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#222: Classroom Supplies, Afghanistan:  The House of Flowers Montessori Orphanage in Kabul is a home and school for 32 vulnerable children in Kabul.  The following items are needed to strengthen the Montessori implementation in the classroom.   Low children's tables, $40.00 each; work boards, $5.00 each: building blocks and educational toys, $150.00; fabric (to hang on the walls) to display children's work, $25.00; low book shelves for children to be able reach Montessori materials, $240; radio/CD player for music lessons, $30.00.  Associated Organization,

#178:  Afghanistan, Solar Ovens: $50.00 will provide a solar oven for a family in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. These ovens are easy to assemble, light weight and long-lasting. For many Afghan families, wood is prohibitively expensive. The benefits of the oven include its ability to pasteurize water and the elimination of smoke. Smoke inhalation is a major health hazard, particularly for women, who do most of the cooking. Associated organization: Trust In Education,

#3: Sewing Machines, Kabul, Afghanistan: The vocational sewing machine project in Kabul, Afghanistan was established by the Peace Torch Foundation (De Solay Daywa) and local Rotary clubs.  The Peace Torch Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political, non partisan humanitarian organization which seeks to help the people of Afghanistan to recover from the hardship of war, to protect them from the continuing dangers of ignorance, sectarianism and racism and to foster the participation of Afghan women in the new economy and government of their country. The situation for women and children has become intolerable. The Peace Torch Foundation seeks to foster equality and dignity for all Afghans, and offers assistance, protection and education without discrimination of race or religion. The Foundation is helping to rebuild Afghanistan with grants of aid to the poorest elements of Afghan society.

The sewing machine project was set up to train 500 widows, mainly under the age of twenty.  Commercial as well as individual sewing machines are provided to the widows.  Sewing and marketing training is provided.  Their products are sold in the local markets.

#17: Vitamins and Supplies
Kabul, Afghanistan

In September 2002, MEPO began its first new major project in Afghanistan a free mother child-care clinic on the outskirts of Kabul. With the great influx of refugee returnees to Kabul (500,000 the first year), the already-decimated medical services have been unable to provide desperately needed services and facilities for the people.

In order to help meet some of the need, MEPO established a mother-child care clinic in an area outside of Kabul where 50,000 families have no medical facilities. In particular, women and children have great difficulty in finding medical care. So to this end, MEPO established the HEWAD MCH Clinic (MCH = Mother-Child Health). [HEWAD is MEPOs implementing partner for projects in Afghanistan, assisting in administration and in negotiating the governmental bureaucracy. But the programs are designed and implemented by MEPO and the staff and supported by MEPOs generous donors.]

The HEWAD MCH has developed a reputation as one of the best clinics in the area. Patients come from far- away districts to be seen and receive services. Women and children are provided with free check-ups by the in-house gynecologist or pediatrician or midwife, lab services by the lab technician, and nutritional advice by the health educator. Medicines and vitamins also are provided. They charge the equivalent of 3 cents for each patient and there is a policy of waiving that fee for those who are unable to pay.
#46: Radios, Afghanistan: $120.00 will buy a digital satellite radio, antenna and car battery for a remote area in Afghanistan. Young children and their families can hear songs and stories along with programs on child development. These programs are currently broadcast at childcare centers, schools and communities. More radios are needed for additional centers. Associated organization: Equal Access:


#49: Trees, Afghanistan: $5.00 will buy a fruit tree in Lalander, Afghanistan. In Spring 2006 over 50 families will plant fruit trees and annual crops in an area that recently has received irrigation. These trees will help to restore over 150 acres of farmland, devastated by 25 years of war. Associated Organization: Trust in Education,

#130:  Sheep and Lamb, Seeds and Fertilizer, Afghanistan:  $125.00 provides a female sheep with lamb and $60.00 will buy a bag of fertilizer and vegetable seeds.  Farmers need assistance to achieve sustainability and not be reliant on others in a survival mode of day to day living.  Associated Organization:  Trust In Education, 

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#51: Coffee and Supplies, Israel:
$56.00 will buy a coffee urn and $370.00 will buy cups, saucers, cutlery, tablecloths, serving trays, tables and coffee and snacks for 1 year for facilitated bi-weekly gatherings of women affected by domestic violence. They receive practical help and emotional support. Associated Organization: Haifa Battered Women's Hotline.

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#360: Syrian Refugee Camp, Jordan, Sewing Machines: $100.00 will provide a sewing machine. Fabric, thread, scissors cost $50.00. Refugees are being trained to use sewing machines so that they have a skill. The sewing machines are located in a community center. The women start by making their own clothes. Then they make clothing for sale. 10 machines are needed for each center.

#346:  Barber Shop Equipment and Supplies, Syrian Refugee Camp, Jordan: The goal is to set up a shop with two stations.  Funding is needed for items such as the following: Chair, $400.00; Water Tank, $350.00; sink, $150.00; Counter top, $150; Hair Dryers, $150.00; Mirrors, $80; Start-up supply of shampoo, lice treatment, $55.00; Supply Carts, $50.00; Combs, Brushes, Scissors, $75.00; Towels, Capes, $75.00; and Waiting Area Chairs, $25.00.

