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Encyclopedia of Palestinian Charities on the Net


Encyclopedia of Palestinian Charities on the Net
(Compiled from an article posted in Middle East News Online
By Ramzy Baroud, Middle East News Online Managing Editor)
(See this article: www.nilemedia.com/News/Archives/June_01/charities.html)

The Holy Land Foundation (www.hlf.org/index.shtml) is one of the most devoted charities that aid Palestinians. Their actively updated web site offers many options for those wanting to extend a helping hand to Palestinian families throughout the West Bank and Gaza and refugee camps elsewhere. With services reaching the fields of social, health, education and emergency relief, the foundation is able to contribute in various tangible ways that truly make a difference in the lives of thousands.

The Palestinian Relief and Development Fund (INTERPAL) (www.interpal.org/), is an independent British Muslim Charity organization, set up to serve the Palestinian cause. Headed by one of the most respected Muslim scholars, Sheikh Yusuf, INTERPAL jointly with a number of Muslim organizations around the world initiated the "101 Day charity campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people."
To ensure continuing success for the campaign, your help is urgently needed. Take part in the campaign by visiting INTERPAL's own donation page: (http://www.interpal.org/form.htm.)

IslamiQ, (www.islamiq.com/), a Malaysian-based Islamic finance company is too playing an active role in the 101 Day campaign. However, their rich donation and Zakah Center page (http://islamiq.com/zakah-center/) is a comprehensive source for those interested in learning more about other charities, and it offers its visitors more services and options than any other site.

Palestine Children's Relief Fund (www.wolfenet.com/~pcrf/) is a truly inspiring project. It's success stories are uplifting and motivating. Its well-designed web site will greet you with sad faces of wounded Palestinian children, some shot by Israeli soldiers and others by settlers. Yet the fund provides you with many ways in which you can help, especially if you are living in the United States. Being a host family to an injured Palestinian child who is being treated in the US is one of the most valuable services you can provide. If you would rather donate money and help in the process of treating these children, you also have that option.

Would you like to donate medications and medical supplies? Union of Health Work Committees (www.gaza-health.org), the parent organization of Al-Awda hospital in Jabalia (in the Gaza Strip) is in urgent need of help. If the number of visitors are an indication of the amount of support received by the vital Palestinian medical body, then the organization has sadly received little help. Visit their site and spend some time finding out the most suitable way for you to help. A recent appeal by Dr. Rabah Muhana, Chairman of the Board, indicated that Al-Awda hospital is running out of supplies. Can you assist an ailing hospital to care for its patients?

The Hebron based Al Ahli hospital (www.ahli.org/index1.html) is in greater need that it has ever been since it was established in 1978. The people of Hebron and surrounding areas are left suffering from suffocating blockades and lack of medical care.
Al Ahli hospital can help. Visit their web site and they will tell you how.

The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC), founded in 1979, is an organization mainly reliant on volunteer work that has succeeded in providing badly needed health services to Palestinian towns and villages throughout the occupied territories. "Over the years, UPMRC expanded its constituency to include some 1,200 participating physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists and other health professionals, the majority of them volunteers." Whether you are living in the US or elsewhere, you can do much to help UPMRC to bring the smile back to the faces of wounded Palestinians. Visit their site to learn about their inspiring projects, and find out how you can be part of it.

Interested in aiding highly effective political efforts led by Palestinian activists? Then visit The Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR) (www.rightofreturn.org/). CPRR is one of the most well known and most active organizations that is working hard to ensure justice and human rights for millions of Palestinian refugees. You can assist CPRR's growing campaign by donating directly through their informative web site. Empowering such a project will ensure that Palestinian voices are heard all over the world.

January 8, 2001