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Hi folks, thanks for visiting my page, I'm cycling the Big Ride on the 4-6th of August to raise money to support a new sports programme in Gaza. Anything you can add to this excellent cause is greatly appreciated...more info on the project below. 

We're just short of our £10K team target. So any little you can spare is greatly received.

MECA will use your donations to offer children in Gaza's refugee camps a chance to learn and practice different sports. Young women and men will teach volleyball, football, running, cycling and more to 600 children at UN schools in the refugee camps. 


The school yards are among the safest places in Gaza and will bring activities to the children so they don't have to leave their neighbourhoods. We will also organize open sports days for families to involve the parents and siblings in the project.


What is the programme addressing?

Successive Israeli military assaults and the ongoing blockade have killed thousands and left the entire population traumatized.

The UN estimates 300,000 children in Gaza show signs of severe psychological distress including bed-wetting, nightmares, aggression, difficulty eating, sleeping or speaking.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world and there are few safe places for children to play, especially in the refugee camps. Social restrictions further impede girls' access to outdoor sports.


What is the potential long-term impact of this project?


Studies show that physical activity reduces mental health problems. This project will contribute to psychosocial efforts to help children in Gaza to heal and make them more resilient against the risks of severe anxiety, depression, aggression and withdrawal. The project is particularly vital for girls who rarely have the chance to learn and practice sports. This is just the pilot phase and we plan to expand the project to more locations in the future.

How will your money be spent?

The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) will use your donations to offer children in Gaza's refugee camps a chance to learn and practice different sports. Young women and men will teach volleyball, football, running, cycling and more to 600 children at UN schools in the refugee camps. The school yards are among the safest places in Gaza and will bring activities to the children so they don't have to leave their neighbourhoods. We will also organize open sports days for families to involve the parents and siblings in the project.

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Studies show that physical activity reduces mental health problems. This project will contribute to psychosocial efforts to help children in Gaza to heal and make them more resilient against the risks of severe anxiety, depression, aggression and withdrawal. The project is particularly vital for girls who rarely have the chance to learn and practice sports.

This is just the pilot phase and we plan to expand the project to more locations in the future.



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