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Sponsored Diet for Palestine - 2019

If you would like to particpate in our, 2019 Sponsored Diet for Palestine to raise funds to benefit children in Palestine, please visit this link for more details. The donation page for Khitam is here.

Sponsored Diet 2015 Pays for a Water Filtration System at a School in Gaza

A big thank you to the 2015 Dieters for Palestine, and their generous sponsors, without whom we wouldn't have raised much money at all!

It is wonderful to know that, thanks to our efforts, 260 children in Nuseirat refugee camp will NOT be contracting kidney disease, osteoporosis, or methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome). Thank you everyone who sponsored us!

Thank you all our wonderful sponsors! Thank you for helping the children of Palestine!

Dear 14 Friends of Palestine, Thank you so much for your fundraising efforts for the Maia Project! Your donations enabled us to purchase and install a water purification unit at Sanabel Kindergarten in Nuseirat Refugee Camp which serves 260 children..

Photos from Khitam in Gaza

March, 2014

We received these pictures from a friend in Gaza who visited Khitam:

  • Khitam at a large event at a UN school to bring awareness to people with disabilities.
  • Atfaluna participated, and Khitam and her peers are painting a mural that says: ?Our disability will not isolate us from our community.?
  • The woman in the light pink hijab is Ghada -- lovely woman -- she gave me a detailed tour of Alfaluna.
  • We drove to Khitam?s house with a sign language interpreter and an English translator.
  • The two photos of Khitam on the sofa -- she is speaking to you -- telling you her how much she appreciates you and wants to meet you!
  • It was her idea that I photograph her speaking to you.
  • Her dream is to be an English teacher for the deaf. Khitam was very thankful for everything and so was her mother.
  • Khitam's house
  • The kitchen
  • Khitam's family
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Khitam's Progress Report

We received the following report on our sponsored now 13 year-old child's progress:

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children

Progress report

September 2011 to January 2012

Name: Khitam Mazen Kanou'


Khitam is growing up in a very poor family. Khitam's father, Mazen, has a very limited income that is barely enough to cover the needs of Khitam and her sister Siham who is also deaf and studies at Atfaluna School. Khitam and another 11 family members are living in an old house. Occasionally, neighbors and relatives help Khitam's family with food and clothing.

Khitam remarkably achieved the educational goals determined for her; she can now identify the main Palestinians cities on the map and she can use the computer for internet and simple processes. She has now developed in sign language and can communicate easily with her teachers, classmates and family.

Khitam is a social child; she participates in different class and school activities. Her teachers and her classmates like her as she is a calm, polite child.

With the assistance you provide for Khitam she can continue attending school and progressing both socially and educationally.

The assistance was used by the father to cover the school transportation and clothing needs for Khitam and her sister Siham.


Bringing Safe Drinking Water to the Children of Gaza

Currently the aquifer under Gaza is so low that sea water is creeping in and making the drinking water supply too salty. Kidney disease is rife among the young, as well as Methemoglobinemia, a disease of the red blood corpuscles that converts the haemoglobin to methemoglobin that prevents the red blood cells from carrying sufficient oxygen to all the organs of the body. It is caused by drinking polluted water, and an alarmingly high number of children in Gaza have resultant permanent brain damage from this disease. It is known as 'blue baby syndrome'. This could be easily prevented by installing water purification systems in every school.

MECA's Maia water project is working in partnership with community organizations in Gaza to build water purification and desalination units in schools throughout the Gaza Strip, and has provided clean water to 14 large UN schools in Palestinian refugee camps and to 13 kindergartens in refugee camps, towns, and villages.

Our joint goal with MECA is to raise $11,500 to provide a water purification system for one middle school in Gaza, so that the children there can have safe, clean drinking water.

On May 20, 2012, some of us particpated in the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race to raise money for this project. Late donations for MECA will be accepted through end of July, 2012.

You may donate directly online here...

Thank you also to all who supported our event in August 2010, where we raised $4,420 for MECA's Maia water project to bring safe drinking water to a school in Gaza. We received this note and the below photos from MECA:

I've just received some photos that I wanted to share with you. They are of the children at Marah Kindergarten in Nuseirat Refugee Camp who have access to clean, safe drinking water thanks to 14 Friends of Palestine! I've also attached a few images of the installation process. The unit was completed in January 2011 but it took some time to get the photos from Gaza.


Finding Khitam

September 17, 2009

Our contact in Gaza visits Khitam and her family at home in in Gaza, more here...

Khitam's Birthday

March 29, 2009

Our contact in Gaza kindly visited our sponsored child Khitam in Gaza, taking her birthday presents, and food and money for the family. See her blog and beautiful photos here...

Feb 8, 2009 - Exciting news!

Our two contacts in Gaza, Sharon and Eva, visited our little girl whom we are sponsoring in Gaza. They visited both her home and her school. They were able to deliver  money from us.  

This is just one example, I am sure, of many, where the Free Gaza Movement has brought joy into the lives of a Gazan family.  

Sharon has written about the visit on her blog. Click here...

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