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Total funding goal: $11,961

Total funding to date: $12,241

Remaining goal: $-280

Total Donors: 84

Middle East Children's Alliance

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.

www.mecaforpeace.org

Project start date: 11/30/1899

Project completion date: 11/30/1899

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Date: 06/30/2015

You Supported Scholarships for Girls in Gaza!

Rana Abu Jalala:     My name is Rana Abu Jalala. I am studying medicine at Al-Azhar University of Gaza. I grew up in a poor family which consists of nine members without any source of income. I was very excellent at school and I always had the dream of being a successful doctor in the future. However, ourView More

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Scholarships for Girls in Gaza



Gaza, Palestine

The Middle East Children's Alliance (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. Often times, families in Gaza prioritize higher education for their male children as they are the traditional breadwinners so this scholarship fund for females is extra important and will provide the women and their future families with more chances at economic security and independence!


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Families in Gaza often times prioritize higher education for their male children as they are the traditional breadwinners so this scholarship fund for females is extra important and will provide the women and their future families with more chances at economic security and independence. You can help positively change a girl's life forever by funding these scholarships! Amera Omar El Farra Amera lives in Khan Younis and is a first year university student studying medical science at Al-Azhar University. She received a $1000 scholarship this year. Her immediate family is her mother, father, four sisters and two brothers. Two of her siblings are also studying at universities in Gaza. Her mother is a teacher and there is no other source of income for the family. Monthly family income is estimated at $ 800, while a university studentís average expense $200 per month for books, transport, etc in addition to the annual fee the university which is equal to $ 1,000 for the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Their house suffered partial damage during the recent aggression on Gaza. Sally Shehda Naser Sally is from Beit Hanoun and faced a lot of family and financial problems that have affected the average and school level. She received 65 in her high school exit exams but is expected to improve this year. Her immediate family is her father, mother and four siblings, two of whom are studying at the university. Her father does not work and there is no source of income for the family, they are dependent on food aid packages. Their home was severely bombed during the recent aggression on Gaza and Sally suffered severe psychological crisis and this support from MECA by providing a scholarship has encouraged her to study at the university and to think towards the future. She is studying Education at Al-Azhar University and received a scholarship for $600 for her first year. Rana Jalal Abu Jalala Rana is a refugee living in the Bureij refugee camp. Her family consists of eight members, and her father works as an employee [note from Josie: I assume this means he has a clerical position in government], but his income is not enough to pay university fees for this field of study as the annual tuition is $ 4,000 and in addition, they rent a house because their house was destroyed by the Israeli occupation in 2001. Rana is studying medicine at Al-Azhar University. She received a scholarship of $1000 this year. Areej Mahmoud Abu Moaamer Areej is a refugee living in Rafah. Her family consists of 11 members, two are studying at the university. The household income is $ 300 a month. This is not enough to provide the university tuition and other expenses like books. It is also not enough to cover transportation to go to the University from Rafah. She was able to go to university after receiving MECA grant and moved to live with her grandfather in Gaza to go to the university on foot. Areej is studying Pharmacy at Al-Azhar University and received a scholarship for $1000 this year.


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Evaluation criteria: MECA awards scholarships based on financial need, prior academic achievement, and commitment to giving back to one's community. Priority is given to prior recipients, women, and refugees. The scholarships from Connecther will go to female students in Gaza to help them complete their degrees in the fields of study they chose. At this time, we only fund undergraduate studies. This decision is born out of research and experience that graduate studies offer many more funding opportunities. Many universities and foundations provide support for graduate studies in Palestine and abroad but few will cover undergraduate expenses to help students qualify for graduate work. Scholarship Amounts: MECA awards scholarships ranging from $600-$2000 depending on the university and field of study. Scholarships are awarded for one year but priority is given to previous recipients if they maintain 80 or higher average in the university. The students and their families are responsible for covering the costs of transportation and books. Not all scholarships are full scholarships so some families also contribute a portion of the tuition. MECA does not take any administrative fees for grants and donations to this project so every dollar goes directly to the students. Disbursing funds: In order to ensure that scholarship funds are used to cover tuition at Palestinian universities, MECA sends the funds directly to the universities to be credited to the studentsí accounts. MECA staff maintain contact with the scholarship recipients to ensure that they receive the scholarship funds and are able to register for their courses without difficulty.


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