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					Annual Report 2009
The Palestine
Children’s
Relief
Fund
A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation
Board of                      Medical
Directors                     Advisory Board                             PCRF Staff
Dr. Musa Nasir                Dr. Riyad Zannoun                          Executive Staff
Chairman                      Former Minister of Health, Palestine
                                                                         Steve Sosebee
H.E. Paul Lagendijk           Professor Guido Van Nooten                 President & CEO
Vice-Chairman                 Cardiac Surgeon, Belgium                   Mike Lowe
                                                                         Administrative Assistant
Sue Nasir                     Dr. Hugh Watts                             Suheil Flaifl
Treasurer                     Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, California   Project Manager: Palestine
                                                                         Nuha Al-Masry
Hiam Khaireddin               Dr. B. Sethia                              Project Manager: Lebanon
Secretary                     Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, UK
                                                                         Suhad Samara
                                                                         Executive Secretary
Donya Abduljawad              Dr. Imad Tabry
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia          Cardiac Surgeon, Florida                   Noura Dalou
                                                                         Secretary
Sameer Alansari               Dr. Enrico Robertto                        Tareq Hodaly
Dubai, U.A.E.                 Plastic Surgeon, Italy                     Palestine Accountant

Tayseer Barakat               Dr. Nader Hebela
                                                                         West Bank Social Workers
Kuwait                        Orthopedics, Philadelphia
                                                                         Randa Sharara
Ashraf Abu Essa               Dr. John van Aalst
                                                                         Ramallah
Qatar                         Pediatric Plastic Surgeon,
                              University of North Carolina               Amal Dwaek
                                                                         Hebron
Steve Sosebee
President & CEO               Dr. Scott Eggener                          Niveen Abed Al Hadi
                              Urology, University of Chicago             Bethlehem
                                                                         Linda Herzallah
Palestine Board               Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh                     Nablus,Qalqilia and Salfeet
                              Maxilloficial Surgeon, Chicago             Maha Madani
George Rizek                                                             Tulkarem
Chairman                      Dr. Alex Zouros                            Mona Fayad
Dr. Ahmed Abu Maraq           Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Loma Linda, CA     Jenin and Tubas
Vice-Chairman
                              Dr. Joe Binard
Ayman Al-Masri
Treasurer                     Urologist, Wisconsin                       Gaza Field Workers
Omar Anabtawi
                                                                         Khaled Najjar
Mazen Sinokrat                                                           Central Gaza
Hala Khoury                                                              Mohammad Hussein
Mutussam Asmar                                                           Northern Gaza
                                                                         Mohammad Afana
                                                                         Southern Gaza

Represented by:         Accounting:
The Bernabei Law Firm   Escott & Company
Washington, DC          Kent, Ohio
PCRF Chapters
Abu Dhabi               Suzanne Elshorafa        Boston               Cleveland         Baltimore
Chapter                 Hala Gabriel             chapter              Chapter           Chapter
                        Dolly Hishmeh            Marwan El Masri
Nawal Hasan                                                           Naifa Mansour     Mazen Bedri
                        Samira Jaridly           Laila Kassis
Tanya Zabaneh Hourani                                                 Hanan Mahmoud     Besma Al-Humadi
                        Karim Karam              Naila Jirmanus
Doha Al Wazany                                                        Nehaya Samamreh   Elaine Asal
                        Nahla Kayali             Nadia Yassa
Lana Kattan                                                           Raja Shaheen      Aline Hitti
                        Susan Schwartz           Harun El Masri
Samara Sahtout                                                        Ahlam Shaheen     Leila Abuelhawa
                        Edward Tawil
Iman Abdulwahab                                                       Hala Nafe         Rania Abu-Hamdah
                        Anis Zubi
Hanan Saadeh                                     Chicago              Nawal Suleiman    Sherief Hammad
                                                 chapter              Joanne Rabah      Nadine Samara
                        New Jersey                                    Inshierah Hamed   Andrew DuFresne
Dubai                   Chapter                  Ra-id Abdulla
Chapter                                                               Nadra Farhat
                                                 Khaled Abughazaleh
                        Mr Farid Asmar                                Tammy Hamed       Houston
                                                 Sa›ed A›rafat
Rana Said                                                             Eman Dughly       Representative
                        Rajie and Peg Cook       Sahar Alrayyes
Dina Saleh                                                            Annie Salem       Rania Awwad
                        Laila Gheith             Sarah Alrayyes
Nesreen Srouji                                                        Zohra Hamed
                        Ali and Wafa Jadalhack   Suzi Azhari
Nadia Wehbe                                                                             Medesto
                        Arlene Mikkelsen         Laura Badwan
                                                                                        Representative
                        Ikhlas Munnayer          Runda Badwan         Bay Area
                                                                                        Hajj Khaled Sharmouj
Los Angeles             Sara Sadik               Ramsey Judah         Chapter
Chapter                 Rima Taha                Dana Kardoush
                                                                      Amin Abuamara     Conneticuit
                        Nora Whisnant            Ahmad Khaldi
Lily Karam                                                            Dina Aburous      Representative
President                                        Khaldoun Rahmah                        Nicole Khaghat
                                                                      Mona Sousou
Alia Yunis              San Diego                May Barqaqi Rahmah
                                                                      Nabila Mango
First Vice-President    Chapter                  Rania Sadeq
                                                                      Nahla Shoman      Charlotte
Lulu Emery                                                                              Representative
                        Hanin Smith                                   Rana Hawit
Second Vice-President                                                                   Osama Idibi
                                                 Washington DC        Rima Qaru
Adel Hagekhalil         Farah Khaireddin         Chapter
Treasurer               Hiam Khaireddin                               Shireen Qaru
Randa Issa              Lenna Odeh                                    Zaid Albanna
                                                 Khaled Bouri
Secretary                                                             Nuha Shuman
                        Nadia Salibi             Dina Kennedy
Manal Sansour
                        Aya Malhas-Kassidi       Susan Kerin
Legal Counsel
                        Rafeef Samo              Zena Mikdadi
Dr. Hala Al-Tarifi
                        Jolanta Alkan            Muna Shami
Haitham Aranki
                        Karen Longstreth         Randa Awwad
Ahmad Azie
                        Maya Karram-Houry
Huda Bayaa
                        Amanda Nasser
Adilah Dahdul
Joe Dibsy
Annual Report 2009
The Palestine
Children’s
Relief
Fund
A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation
Contents


06 from the President and Chairman of the Board
Message

08 Huda Sosebee
In Memorium:

10 & Sick Children Treated Abroad in 2009
Injured

22 Surgery & Medical Missions in 2009
Volunteer


40 Relief Projects for 2009
Humanitarian

50 for 2010
Budget
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                                         Annual Report 2009
                                         The Palestine
                                         Children’s
                                         Relief
                                         Fund
                                         A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation




