Monday, October 17, 2011

Water Apartheid in Gaza: The Time to Act is Now

Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine

There is a growing water crisis in Palestine. In the Gaza Strip, poor sanitation and over-extraction have polluted the limited water supply. In September 2009, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) launched the Maia Project to provide Palestinian children with clean, safe drinking water.

This project began when the Student Parliament at the UN Boys' School in Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza were given the opportunity to choose ONE thing they most wanted for their school: THEY CHOSE TO HAVE CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

The large water purification unit costs $11,500 and each unit provides water for 1,500-2,000 children and staff. A small purification unit for a preschool or kindergarten costs $4,000 and serves 150-450 children. 

Saturday, October 22 at 5:30p.m.
Hanscom Park United Methodist 
4444 Frances Street, Omaha, NE USA 

Please Join Us for a Potluck Fundraiser and Listen to 
Our Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ziad Abbas

Mr. Ziad Abbas, currently the Associate Director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. He is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh. Mr. Abbas is also a journalist who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. 

- If you are unable to attend, please consider mailing a check payable to MECA (the Middle East Children's Alliance) to Lutheran Metro Ministries, 4205 Boyd St. Omaha, NE 68111 to help fund the Water Project.

Mr. Abbas's Nebraska Speaking Tour Includes:
Sunday Oct. 23, 9:00am and 3:00pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2110 Sheridan Blvd. Lincoln, NE

Monday, Oct. 24, 11:00am, noon, 7:00pm
11:000am- Old Main, Room 315 Nebraska Wesleyan College Lincoln, NE
noon- cafeteria, lunch with students
7:00pm- Callen Conference Room, Smith-Curtis Bldg.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:30pm
Student Union Bldg. University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:00am
Hastings College Chapel, Hastings, NE

Thursday Oct. 27, 3:00pm
Nyrop Hall, Perry Campus Center Doane College, Crete, NE

Thursday Oct. 27, 7:00pm
Hastings College Chapel

Friday, Oct. 28th, 6:30pm
Skutt Student Center Ballroom, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Sponsors of Ziad Abbas' Nebraska Tour:
American Friends Service Committee
Doane College Office of the Chaplain
First Unitarian Church, Omaha
Hastings College Chapel
Lincoln League for Middle East Peace
Lutheran Metro Ministries, Omaha, NE
Muslim Student Association, Creighton University
Neb. Wesleyan Mattingly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series
Nebraskans for Peace, Lincoln Chapter and UNL Chapter
Nebraska Peace Foundation
Omaha Meeting of Friends (Quaker)
Palestinian Rights Task Force, Nebraskans for Peace
Palestinian Solidarity Committee, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community
Social Justice Concerns Committee, Unitarian Church, Lincoln
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, NE 

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