Each year, the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) makes grants to organizations/agencies that address human needs in Palestine, economic development in Palestine or provide education on understanding the nature of the Middle East and its conflicts. In 2013, IPMN was pleased to provide grants totaling $14,000.00 to the following:
- Holy Land Ecumenical Christian Foundation (HECF) - $7,000.00
- In His Steps Breast Cancer Project - $3,500.00
- Kairos USA - $3,500.00
These grants come from the funds raised in the annual IPMN campaign. Each year IPMN members and friends are challenged to meet the campaign goal knowing that a portion of their gifts will go to projects such as those above.
When informed of the grants for 2013, each of the organizations responded with enthusiasm and grateful hearts that the proposed projects would be able to go forward. We are pleased to share how these grants will be used.
The grant to HECF
will go to help upgrade the kitchen in the Birzeit Senior Citizen Center. The center was established in 2005 in an old building and has been fully rehabilitated except for the kitchen. Our grant will be combined with other gifts to complete the kitchen project. Even while inadequate, the center kitchen has been used several times each week to provide nutritional, appealing meals; over 3500 meals were served in 2013.
The Birzeit Senior Citizen Center is a project of local churches providing services to all regardless of income, gender, or faith. In addition to the hot meals, there are health care check-ups each month, daily activities of games, cards, crafts, devotions and spiritual enhancement. The seniors also teach the young people of the area traditional Palestinian heritage through dance, stories and conversation thereby preserving and transferring the traditions to the next generation.
The grant to Kairos USA
will provide congregations, grassroots groups and church-based organizations on local and denominational levels with methods, connectivity and information that will equip them to influence Members of Congress to support policies on Israel and Palestine that are in the interests of peace and U.S. national interests. The project will provide a centralized base of information about denominational campaigns, organizational campaigns, and other advocacy actions and issues. You can learn more at www.kairosusa.org
The grant to In His Steps Breast Cancer Project
is working towards increasing early detection working through a network of women’s councils and tribal village leaders in over 450 villages. Our grant is going towards shipping expenses and set up of a shipping container of medical equipment for the rural clinics to help in early detection; at this time, there is an extreme lack of working equipment in these rural villages. They are also working at increasing specialized training on breast disease for doctors, nurses, midwives radiologists and especially female practitioners to help address cultural concerns.
This project is a large project which has many challenges in addition to the need for funding. IPMN member Christy Reiners is instrumental in this project. She has recently received a work visa from Israel to be able to continue to work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Christy has shared an area of concern regarding advocacy in the U.S. that would be helpful to carrying out this project. As of now, Israel will not allow any radiation treatment inside the West Bank because of “security concerns.” This means that Palestinian patients must get to Israeli or Jordanian hospitals in order to receive treatment. Christy is hoping that some of us might join her in communicating with American doctors to raise questions about this position. Obviously, transfers for treatment are very expensive.
Many thanks to those who contributed to the 2012 – 2013 IPMN campaign. Our efforts are making a difference. The 2013 – 2014 campaign, 4D – Double Down for Divestment in Detroit, Phase 2
, is underway. The goal is $60,000.00 from IPMN members and friends. If you would like to share in this campaign,
please send your check as follows:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
(EO52802 on notation line)
Littlefield Presbyterian Church
7560 Littlefield Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48126
If you know of a project/organization that should be considered for the next round of IPMN grants for 2014, Click here
for criteria, application form and deadlines. Any questions, check with Linda Brebner (email@example.com