                                  Message from the President &
                                    Chairman of the Board
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Dear Friends,                            with grief, but also a determination            Middle East for millions of dollars
                                         to continue our humanitarian                    worth of free care. The majority
2009 was an extremely difficult year     mission to help more children get               of kids went to Dubai in the UAE,
for the Palestinian people, as well as   the medical care that they need,                which is part of an ongoing project
the PCRF family. In late December        but which is not available to them              with the Sheikh Mohammed bin
and through most of January, Israeli     locally. We want to lessen the                  Rashid Humanitarian and Charity
air, ground and naval forces assaulted   pain of parents all over the region             Establishment.
the Gaza Strip in a proclaimed effort    who might suffer the same broken
to stop militants from firing rockets    hearts and deep sadness that we                 Our greatest thanks goes to the
into Israeli towns. The result was       experienced in 2009.                            hundreds of volunteer doctors,
the complete destruction of what                                                         nurses, specialists, host families,
little infrastructure remained in        Despite these personal tragedies,               PCRF chapter members, and donors
Gaza after decades of Intifada and       the PCRF continued its work                     who made this work possible. We are
occupation. Thousands of innocent        unabated.      Over 50 volunteer                a grassroots institution that brings
Palestinian civilians were killed        surgery teams in pediatric cardiac              together a wide range of people and
and injured in Gaza, while the local     surgery and cardiology, orthopedics             resources from all over the world
Hamas regime did little to politically   and spine surgery, urology, plastic &           to address the humanitarian crisis
or economically alleviate the plight     reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial,          facing Arab children in Palestine,
of the 1.5 million poor people that      pediatric dental care and many                  Lebanon and Iraq. We hope that
they now rule.                           other important specialites went to             2010 will be a better one for our staff
                                         Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon’s               and members, but more importantly
Meanwhile, the PCRF family was           camps to treat over 1,000 children in           one of less violence and suffering for
badly shaken and remain in deep          need. The pediatric cardiac surgery             the Arab children in the Middle East.
grief with the passing of the head       program in Makassed, which was                  Whatever the circumstances on
PCRF social worker, Ms. Huda Al-         initiated and supported by the                  the ground, the PCRF will continue
Masri. Huda was married for nearly       PCRF, is improving and becoming                 to provide healing and hope to
18 happy years to PCRF founder           more independent, with over 600                 children and their families at a time
and president Steve Sosebee and          Palestinian babies have had life-               when there is little of either.
together they helped to build the        saving surgery there in the past
organization into one of the most        few years. Many of these projects
effective and efficient groups           were supported by a grant from the
working in the Middle East for           Sharjah-based Salam ya Saghar.
children. Towards the end of the                                                         Dr. Musa Naser
year, Dr. Jafar Nasir, the son of PCRF   We also continue to send children               Chairman of the Board
Chairman and co-founders Dr. Musa        abroad for free care that they
and Sue Nasir, passed away while in      cannot get locally.      Over two-
Guam working as a physician. These       dozen children, suffering from birth
two irreplaceable members of the         defects to war wounds, went to                  Steve Sosebee
PCRF family have filled our hearts       the USA, Europe and parts of the                President & CEO
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                                           In
                                         Memorium
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Huda (Al-Masri ) Sosebee passed peacefully over to God’s embrace on July 15, 2009 in her
home in Kent, Ohio in the presence of her loving family, following a 7-month battle with Leuke-
mia. Huda was the head social worker for the PCRF, where she touched the lives of thousands
of sick and injured children throughout the Middle East. She was diagnosed on Christmas Day,
2008, while in the Emirates Hospital in Dubai helping treat several injured kids from Palestine.

Huda was born on December 18, 1962 in Ramallah, Palestine to Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Masri and
Zahraa Flaifl and is survived by her brothers, Abdullah, Ahmed, Mohammed, Mahmoud and
Nasser, and sisters, Hanan, Hiam and Waila. She is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters, Ji-
han, Hana, Hala, Hisham and Nahlah. Huda returned home to her mother, Zahraa, who passed
away when she was 13-years-old. Huda left two beautiful daughters, Deema and Jenna, and a
loving husband, Steve Sosebee, who she married in Ramallah on January 15, 1993. Her family
and friends were the center and love of her life and provided her great joy and happiness, par-
ticularly in seeing the growth of her two special daughters over the past 12 years.

Huda earned her degree in social work from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem and a master’s
degree in Public Health from Kent State University in 2006. In 1993, Huda began working as the
head social worker for the PCRF. Her great human spirit touched the lives of dozens of injured
children throughout the years, as she personally cared for many in her home in Ohio while they
received treatment in in the USA. Nearly 1,000 more children with different medical needs were
touched by Huda’s loving hand, as she helped organize and place them for free medical care in
the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Throughout the years, Huda’s hard work and loving care
resulted in the treatment of thousands of needy children throughout Palestine, Lebanon, Syria,
and Iraq. Even during her struggle with cancer, she worked to arrange for injured children host
families, medical treatment and the loving care that they otherwise would not get in their home-
land. Her departure is a deep loss for the poor and needy children of the Holy Land, as well as
thousands of loving family and friends all over the world.

