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MECI's Achievements - 2011

October 28, 2011


We are pleased to share with you the following important report on the positive impact the Middle East Children's Institute (MECI) is having on the children and women who are the beneficiaries of the program.  The MECI community development program is inspiring hope where little exists, building future leaders, and civil society in an area of conflict, the Middle East, and investment in MECI is yielding high returns for us all.


The following has been achieved in the last year:

  • More than doubled the number of students MECI serves on a daily basis (over 500 a day)

  • Opened a boys after school program for grades  1-6 and in doing so doubled the number of local employment opportunities for village women to over 150.

  • Reduced violence in schools from 25 serious incidents reported monthly to the Ministry of Education; and has maintained that "0" incidents level for nearly one year.

  • Achieved improved academic performance of up to 20% in math and English.

  • Initiated a partnership with the Barenboim-Said music conservatory program allowing 28 girls to take violin, cello, flute and clarinet lessons.  Four MECI counselors received training in advanced music instruction and training has begun for a boys' chorus with 45 MECI boys.

  • Conducted over 80 community service projects engaging 200 plus children, 150 family members and counselors in less than two years. Villagers have established a food and clothing bank from which their less fortunate neighbors are cared for through the children's community service efforts.

  • More than 1,500 medical checkups for students were conducted in the past year.

  • Have now served 180, 000 meals in less than four years, and reduced anemia from 20% to 0.5%.

  • Most important, children are confident, believe in themselves, have shown significant academic improvement, and women are growing as agents of change through MECI empowerment opportunities.

MECI opened in 2007 and this is just a sample of what   the MECI holistic comprehensive model of community   development has achieved with your help.  We are honored to enthusiastically share with you a few of the many accomplishments taking place at MECI. Without your support, none of this would be possible and all of us at MECI thank you for your generosity.


 MECI is dependent solely upon the generous   support  of individuals and family foundations, many  whom are  our friends and family. We are very proud to report that  for the third year in a row MECI is the recipient  of a  community grant of $12,500 from the International  Monetary Fund (IMF).  After a thorough and rigorous independent evaluation process, MECI is the only program in the West Bank receiving such grants from the IMF. Such grants sadly are few and far between, so we depend on you to instill hope through education.


                Please visit the website to make a contribution to continue MECI's work. 

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