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Dispair and Hope

November 1, 2012

 

For Palestinians, the conflict that surrounds them is entering its 64th year and frankly there is little or no hope on the horizon. Many people have completely lost hope for peace, 65% of the Palestinian population is under the age of 18, and for the first time there is a declining motivation to pursue education because of the lack of employment opportunities. School dropout rates for teens in the West Bank are at 30% and increasing. Approximately 70% of the population live below the poverty line or under $3 per day.

But there is hope. MECI now has impacted over 1,500 students and their families who have participated in the our program and we have been transforming lives and giving hope, one village at a time.

 

Some of our successes include:

 

For children:

  •   Absenteeism – from 36% to 0%

  •   Improved academic performance: increases in Math 26%, English 19%

  •   71% increase in students achieving grades of 90 or better

  •   Scored 6th out of 1,000 schools in Ministry of Education achievement

    tests across the West Bank

  •   Reduced aggressive behavior from 25 incidents per month and to zero -

    and we've maintained that for two years

  •   Over 230,000 nutritious snacks and hot meals served to children

  •   Over 1,500 complete blood tests and hearing tests conducted as part of

    the program

  •   Reduced anemia from 20% to 0% and maintained that for two years for

    all MECI students

  •   50% increase in children articulating (verbally and non-verbally) feelings

    of improved self esteem and positive self-imagery

For Women

  •   150 village women employed or engaged in income generating opportunities

  •  Heightened self worth and financial security of village women

  •   Organised unique workshops on nutrition, parenting, and women’s health issues

  •   Led business development workshops for local women’s associations

  •   Former MECI staff now hold positions in the public and private sectors 

 

 

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