There are several reasons for setting up a barber shop in Jordan, but the main reason is to train refugees in a new skill to help them become independent. Those interested will apply and then be paired with an established barber who will teach them all the techniques and how to run a barber business. The refugees will eventually become self-supporting with their new skill.

The other important factor is hygiene. Barbershops perform an important function in helping people maintain hygiene by detecting, controlling, and eradicating lice outbreaks. One of the main reasons for a lice outbreak is due to lack of water and early detection. Barbers will be able to help detect and treat lice, lowering the spread of the pest.  Associated Organization:  Salaam Cultural Museum.

#305: Drinking water and drinking fountains, Jordan: $1950 will provide proper drinking water and water fountains for a school of between 300 - 1400 students.  70% of the students are less than 13 years old.  The students are from families with limited or low income who live in the Amman suburbs, Naour area, Balqa District, Jordan.  This area has been affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.  The water tanks will be fitted directly to Municipal water and then directly to new faucets.  Jordan is among the first four nations in the world in water scarcity and water resources.  Associated Organization: Amman Rotary Club.

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#174:  Lebanon, Kitchen Equipment:  New kitchen equipment is needed for a hospital/home which specializes in the care of 300 patients suffering from mental retardation.  Their psychiatric illnesses are addressed by a multi-disciplinary medical team.  They need a heavy duty mixer, $130.00; a stainless steel working table, $297; and double wall shelves, $342.

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#311: Solar Powered Lights, Gaza: Solar Powered Lights, Gaza:  In Gaza, electricity is available for as little as four hours each day.  Being in the dark can be scary, especially with the trauma that children in Gaza have endured.  Students need light to do their homework and families need light to cook and do everyday activities. These solar-powered lights are a safe and efficient alternative to using candles, kerosene lamps and LED lights powered by car batteries.  Rebuilding Alliance is able to send pallets of Luci Lights to Gaza for $10.00 per light, including shipping from the factory in China.  Three Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Gaza are partnering with Rebuilding Alliance to distribute the Luci Lights. The lights are pre-cleared for entry by both Israeli Customs and Palestinian Customs.  To view a short video about this project click here.

#249: Home Building Fixtures, West Bank, Palestine: The villagers of Al Aqaba have worked with Rebuilding Alliance (RA) to build new homes in war-torn areas. RA worked with families to design homes they can truly afford. The village created its own credit union to finance the rebuilding of their village, in order to raise their children in the peaceful place where they grew up. However, to move in they need the following: $170.00 laundry; $175.00 water tank; $205.00 toilet; $205.00 doors; and $220.00 shower.

#176:  Gaza, Children's Rehabilitation Items:  Children who have been victims of land mines need orthotic and prosthetic devices.  Crutches: $42.00; walking devices, $505.00; and arm prosthesis, $2106.00. Rehabilitation services are provided in Gaza and for severe cases, in Slovenia.  Matching funds are available.  Associated Organization: International Trust Fund.


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Project #2 Blankets, Pakistan:
At the International School of Islamabad (ISOI), Pakistan, students are involved in community service projects through ACT (Acting in the Community Together). The mission of ACT is to make a positive difference within the ISOI community and in the greater community by ensuring each high school student willingly and consciously develops as a responsible global citizen by pursuing community service opportunities organized and promoted by ACT.
The environmental science class was inspired to have a blanket drive after they returned from a field trip during which they visited small villages. In these villages on the outskirts of Islamabad refugees and poverty-stricken families were living in makeshift houses. After talking to some of the villagers, the students learned that over 500 families did not have blankets. The students decided to organize a blanket drive to provide blankets to some of these villagers before the really cold weather set in. Additionally they asked for assistance through Lantern Projects.
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#19: Wheelchairs, Rawalpindi, Pakistan: The student community service group at the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan is working at the hospice in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and has seen the need for wheelchairs.  The hospice provides services for men, women and children.  Most of patients are quadriplegic or terminally ill.  The hospice also runs a physical therapy clinic for young children.

#60:  Earthquake Relief, Pakistan: $15.00 provides a gas cylinder with light and burner for lighting and cooking; $17.00 provides a tool kit for reconstruction with a pick-ax, hammer, crowbar and 4 kg. of nails; and $22.00 buys a bedding kit containing a pillow, quilt, bed cover and two towels for earthquake victims in Siana, Pakistan.

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#259: Musical Instruments, Art Suppies and Toys for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Syrian refugee children are spending their childhood in camps away from Syria. The Malki Center for Women and Children in Amman, Jordan is offering psycho-social support and education and could use the following: $10.00-$30.00 musical instrument; $15:00 art supplies; $10.00 toys and puzzles and $10.00 dolls. Associated Organization: Salaam Cultural Museum.

#231: Food and Supplies, Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Due to the conflict in Syria, over 200,000 children have come into Jordan seeking refuge with their families just in the last few months.  They need food, $50.00 (lunch and snacks for 1 child for 1 month) and hygiene kits, $15.00 (ex: soap, lotion).  In addition, many children, ages 7 - 16, have missed out on regular schooling.  Temporary schools have been set up in the camp area and some students are able to go to schools in the cities.  $20.00 will provide a school kit (ex: pencils, pens, paper).  Associated Organization:

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