Huda was a loving mother and wife, a proud Arab woman and a courageous Palestinian who
believed in the cause of peace and justice for her people and worked hard to heal the wounds
of war and occupation for children all over the Middle East. Her departure is a terrible loss for all
peace-loving people and especially for the children of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq, who continue
to suffer the lack of adequate health care in their countries. She was loved by thousands and will
be missed by many more.
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                                     Children Treated Abroad in who could
     Injured & Sick the first Intifada with the purpose of identifying sick and injured kids2009
     The PCRF was established during
     not be treated locally, and arrange free care for them abroad. Since 1990, over 850 children have been sent to North
     America, Europe and the Middle East for free care. We rely on the generous support of host families and volunteers
     who house and care for our children while they are being treated outside of their homeland, often without their
     parents. We also depend on the charitable contributions of dozens of doctors and hospitals who donate their
     services, amounting to millions of dollars of free care annually. With the war in Iraq and the continued siege and
     military assaults on the Gaza Strip, hundreds of children are still in need of care that they cannot get locally. The
     PCRF is the main relief group working in the Middle East to provide this care.
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Palestinian Refugee Sent to            Palestinian Refugee         Injured Iraqi girl has surgery in Ohio
Malaysia for Treatment                 Baby Has Life-Saving        On January 10, 7-year-old Shahad Salah
Three years to the month following     Surgery in Italy            had orthopedic surgery at Aultman Health
the Israeli assault in Lebanon,        In January, 2-year-old      Center in Canton, Ohio. Shahad and her
we sent 13-year-old Mohammed           Hassan Hourani from         mother were brought to the US at the end
Moussa Al-Hajj from the Rashideya      the Nairab refugee          of 2008 so that Shahad could be fitted
refugee camp in south Lebanon to       camp in Syria was sent      for a free prosthetic leg, but it was soon
Malaysia in cooperation with the       to Naples, Italy for        discovered that she would need additional
Malaysia Relief Agency (MRA) for       life-saving open-heart      surgery to her leg before she could be
free medical care. Mohammed            surgery by Prof. Carlo      properly fitted for a prosthesis. Dr. John
lost both legs from an Israeli shell   Vosa. He went with          Riester and Aultman Health Center treated
while playing in the streets and was   his mother Khawther         Shahad as a charity case. Shahad’s injury
fitted with a new prosthesis and       Jamal. Several children     came when she lost her leg from a rocket
had surgery. This is the first child   from all over the           attack at her home in Baghdad in 2007.
that the PCRF and the MRA have         Middle East have been       Yanke Bionics in Akron provided her with
cooperated on, though we have          sent to Prof. Vosa in the   free prosthetic care after she healed from
sponsored surgery missions by          past 10 years, and he       her surgery. Several Palestinain and Iraqi
Malaysian doctors to Lebanon and       has led several missions    kids have been treated for free by Yanke
Syria in the past.                     to Palestine as well.       Bionics through the PCRF since 1990.
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     Dr. Giancarlo Crupi Provides Two Babies                                            Injured Gaza
                                                                                        Boy stays 6
     from Syria Life-Saving Surgery in Italy                                            months for
                                                                                        treatment in
     On February 15, 10-month old Mada Faker                                            the USA
     Eldine from a refugee camp in Damascus                                             On May 24,
     returned to Syria following life-saving                                            15-year-old
     open-heart surgery by Dr. Giancarlo Crupi                                          Ahmed Abu
     in Bergamo, Italy. The child traveled with                                         Salam and
     her mother Reem and was born with a                                                his mother
     heart defect that could not be treated in                                          Karima arrived
     Syria.                                                                             in Madison,
                                                                                        Wisconsin for surgery to repair
     On November 22nd, 3-year-old Nasrallah                                             a skull defect, which he suffered
     Al-Eid from Raqa in Syria went with his                                            from an Israeli bomb near his
     mother Taedi to Bergamo, Italy for open-                                           home in the Jebalya refugee camp
     heart surgery by Dr. Giancarlo Crupi.                                              in northern Gaza in 2008. He
     Nasrallah had total Cavo-Pulmoari surgery,                                         was treated by Dr. Delora Mount,
     otherwise known as a Fonton Procedure,                                             assistant professor of surgery at the
     which is a highly complex operation that                                           University of Wisconsin Medical
     was not available to him in Syria. Dr. Crupi                                       Center. The PCRF cooperated
     has treated over 100 children with heart problems through the PCRF over            with the Madison-Rafah Sister
     the past 10 years, including leading missions to the West Bank, Gaza Strip         City Project (MRSCP) to care for
     and East Jerusalem. He has also arranged free care through the Rotary              Ahmed and his mother during this
     Club in Bergamo for many other children sent by the PCRF for care that             treatment in the States.
     they otherwise would not get. Dr. Crupi will be leading another mission to
     Jerusalem with the PCRF in January, 2010.

                                          Iraqi baby has surgery in India
                                          In mid-April, the PCRF sent 18-month-
                                          old Murthada Khadim from Baghdad, to
                                          the Uro-Care Hospital in Rajkot-Gujarat,
                                          India for free urological surgery that was
                                          not available to the child in his war- torn
                                          country. Dr Jitendra Amlani provided his
                                          kind surgical and administrative help in
     treating this child. It is the first child that the PCRF has sent to India for
     medical care. India has many of the top doctors in the world and the PCRF
     is happy to help our children get care at their centers of excellence.
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                                                                         Iraqi teen’s dream of returning to L.A.
                                                                         comes true
                                                                         in July 15-year-old Marwa Naim from
                                                                         Baghdad returned to Los Angelese for
                                                                         follow-up surgery at the UCLA Medical
                                                                         Center. Marwa was treated in 2007 in
                                                                         Los Angeles through the PCRF and CIVIC,
                                                                         and needed further facial reconstructive
                                                                         surgery. She was injured in her face when
                                                                         her home was hit by a bomb in the early
                                                                         stages of the Iraq war.




Twin Brothers Perform Surgery on 7-year old Boy
From Iraq New Jersey
On July 22, Kimball Medical Center physicians Vince
Moss, MD and his twin brother Vance Moss, MD,
performed a delicate surgery on 7-year-old boy
Ahmed Faleh from Kirkuk, Iraq. He was born with a
rare birth defect which left his bladder on the outside
of his body. The Moss brothers worked with the
PCRF in July of 2008, when they operated on a young
Iraq girl at Kimball, for a similar urologic condition.
                                                          Iraqi boy has life-saving surgery in Amman
Ahmed and his grandmother were housed by a
                                                          On August 17, 4-year-old Mohammed Asaad Salih
volunteer family in the New Jersey area and cared for
                                                          from Iraq had life-saving open-heart surgery at the Al-
by the NJ PCRF chapter.
                                                          Khalidi Medical Center in Amman, Jordan. The boy was
                                                          born with congenital heart disease and could not be
                                                          adequately treated in his war-torn country. The PCRF
                                                          helped to cover his transporation, housing and medcal
                                                          fees in Jordan.
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                                    Four Injured Gaza Children Sent to the USA for Treatment
                                    On September 5, four children from the besieged Gaza Strip arrived in the USA
                                    for free medical care. These children were delayed from traveling because the
                                    Egyptian authorities refused to let them cross out of Gaza for several months. They
                                    were: Faraj Saleh, 9 years old, who was injured by an IDF bomb in January and
                                    neede vascular care in Annapolis, MD; Sobhi Sobeh, 14 years old, who lost his leg
     while on his families farm in Beit Lahya in northern Gaza as an 8-year-old child and was treated in Seattle; Ghassan
     Matar, 15 years old, who lost both legs in January from an IDF bomb and had treatment arranged in Dearborn,
     MI. Meanwhile, 3-year-old Osama Al Asmar came with his mother for spine surgery by Dr. Walid Yasir at Children’s
     Hospital in Detroit, MI.


