, AND OCCUPATION. WE SEND SHIPMENTS OF MEDICINE, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, AS WELL AS CLOTHES, BOOKS, TOYS, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA:-MADE GRANTS TO NEVER STOP DREAMING ASSOCIATION AND PALESTINIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, AND AFAQ JADEEDA TO PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTE BACKPACKS, WARM CHILDREN'S CLOTHES, PLASTIC SHEETING FOR BROKEN WINDOWS, HEALTHY MEALS AND FOOD PARCELS TO FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY IN GAZA.-MADE GRANTS TO PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION TO DISTRIBUTE WARM WINTER CLOTHES, OIL FOR HEATERS, AND COUPONS FOR HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND FOOD TO PALESTINIAN AND SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILIES IN LEBANON. -MADE GRANTS TO AFAQ JADEEDA, NEVER STOP DREAMING ASSOCIATION, UNION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S COMMITTEES, PALESTINIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, MOSADER SOCIETY FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO DISTRIBUTE HYGIENE KITS AND EDUCATIONAL PAMPHLETS FOR FAMILIES IN GAZA TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19-MADE GRANTS TO THE LAND DEFENSE COALITION TO PROVIDE HYGIENE KITS AND FIRST AID KITS TO REFUGEE CAMPS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES IN THE JORDAN VALLEY IN THE WEST BANK TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19-MADE A GRANT TO UNION OF HEALTH WORK COMMITTEES TO PURCHASE MEDICINE AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO TREAT COVID-19 CASES IN THE GAZA STRIP-MADE GRANTS TO THE PALESTINIAN MEDICAL RELIEF SOCIETY TO OPERATE A MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC TO REACH PATIENTS WHO NEED REGULAR CARE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC-MADE GRANTS TO PALESTINIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, AL AMAL INSTITUTE FOR ORPHANS, YOUTH VISION SOCIETY, ATFALUNA SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN, UNION OF AGRICULTURAL WORK COMMITTEES AND LAND DEFENSE COALITION TO PROVIDE FOOD PARCELS AND HOT MEALS TO FAMILIES IN NEED DURING LOCKDOWNS IN PALESTINE-MADE GRANTS TO PALESTINE WOMEN'S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE HYGIENE KITS AND FOOD PARCELS TO PALESTINIAN AND SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON-MADE A GRANT TO THE CULTURE AND FREE THOUGHT ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE FIRST AID KITS AND TRAININGS TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES IN GAZA-MADE A GRANT TO THE PALESTINIAN AGRICULTURAL RELIEF COMMITTEES TO ORGANIZE OPEN DAYS FOR MEDICAL CHECK UPS, EDUCATION AND DANGERS OF PESTICIDES, AND DISTRIBUTION OF FIRST AID KITS TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES IN GAZA-CONTRACTED WITH DR. MONA EL-FARRA, WAFAA EL-DERAWI, AND WAED ABBAS TO OVERSEE OUR AID WORK IN PALESTINE.SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN'S PROJECTSMECA HAS LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS WITH SEVERAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS IN PALESTINE AND LEBANON THAT ADDRESS CHILDREN'S BASIC NEEDS AND OFFER THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY, LEARN, AND ENVISION A BETTER FUTURE. WE PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR THEIR PROGRAMS, RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR WHAT IS NEEDED IN EACH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA:-MADE GRANTS TO THE FREEDOM THEATRE IN JENIN REFUGEE CAMP FOR GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES, INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING, CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMMING AND THEIR MULTIMEDIA UNIT.-MADE GRANTS TO MADAA SILWAN CREATIVE CENTER FOR THEIR NEW CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NAMED AFTER EDWARD SAID INCLUDING PROGRAMMING ON CREATIVE WRITING AND STORYTELLING AND FOR A LAWYER, PSYCHOLOGIST, AND ACADEMIC TUTORING FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED OR FACED OBSTACLES SUCH AS HOME DEMOLITION OR SCHOOL CLOSURES.-DONATED ARABIC AND ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS TO MADAA SILWAN CREATIVE CENTER AND YOUTH VISION SOCIETY FOR THE EDWARD SAID LIBRARIES-MADE GRANTS TO YOUTH VISION SOCIETY FOR ESTABLISHING THE EDWARD SAID LIBRARY IN GAZA AND FOR A PILOT PROJECT AIMED AT REDUCING CHILD LABOR IN GAZA-SPONSORED A FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM AT ATFALUNA SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN-MADE A GRANT TO AFAQ JADEEDA ASSOCIATION FOR COSTUMES FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S DEBKA (FOLKLORIC DANCE) GROUP-MADE GRANTS TO SHORUQ ORGANIZATION IN DHEISHEH REFUGEE CAMP TO ORGANIZE DANCE AND MUSIC ACTIVITIES AND A FREE SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN, RUN A MULTIMEDIA CENTER WHERE CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEARN TO USE AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING FOR THEIR MUSIC, STORIES AND INTERVIEWS WITH ELDERS, AND COVER THEIR GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES. -MADE GRANTS TO THE UNION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S COMMITTEES TO PROVIDE ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND COUNSELING TO CHILDREN IN RAFAH AND KHAN YOUNIS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND/OR SUFFERING FROM TRAUMA.-MADE GRANTS TO AL ZAWAHRA WOMEN'S SOCIETY CENTER TO RUN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA AND PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD TO 400 CHILDREN IN A BETHLEHEM VILLAGE AND TO RUN A FREE SUMMER CAMP.-MADE A GRANT TO ATFALUNA SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN FOR SPONSORSHIP OF A CHILD-MADE GRANTS TO AL JALIL ASSOCIATION AND PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION FOR INFORMAL SCHOOLS, FIELD TRIPS, AND HUMAN RIGHTS WORKSHOPS FOR MORE THAN 250 CHILDREN WHO ARE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA LIVING IN LEBANON AND CAN'T ATTEND LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND FOR A GIRLS SPORTS PROJECT INTEGRATING PALESTINIAN AND SYRIAN REFUGEES.-MADE A GRANT TO UNION CIVIC COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS FOR EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS FOR PALESTINIAN STUDENTS IN JERUSALEM.-MADE GRANTS TO DALIA ASSOCIATION FOR YOUTH AND WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS INCLUDING ESTABLISHMENT OF YOUTH COMMUNITY CENTER.-MADE A GRANT TO THE PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION FOR AN ACCELERATED LEARNING PROJECT FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA LIVING IN SHATILA REFUGEE CAMP, LEBANON-MADE A GRANT TO RIWAQ CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE FOR A PLAYGROUND IN SURDA VILLAGE IN THE WEST BANK-MADE GRANTS TO PALESTINIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION FOR A FREE SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN IN GAZA AND FOR NUTRITION PROJECT PROVIDING HEALTHY MEALS TO 400 CHILDREN DAILY-MADE A GRANT TO CIVIC COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS IN JERUSALEM FOR EDUCATIONAL TRIPS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN JERUSALEM TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR HISTORY AND IMPORTANT CULTURAL SITES-MADE A GRANT TO SIRAJ SCHOOL THE MAIA PROJECT:THE MAIA PROJECT TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER TO CHILDREN IN GAZA BEGAN AT THE REQUEST OF SCHOOLCHILDREN IN GAZA. THE UNITS ARE LOCALLY MANUFACTURED AND OUR PARTNER IN THE PROJECT, THE PALESTINIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, RECEIVES THE FUNDS AND OVERSEES THE WORK ALONG WITH MECA STAFF.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA:-INSTALLED 5 NEW WATER PURIFICATION UNITS TO PROVIDE SAFE, CLEAN WATER TO CHILDREN AT KINDERGARTENS AND UNRWA SCHOOLS IN GAZA -MADE REPAIRS AND PAYMENTS ON A MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS FOR WATER PURIFICATION UNITS BUILT IN PAST YEARS-CONTRACTED WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER TO CONDUCT REGULAR MONITORING OF THE WATER QUALITY AND OVERSEE THE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE ON ALL THE UNITS WE HAVE INSTALLED IN SCHOOLS AND PRESCHOOLS ACROSS GAZA.-ORGANIZED EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS ABOUT THE WATER CRISIS IN SCHOOLS WHERE WE HAVE INSTALLED WATER PURIFICATION UNITS.

