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OPT: A brighter tomorrow for Gaza's children!

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From March 14 to May 31, 2009, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is partnering with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide daily school lunches to approximately 18,900 children attending 22 elementary and preparatory schools in Gaza. This project will help to improve the overall nutritional status of the children, as well as their academic performance.

The food items used to make the daily lunches are purchased locally, which is helping to create and sustain jobs and benefit the devastated economy of Gaza.

Please help to provide a brighter tomorrow for Gaza's children!

You may send your contribution immediately through the secure online donation form on our website, or mail it to:

In the US:
Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
Attn: Gaza's Children
44450 Pinetree Drive, Suite 201
Plymouth, Michigan 48170-3869

In Canada:
Mercy USA for Aid and Development (Canada)
Attn: Gaza's Children
Fiesta RPO, PO Box 56102, 102 Hwy #8
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 5C9

If you wish to donate over the telephone, you may call us at 1-800-55-MERCY (1-800-556-3729) or (734) 454-0011.

Donations are tax deductible (US Federal Tax ID No. 38-2846307 and Canada Revenue Agency Business No. 89458 5553 RR0001).

Many companies will match the donations of their employees. Please ask your company if it has such a matching gift program.

Dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development has been providing emergency relief to survivors of natural and man-made disasters around the world since 1986. Mercy-USA is also a registered Private Voluntary Organization with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is a member of the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction).

Emergency Food Aid Distribution

From January to March 2009, Mercy-USA helped to fund the emergency food aid distribution carried out by UNRWA. During this period, food packages containing flour, rice, sugar, milk, canned meat and sunflower oil were provided to families living in poverty. Mercy-USA's support allowed over 2,160 families in need (about 10,800 persons) to receive 10,379 liters of sunflower oil for cooking.