                                            Iraqi Boy Has Surgery in Amman
                                            On November 11, 6-year-old
                                            Luay Khalid Naji from the Al-
                                            Anbar Province in Iraq had
                                            maxillofacial surgery at the
                                            Specialty Hospital in Amman,
                                            Jordan by Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh
                                            from Chicago and Dr. Fernando
                                            Sandoval Vernimmen from the
                                            University of San Francisco, Quito,
                                            Ecqudor. Both were in Jordan on their way to provide maxillofacial surgery
                                            in Nablus. Luay was born with congenital deformities of his face and could
                                            not be treated in Iraq. The PCRF arranged for this transportation to Jordan,
                                            covered his housing there with his mother and paid $3,000 for his operation
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   Four More Injured Gaza Children Arrive in the USA for Medical Care
   On November 14, four injured children from the Gaza Strip
   arrived in the USA for free medical care after suffering injuries in
   the Gaza Strip. 4-year-old Farah Abu Halima went to San Diego
   for extensive reconstructive surgery after being injured by an
   IDF phosphorous bomb on January 4th in which her mother and
   several of her relatives were killed. She was accompanied by her
   grandmother, who lost her husband and several children in the
   attack. They are from Beit Lahya in northern Gaza.

   15-year-old Mariam El Shafei from Beit Hanoun in Gaza lost her
   eye from an Israeli bomb and had ophthalmic care by Raymond
   Rendon in San Jose, CA.

   12-year-old Mohanned Hammoudeh suffered a gunshot injury to
   his leg and returned to the Los Angeles Shriners for orthopedic
   care. He had surgery there two years ago and needed follow-up
   treatment.

   6-year-old Hanadi Joma was born with congenital dislocation
   of her hips and was sent to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas,
   Texas, where she had her first operation in early December. She
   traveled with her mother. She is being supported locally by the nonprofit
   KinderUSA to help arrange her housing and accommodations.

Ramallah Child Sent to Switzerland              Iraqi girl gets orthopedic surgery in
In mid-December, 8-year-old Baraah              Arkansas
Al Hijaiji from the Ramallah area               In late December, 4-year-old Christine
went with her mother Haifa to Basel             Markoob from the
Children›s Hospital in Switzerland,             village of Qaraqos in the
for orthopedic surgery on her club              province of Nineveh in
foot and spine. Her treatment                   northern Iraq was sent
was arranged by the Little Wings                with her mother Dina
Foundation in Dubai, who have been              to Arkansas Children’s
working with the PCRF in doing                  Hospital for surgery on
missions in the West Bank, as well as           her spine. The child
treating kids in Dubai. This is the first       was born with Spina
child that we have cooperated on                Bifida and had a failed
sending to Europe for free care.                operation in Iraq when
                                                she was one year old.
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     Two West Bank Children Treated at Presbyterian Hospital
     in Charlotte, North Carolina
                         On August 1, 3-year-                                       On December 7, 18-month-old
                         old Anas Lolah went                                        Fedwa Albetaji from the West Bank
                         with his mother Aesha                                      town of Hebron had pediatric
                         for urological surgery                                     urological surgery by Dr. John
                         to repair a birth defect                                   Gazak at the Presbyterian Hospital.
                         by Dr. John Gazak                                          The child was born with a bladder
                         at the Presbyterian                                        deformity and Dr. Gazak provided
     Hospital. Anas is from the West Bank                                           her the first stage of her treatment by
     town of Nablus and could not be treated in                                     draining her bladder and repairing
     Palestine, as there are no pediatric urologists   her hernias, which should improve her kidney and set her up for
     in the West Bank. Anas and his mother were        reconstructive surgery in 2010. Dr. Gazak was on a mission to
     cared for by volunteers in the Charlotte          Palestine in the Spring of 2009 and treated several children in
     community.                                        Ramallah Hospital.



                       Iraqi Refugee Has
                       Surgery in Beirut
                       On December 10,
                       the PCRF helped to
                       coordinate and arrange
                       the surgery for 7-year-
                       old Muntazer Kamel Al
                       Bedayri, an Iraqi Refugee
                       who suffered from
                       Kyphoscoliosis, weakness
                       of the lower right limb,
                       diastematomyelia of
                       the Dorsal spine. He
                       underwent two surgeries
                       at Hotel Dieu De France
                       Hospital in the Ashrafeyah
                       area of Beirut. The first
                       surgery was on Dec 1, and
                       the 2nd was on Dec 10.
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                                                                                  Injured Nablus Boy
                                                                                  Sent to Dubai
                                                                                  In September, 17-year-old
                                                                                  Baha Sleem, who lost his
                                                                                  right eye when an Israeli shell
                                                                                  hit his home in the Old City
                                                                                  of Nablus three years ago,
                                                                                  went to Dubai for treatment
                                                                                  to rebuild his socket and to
                                                                                  be fitted for an artificial eye.
                                                                                  Baha will return in 2010 for
                                                                                  further care in the UAE.

                                   Two Children Sent to
                                   Dubai for Free Treatment
                                   in Private Sector
                                   In April, along with the
                                   large group of children
                                   sent to Dubai through
                                   MBRAM, two other PCRF
                                   children were sent for
                                   treatment for free. They
                                   were Adham Al Rozzi
                                   from Gaza City, who has
                                   cerebral palsy and was
                                   suffering from club feet.
                                   He was treated by Dr.
                                   Maarten Spruit at the
Dubai Bone and Joint Center and City Hospital. 6-year-
old Sana Toobasi from Jenin, who suffered from a variety
of orthopedic disorders, including club feet was treated
by Dr. Marc Sinclair of the Little Wings Foundation at the
Medcare Hospital in Dubai.
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                                                                  Over two-dozen Children Sent to Dubai under
                                                                  the Sponsorship of The Mohammed bin Rashid Al
     ‫مؤسسة محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم لألعمال الخيرية‬
     Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est.   Maktoum Humanitarian & Charitable Establishment
     In 2009, three different groups of injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip were sent to Dubai in
     cooperation with the the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charitable Establishment (MBRAM).
     The PCRF has been working with MBRAM for over a year to treat children from Palestine in Dubai, as well as
     helping to facilitate humanitarian relief in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli assault in January, 2009. The children
     were cared for locally in Dubai by dozens of volunteers and host families organized by the PCRF Dubai chapter.