Expenses
$1,283,104
Revenue
$0

EDUCATION AND ACTIONMECA WORKS TO BUILD GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND TO INSPIRE PEOPLE IN THE US TO ACTION THROUGH A RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA:-PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, AND UNIVERSITY EVENTS ABOUT CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE EAST.-LED EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS ON HOW TO INTEGRATE LESSONS ABOUT PALESTINIAN CHILDREN INTO THEIR CLASSROOMS.-ORGANIZED EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN THE BAY AREA WITH MECA STAFF AS WELL AS SPEAKERS AND ARTISTS TO PRESENT ON CURRENT EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. -ISSUED PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS ON CURRENT EVENTS. -PRINTED AND MAILED EDUCATIONAL NEWSLETTERS-MADE GRANTS TO DALIA ASSOCIATION, FUTURE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY, YOUTH VISION SOCIETY, ART TO HEART, BALADNA ASSOCIATION AND CULTURE AND FREE THOUGHT ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING IN PALESTINE INCLUDING FILM FESTIVALS, YOUTH MEDIA PLATFORMS, AND THEATRE PRODUCTIONS -CONTRACTED WITH EXPERTS TO OVERSEE OUR EDUCATIONAL WORK IN THE US AND PALESTINE

Expenses
$683,167
Revenue
$0

UNIVERSITY AIDIN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING PRE-SCHOOLS, KINDERGARTENS, LIBRARIES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA, MECA PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO YOUNG PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ENABLE TALENTED AND AMBITIOUS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO OBTAIN DEGREES AND THE SKILLS TO MAKE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR COUNTRY.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA PROVIDED PARTIAL OR FULL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 113 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STUDYING AT NINE UNIVERSITIES IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP THROUGH THE ELLY JAENSCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND, THE MARY BISHARAT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, THE TREE OF LIFE SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE RAMZY HALABY EDUCATION FUND. COMMUNITY INCOME PROJECTSMECA SUPPORTS INCOME GENERATION PROJECTS TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST.IN FY 2019-2020 MECA:-PURCHASED CRAFTS FROM PALESTINIAN ARTISANS AND COOPERATIVES TO PROVIDE INCOME FOR FAMILIES AND TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MECA'S PROJECTS-MADE A GRANT TO FUTURE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY FOR PILOTING A STRAWBERRY FARM TO EMPLOY YOUTH-MADE A GRANT TO DALIA ASSOCIATION FOR RENOVATING A GUEST HOUSE

Expenses
$134,001
Revenue
$0

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