The current war and ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just a struggle in the region where Heart of Mercy operates. For me, it’s personal. I was born and grew up in the West Bank. My family lived as IDPs (Internally Displaced People) due to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948.
My wife’s family was forced out of their home in Ramleh (near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport) with only the clothes on their back. They were never able to return home. My wife’s grandmother lived until her dying day with a suitcase packed and the key to her home on top, waiting to return. The trauma and scars of that war are still carried by those victims today, and the same refugees pushed out in 1948 are now the children and grandchildren who are being killed in Gaza.
I vividly remember the wars of 1956, 1967, 1973, 2002, and 2006, along with the intifadas (uprisings). Each time, I lived in the hope that it would be the last time. But it never was; it only bred a new generation with bitter anger at the atrocities committed, discontent with the complacency of the international community, and growing hatred across borders.
One of my goals in starting Heart of Mercy International was to forge a new way to reach all victims of this 75-year-long conflict. We believe every person has a right to security, freedom, and hope for a better future. A child in need is a child no matter what side of the border they are on. And our mission is to help those children, so we have been gathering humanitarian aid and medical supplies for those affected on both sides of this conflict.
We are now gathering aid and medical supplies that will be air-lifted to Gaza through our connections in the Jordanian government. In addition to this, we are bringing containers of aid from the U.S. and Jordan. These things are already in process and will begin to arrive soon.
We have been working in this region for almost 25 years and have forged solid partnerships with credible organizations to get these needed supplies into the key areas that need them the most.
And this is just the start. Heart of Mercy has set a fundraising goal of $150,000. All of which will be used for the people who need it most.
Your financial support will go a long way in helping us get containers of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to those in need. Thank you in advance for your donation. We believe that together, we can make a difference.
If you would like to donate, you can do so here on our website. Simply click here to be taken to our donation page.