     January-February                                                       April-May
     On January 28, 2009, five children went to                             Seve injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, many
     Dubai from the besieged Gaza Strip for free                            of them injured during Israel’s January assault on Gaza, were
     medical care They were:                                                sent for treatment that was not available to them locally. The
     Mutasem Abu Karesh, 11 years-old from                                  Gaza children were:
     Jabalia. Helost his leg due to an Israeli bomb                         Ayoub Atallah 17, from Beit Hanoun, who lost his right leg and
     three years ago; Abdullah Al athamna,                                  part of his left hand from an Israeli bomb; Mousa Al Soud, 14,
     9 years-old from Beit Hanoun. He lost his                              from the Briej refugee camp, who lost his right hand from an
     right leg below the knee due to the famous                             Israeli bomb; Omer Abu Rahman, 17, from central Gaza, who
     massacre in Beit Hanoun two years ago in                               lost his left leg from an Israeli bomb; Somaia Al Makadmeh, 18,
     which the Israelis bombed his home, killing                            who lost her left leg from an Israeli bomb; Khould Al Seesi, 18,
     18 members of his family; Odai Al Jamal, 8                             from Gaza, who also lost her leg above the knee from a bomb.
     years from Jabalia RC. He lost his right leg
     below the knee two years ago when the                                  The West Bank children were:
     Israelis invade Jabalia RC and he got injured                          Mohammed Sweeti, 3 y, from Hebron, who lost his left arm;
     from tank shell at his house. He went with his                         Ahmed Jawabrah, 14 y, from Hebron, who was born without
     mother; Mohammed Walid Jouda, 16 years                                 a right arm; Sahar Ali Al Mour, 16 y, from Hebron, who is
     old from Al Zahra. He lost his left leg below                          missing her left arm at the shoulder; Deena Hashim Jouda, 13
     knee due to car accident, and he couldn’t                              y, from Tulkarem, who was born without a left hand; Anas Bilal
     get a prosthesis in Gaza. He went with his                             Mohammad Jubhi, 14, from Tulkarem, who lost his left leg
     mother; Yara Mhanna, 3 years old from Tal                              from a bomb; Naian Khaled Abed Allateef Radad, 15, from
     Al Hawa. She suffered hearing loss followed                            Tulkarem, who was born without a right arm; Younis Galbous,
     bacterial meningitis and she needed cochlear                           16, from Mirkah/Jenin, who is missing his right leg; Kareem
     implantation, which is not available for her                           Awwad, 7, from Jenin, who was born without a arm; Sabreen
     in Palestine. Yara was accompanied by her                              Musbah, 16 y, from Nablus, who was born without an arm;
     mother.                                                                Mohammed Azar, 16 y, from Nablus, who is missing his left leg.
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                                                      December
                                                      In early
                                                      December, three
                                                      children went to
                                                      have prosthetic
                                                      limbs fitted. The
                                                      three all suffered
                                                      horrific accidents
                                                      and stayed with
                                                      host families and
                                                      supported by the
                                                      local PCRF Dubai
                                                      chapter. They
                                                      were:
                                                      Yasmin Mustafa
                                                      Al Najjar, 13,
                                                      from Tubas. She
                                                      was three years
                                                      old when a truck
                                                      crashed into
                                                      her, amputating
                                                      her leg above
                                                      the knee;
                                                      Ahmed Yousef
                                                      Daraghmeh,
                                                      12, from Jenin.
                                                      He lost his arm
                                                      when he fell
                                                      off a tractor;
                                                      Mohammad
                                                      Fawaz Saied
                                                      Sawafteh, 12,
                                                      from Jenin. He
                                                      lost his right
                                                      leg in a fall and
                                                      was provided
                                                      a quality
                                                      prosthesis.
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                                          Relief
                                          Fund
                                          A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation




          Volunteer Surgery & Medical Missions in 2009
     In 2009, the PCRF sent more surgical missions to Palestine and Lebanon than any other previous year, treating over a
     thousand sick and injured kids and providing expert training and experience for local medical personnel. The PCRF
     is the main organization continuously providing volunteer surgical teams of highly qualified international doctors
     and nurses in such highly specialized areas as pediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology, plastic and reconstructive
     surgery, maxillofacial and cleft palate surgery, orthopedics and spine surgery, ophthalmology, vascular, and
     pediatric neurosurgery. While we continue to provide expert care for sick and injured kids in their local hospitals,
     our long-term goal is to build the local capacity in the above-mentioned specialties so there will be no need for
     foreign missions to the region.
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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery & Cardiology
Over the past several years, the PCRF has sponsored and organized dozens of volunteer surgery missions to
Palestine in an effort to build the first and only pediatric cardiac surgery program serving the children of the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. Working with the highly-qualified staff at Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital on the
Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, the PCRF has set up the first and only pediatric intensive care unit in Palestine,
as well as providing millions of dollars worth of donated supplies and equipment. The main consulting arm of this
program through the PCRF is the International Pediatric Cardiac Relief Organization (IPCRO), undert the leadership
of Dr. B. Sethia. Hundreds of children have had life-saving open-heart surgery through the PCRF program in
Makassed, and the unit is closer to self-sufficiency than ever before.

Dr. Stefano Luisi/Italy
Over the past few years, Dr. Ste-
fano Luisi from Messa, Italy has led
several missions to Palestine with
the PCRF to support the pediat-
ric cardaic surgery program. He
has also treated several children
through the PCRF for free at his hos-
pital in Italy. Dr. Luisi is also very ac-
tive with his local government and
                                             January 9-16                                              April 18-25
NGOs in Italy to raise funds for this
                                             Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi,                                Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi
program and provide training and             anesthesiologist Dr. PierAntoni Furfori                   was joined by surgeon Dr.
equipment for doctors in Makassed.           and Cardiologist/Intensivist Dr. Tizian                   Anna Filomena Maizza,
In 2009, Dr. Luisi led four surgery          Spadoni worked for a week with the local                  anesthesiologist Dr. Dorela
missions to Palestine with the PCRF.         team treating over a dozen children from                  Haxhiademi and perfusionist
They were:                                   the West Bank and Gaza Strip                              Alba Buselli for a week of
                                                                                                       complex operations on sick
                                                                                                       babies from the West Bank
                                                                                                       and Gaza Strip.
                                                                  June 6-14
                                                                  Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi led his
                                                                  third mission that included surgeon
                                                                  Dr. Anna Maizza, intensivist/
                                                                  anesthsiologist Dr. Paolo Del Sarto
                                                                  and OR nurse Gabriele Giorgi.
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                                                                                November 6-13
                                                                                Dr. Stefano Luisi led his fourth mission
                                                                                of 2009 with surgeon Dr. Luigi Arcieri
                                                                                and intensive care and anesthesiologist
                                                                                Dr. Paolo Del Sarto, who has also
                                                                                been on several past mission to
                                                                                Palestine. Anesthesiologist technician
                                                                                Daniela Pardini and ICU nurse Valentina
                                                                                Molese also participated in this mission.
                                                                                For the year 2009, Dr. Luisi and his team
                                                                                from Messa saved the lives of dozens of
                                                                                sick babies from the West Bank and Gaza
                                                                                Strip.

     Dr. B. Sethia/United                 January 29-February 2:
     Kingdom                              Surgeon Dr. B. Sethia and ICU nurse
     Since 1999, Dr. Sethia               Jody Luckie went to Makassed
                                          Hospital to provide open-heart
     has been leading Brit-
                                          surgery on children with congenital
     ish teams to Palestine               heart disease. In only a weekend of
     through the PCRF,                    volunteer work, Dr. Sethia managed
     providing hundreds of                to operate on eight children who
     sick babies life-saving              were born with heart defects.
     care that they other-
     wise would not get lo-
     cally. Dr. Sethia works
     at the Royal Brompton                                                                               March 13-17
     Hospital in London and                                                                              For the second
                                                                                                         time in 2009,
     is the president-elect
                                                                                                         Dr. B. Sethia,
     of the main consult-                                                                                and ICU nurse
     ing group for building                                                                              Natasha Pool
     a pediatric cardiac                                                                                 provided care
     surgery program in                                                                                  for eight sick
     Palestine, IPCRO. He                                                                                children who
                                                                                                         were born with
     led three missions to
                                                                                                         heart disease.
     Makassed Hospital in
     2009. They were:
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                                 Dr. Alan Kerr/New
                                 Zealand                       October 3-November 5
                                 Since 2000, Dr. Alan Kerr,    Throughout the month of October, a 3-member
                                 a senior cardiac surgeon      team of doctors and nurses from New Zealand
                                 (ret.) from Green Lane        worked hard to save the lives of babies with
                                 Hospital in Auckland, New     congenital heart disease at Makassed Hospital
                                 Zealand has spent more        on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. Led
                                 time providing children in    by Dr. Alan Kerr, the team included
                                 Palestine life-saving open-   anesthesiologist and intensivist Dr. David
                                 heart surgery than any        Buckley and ICU nurse Nikki Gini, both of whom
                                 other volunteer foreign       have also worked in Palestine with the PCRF in
                                 surgeon. Hundreds of sick     the past.
                                 babies have had life-saving
                                 surgery by Dr. Kerr, who
November 28-December 4           has worked in Ramallah
Surgeon Dr. B. Sethia            Hospital in the West Bank,
led a team that included
                                 Shifa Hospital in the Gaza
anesthesiologist Dr. Alistair
                                 Strip and now in Makassed
Cranston from Birmingham
                                 Hospital in East Jerusalem.
Children’s Hospital, and
                                 Dr. Kerr is able to spend
ICU nurses from Brompton
                                 extended periods of time
Hospital, Jodie Luckie and
                                 at the hospital treating
Lydia Lofton. Most of this
                                 kids and training local
team have been on several
                                 personnel. He led three
past missions to Palestine
                                 extended missions in 2009.
in the past. Over a dozen
                                 They were:
babies were treated.

                                April 25-May 28                                                              December 5-19
                                On May 28th, Dr. Alan Kerr,                                                  Dr. Kerr returned in
                                a senior cardiac surgeon                                                     early December for a
                                from Greenlane Hospital                                                      two-week mission with
                                (ret.) in Auckland, New                                                      Portugese intensivist
                                Zealand finished a month-                                                    Dr. Antonio Pires, and
                                long mission of providing                                                    New Zealand ICU nurse
                                pediatric cardiac surgery                                                    Warren Nairn. Nearly
                                on dozens of sick babies                                                     two dozen babies had
                                at Makassed Hospital on                                                      life-saving surgery.
                                the Mount of Olives in East
                                Jerusalem.
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     Dr. Dominique Metras/France
                                           Dr. Michael Cooper
     Over the past few years, Dr.
                                           In September, Dr. Michael Cooper, a pediatric cardiologist working in
     Dominique Metras from, the head
                                           the Bay Area, provided free screening on children with congenital heart
     of cardiac surgery at Hospital
                                           disease at the PCRF clinic in Ramallah. Dr. Cooper has been on several
     d’Enfants de la Timone in Marselle,
                                           past mission to Palestine through the PCRF and has identified several
     France has been doing surgery
                                           sick children who later had open-heart surgery through the PCRF
     missions to Makassed Hospital in
                                           surgery missions at Makassed Hospital.
     coordination with the PCRF and
     the Consulate of France in East
     Jerusalem. His mission in 2009 was
     from February 9-16 and included
     OR nurse Dr. Patrick Siclis.
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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
The first volunteer mission that the PCRF ever sent to Palestine back in the 1990s was in plastic surgery. There are
hundreds of children with injuries or birth defects every year in Palestine who need plastic and reconstructive
surgery that is not easily available to them locally. The PCRF sponsors a local surgery program in the West Bank
by Dr. Hisham Ammous, as well as a cleft surgery program in Gaza by Dr. Nafez Shaban. However, there are still
hundreds of kids in need of surgery through visiting teams. In 2009 we sent several teams to treat hundreds of
children with congenital malformations and injuries. They were:




                                     Dr. Diachi Morioka                           Dr. Bill Riley and Dr. Mike Parker
                                     On February 17, Dr. Diachi                   On October 9, a 6-member team of doctors
                                     Morioka, a plastic and                       and nurses from the USA arrived in the
Dr. Maher Anous                      reconstructive surgeon from                  besieged West Bank town of Nablus for a
On January 15, Dr. Maher Anous       Japan, was refused entry into the            week of plastic and reconstructive surgery
from Seattle, Washington started     besieged Gaza Strip by the Israeli           in Rafidiah Hospital. Led by Dr. Bill Riley
a week of surgery at Rafidiah        authorities, despite having gone             from Houston, Texas and Dr. Mike Parker
Hospital in the West Bank town       to Gaza in the past and working              from Akron, Ohio, the team also included
of Nablus. Joining him were          last December in the West Bank               surgical assistant Silvia Kornenak and
anesthesiologist Dr. Hafez Sami      through the PCRF. There were                 anesthesia assistant Ukeme Umoren, as
from Illinois and OR nurse Candi     hundreds of burned and injured               well as OR nurse Amal Jubran from San
Anous from Seattle. They treated     children waiting for Dr. Morioka             Diego and anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer
dozens of burned and injured         in Gaza, but his application to              from Iowa. Both Dr. Meyer and Ms. Jubran
children who otherwise would         enter Gaza was denied and he                 were part of the PCRF mission during the
not get the care that they           was forced to go back to the New             first week of October in Nablus doing
needed locally. Dr. Anous also       Jericho Hospital in the West Bank            pediatric urology and cleft lip and palate
led a mission to Gaza in 2003        to treat dozens of burned children.          surgery. Dr. Riley and Dr. Parker both have
through the PCRF, but was not        The mission was in cooperation               been on several past PCRF missions to
able to get into Gaza during this    with the Japan-Palestinian Medical           Palestine and have both provided expert
trip because of the IDF assault.     Association (JPMA).                          surgery care for hundreds of poor and
                                                                                  needy children.
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     Cleft Lip & Palate Repair Surgery
     Over the past few years, the PCRF has been building a program with many international volunteers and organza-
     tions to address the issue of children born woth facial deformities in Palestine, particularly with cleft lip and palates.
     Through a 2007 grant from The Smile Train, the PCRF has been able to help hundreds of kids get free care, as well as
     set up and sponsor international medical conferences in Ramallah with the Palestinian Cleft Society. Several mis-
     sions were also sponsored in 2009 to the West Bank by the PCRF. They were:




                                                                                        Dr. John Wallace and Dr.
                                                                                        Mohammed Erekat
     Dr. John van Aalst and Dr. Libby Wilson                                            On October 2nd, a 3-member
     On June 10th, two American plastic surgery teams started surgery                   team of doctors from the USA
     missions on children with facial deformities, mainly cleft lip and palate          arrived in the West Bank town of
     malformations, at the Jericho and Tulkarem government hospitals in the             Nablus to start a week of plastic
     West Bank. Led by Dr. John van Aalst, the chief of pediatric plastic surgery       and reconstructive surgery on
     at the University of North Carolina, the Tulkarem team included ENT                children with cleft lip and palate
     surgeon Dr. Austin Rose, Dr. Ra-id Jalad, Dr. Saif Yacoub, and nurse Cindy         deformities. The team included
     van Aalst. All of these doctors have worked as volunteers with the PCRF in         surgeons Dr. John Wallace and Dr.
     the past and over a half-dozen surgery missions have been sent to Thabet           Mohammad Erakat, and included
     Thabet hospital in Tulkarem, treating hundreds of children. In Jericho,            anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer,
     surgeon Dr. Libby Wilson from Los Angeles and anesthesia assistant Tim             who has been on several past PCRF
     Hatcher volunteered their time to treat dozens of patients with facial             missions. They worked at Rafidiah
     deformities. This is both of their first trip to Palestine via the PCRF.           Hospital.

                                              Dr. Mark Ray
                                              On July 22, a 3-member team from the USA completed a 10-day mission
                                              to Ramallah Hospital, treating children with congenital facial deformities,
                                              mainly those suffering from cleft lip and palate malformations. The team
                                              was led by Tennessee surgeon Dr. Mark Ray, who has led several surgery
                                              missions to Palestine through the PCRF over the past few years, and
                                              included OR nurse Savanna Ray and anesthesiologist Dr. Richard Bosco,
                                              who also worked as a volunteer in the past with the PCRF.
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                                       Orthopedic and Spine Surgery
                                       The PCRF has been working to build a spine surgery program for children in
                                       the West Bank for the past nine years, as well as continuing to bring teams
                                       in from overseas to provide expert orthopedic care for children in need. In
                                       2009, we sponsored several missions to Palestine. They were:

                                                                                  Dr. Tom Bailey
                                                                                  On March 5, Dr. Tom Bailey, a
                                                                                  Clinical Professor of Orthopedic
                                                                                  Surgery from the University of
                                                                                  Georgia in Augusta completed a
                                                                                  week of spine surgery and teaching
                                                                                  for local doctors at the Specialized
                                                                                  Hospital in Nablus. This is Dr.
                                                                                  Bailey’s third mission to Palestine
                                                                                  through the PCRF, and is part of
                                                                                  an ongoing effort by the PCRF to
                                       build a local spine surgery program in Palestine for children with scoliosis.
                                       Dr. Bailey is training Dr. Ala’a Azmi El Shiekh, who is the only spine surgeon
                                       for children in Palestine and was trained several years ago at the Shriners
                                       Hospital in Los Angeles.
Dr. John van Aalst and Dr. Libby
Wilson (2nd mission of 2009)           Chilean Plastic & Orthopedic MIssion Treat Children in Jenin
On November 13, a nine-member          On July 6, a 3-member team from the South American nation of Chile
team of doctors and nurses from        completed a 10-day long mission in the West Bank town of Jenin, treating
the USA arrived in the West Bank for   children with burns and other plastic surgery needs, as well as children
a week of plastic and reconstructive   with orthopedic disorders. The team
surgery on patients at the Thabet      included pediatric surgeon Dr. Jorge Larrea
Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, as well   Jorquera, Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Veronica
as the New Jericho Hospital. Led       Vilches Galves, and anesthesiologist Dr.
by Prof. John van Aalst from the       Patricia Bondi.
University of North Carolina, the
team included surgeons Dr. Libby       The PCRF has sponsored and organized
Wilson, Anesthetist Dr. Ron Herrin,    several recent missions by volunteers
ENT specialist Dr. Josh Demke and      surgeons from Chile, including teams in
Dr. Laura Swibel, and nurses Bobby     pediatric urology and pediatric surgery.
Silvers, Tim Hatcher, Cindy van        otherwise would not get locally.
Aalst and speech therapist Susan
Duncan. This was their 2nd mission
to Palestine in 2009.
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     Dr. Jiab Suleiman                     Dr. Tim Keenan
     On September 12, Dr. Jiab             On October 17, Dr. Tim Keenan, an Australian orthopedic
     Suleiman from Dearborn, MI went       surgeon, arrived in the West Bank town of Nablus for
     to Ramallah Hospital to operate       a week of arthroscopic surgery and training for local
     on childen with orthopedic            doctors at the Rafidiah Hospital. His team included
     deformities. This is Dr. Suleiman’s   anesthesiologist Dr. Orysia Sandry and OR nurse
     first mission to Palestine through    Margie Brewster. Dr. Keenan has led several past
     the PCRF. We will sponsor another     missions to Palestine through the PCRF and is active on
     mission in 2010 with him to the       humanitarian work all over the world.
     West Bank.




                                                              Chilean Orthopedic Mission Completes Week in
                                                              Jericho
                                                              On November 12, a 3-member team of doctors from
                                                              Chile completed a week of surgery at the New Jericho
                                                              Hospital in the West Bank. The team was from the
                                                              Hospital Clínico San Borja Arriarán at the Instituto
                                                              Nacional de Rehabilitación Pedro Aguirre Cerda and
                                                              was led by surgeon Dr. Yerko Cuevas. The two other
                                                              team members were Dr. Victor San Martín and Dr.
                                                              Johnny Yañez. The operated on several children from
                                                              all over the West Bank with orthopedic deformities.
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                                      Urological Surgery
                                      The lack of advanced pediatric urological care in Palestine has resulted in
                                      hundreds of children with disorders requiring care by visiting missions, or
                                      treatment abroad. The PCRF continues to be the main NGO sending these
                                      missions to treat children in Palestine. Several urological missions went to
                                      Palestine in 2009, and we helped to host a urological conference in Ramal-
                                      lah with the Palestinain Urological Society and International Volunteers in
                                      Urology (IVU).

                                      Three PCRF urology missions work in April,
                                      join international conference on Urology
                                      On April 4th, a large delegation of doctors
                                      and nurses from the USA and Chile
                                      completed a mission to the West Bank
                                      in which they provided free urological surgery at Hebron, Ramallah
                                      and the Rafidiah government hospitals in Nablus. The PCRF teams
                                      were in coordination with International Volunteers in Urology (IVU),
                                      an American charity who we have cooperated in the past. The teams
                                      included surgeons Dr. Scott Eggener from Chicago, Dr. José Ricardo Yañez
                                      Pizarro from Concepción, Chile, Dr. John Gazak from North Carolina, Dr.
                                      Kevin Healy from Iowa, Akira Toyama CRNA from Loma Linda, CA, and
                                      nurses Amal Jubran from San Diego and Theresa Bubb from Portland.
Little Wings Foundation: Two
Missions                              In addition to treating dozens of needy patients at all three institutions
On November 21, a 3-member team       and training local physicians, the doctors also held a conference at
from the Little Wings Foundation      the Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah in cooperation with the Palestinian
in Dubai arrived in the West Bank     Urological Society, which was attended by doctors from all over the West
to start a week of orthopedic         Bank. Lectures were provided in many different aspects of urological
surgery at Ramallah Hospital. Led     disease and treatments, and it was the first time that international teams
by Dr. Marc Sinclair and Dr. Chris    provided such scientific lectures in Palestine.
Whatley, from Medcare Hospital
in Dubai, and nurse Gillain Beale,
the team. The PCRF is also sends
children to Dubai for treatment via
Little Wings. This was their second
mission with the PCRF to Palestine
in 2009. In April, Dr. Sinclair led
a Little Wings mission to Jericho
Hospital and provided dozens of
children free care.
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     Dr, John Bingham
     In late October, Dr. John Bingham,
     a pediatric urologist was joined
     by anesthesiologist Dr. Imre Redai
     and OR nurse Amal Jubran to do
     a urological surgery mission at
     Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus. This
     was Dr. Bingham and Dr. Redai’s
     first missions to Palestine, while
     Amal Jubran has joined several past
                                           Dr. Joseph A. Pettus
     teams. Nearly two dozen children
                                           On November 8, Dr. Joseph A. Pettus, an Assistant Professor in the
     were treated on this mission.
                                           Department of Urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
                                           in Winston-Salem, NC arrived in the West Bank town of Hebron to
                                           begin a week of urological surgery on poor patients at Alia government
                                           hospital. This was his first trip to Palestine with the PCRF and he brought
                                           medical supplies and equipment to use and donate to the hospital, as well
                                           as helping to train the local staff in new methods in urology.
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Neurosurgery
For the past several years, the PCRF has been helping to provide expert nerve and neurological surgery for sick and
injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where there is a lack of specialists and adequate care. Working
mainly with teams from France and the USA, we have been able to provide many complicated cases a high level of
quality care, as well as training and experience for local medical personnel. 2009’s mission were:

                                     French Missions to Gaza in                American Pediatric Neurosurgery
                                     January, March and July treat             Mission
                                     war victims                               On December 12, a 6-member team of
                                     In January, March and again               doctors and nurses from the USA finished
                                     in July, French surgery teams             treating children with neurosurgery needs
                                     led by Prof. Christophe Oberlin           at both Ramallah Hospital and Makassed
                                     went to the besieged Gaza                 Hospital in East Jerusalem. Led by Prof.
                                     Strip to continue training local          Alex Zouros from Loma Linda University
                                     personnel in neurosurgery, as             in California, who has led several teams
well as treating injured civilians suffering from war-related injuries.        to Palestine with the PCRF in the past,
On January 12th, Prof. Oberlin led two other doctors -- surgeon Dr.            the team included Chicago surgeon
Jacques Beres and anesthesiologist Dr. Christophe Denantes -- into             Dr. Ahmed Khaldi, surgeon Dr. Samer
Gaza through Egypt and helped care for many seriously injured                  Elbabaa from the University of Arkansas,
civilians. This team has worked in Gaza through the PCRF and                   returning anesthesiologist Dr. Deanna
French consulate for years and have been training local Palestinian            Dalia from Cincinnati, Loma Linda surgical
surgeons in micro peripheral nerve surgery since 2003.                         resident Dr. Justin Spooler and returning
                                                                               anesthesia assistant from Cincinnati, Ms.
In early July, Prof. Oberlin led a 5-member team into Gaza via the             Christine Schuckmann. The PCRF has been
Erez crossing in coordination with the French consulate in East                working with Prof. Zouros and his team to
Jerusalem, and the European Union. The team worked already                     help improve the quality of care there for
during the IDF assault on Gaza, and in March, as well as several               children with significant head and spinal
times in the past few years. They provide not only surgery on                  disorders.
needy patients, but also teaching and certification for local doctors
in peripheral nerve surgery. The July team included Dr. Oliver
Mares, Dr. Lucia Heras-Garcia, Dr. Jesus Dia-Guijarro Hayes and
anesthesiologist Dr. Christophe Denantes, who has led several
teams to both Gaza and Jenin in the
past. Five other surgeons were to
participate on this mission to Gaza,
but were denied entry into the Strip
by the Israeli government.
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     Ophthalmolic Surgery
     For 10 years, the PCRF has saved the eyesight of thousands of poor and needy Palestinains all over the Middle
     East, including the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon’s camps and Syria. Expert teams from all over the world have been
     volunteering in providing free cataract surgery, as well as equipment and supply. They also are training local per-
     sonnel. The missions to Palestine in 2009 were:

     Eye surgery team treats several        Dr. Francis Nathan trip to Nablus       El Salvador Team Returns to Treat
     dozen patients in Nablus               On March 26, Australian eye             Patients in Nablus
     In Mid-May, a 3-person team of         surgeon Dr. Francis Nathan              November 21, a 3-member team
     ophthalmic surgeons and nurses         completed a cataract mission at         of surgeons from El Salvador
     arrived in Rafidiah Hospital for a     Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus that        returned to the West Bank town of
     week of cataract surgery on poor       restored vision to several dozen        Nablus to provide free surgery on
     people in the northern West Bank.      poor and needy people from the          patients suffering from cataracts
     Led by Dr. Roberto Jules from El       northern West Bank. Dr. Nathan          and ENT disorders that are not
     Salvador and Baillie Brown from        has lead over a dozen ophthalmic        easily treatable in Palestine. The
     California, the team provided          missions to Palestine and Lebanon       team was led by eye surgeon Dr.
     dozens of poor people sight-saving     through the PCRF for nearly 10          Roberto Jules, who has worked with
     cataract surgery. Both have worked     years, having treated thousands of      the PCRF in the past, and fellow
     with the PCRF in the past several      Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank     eye surgeon Dr. Karla Salazar de
     years and have provided hundreds       and Lebanon’s camps. In addition        Villeda provided free expert care
     of poor people sight-saving            to providing millions of dollars        on dozens of needy patients and
     treatment.                             worth of donated medical services       improving their sight, while Dr. Rey
                                            for poor people in the Middle East,     Villeda operated on many patients
                                            Dr. Nathan also has been training       suffering from disorders with the
                                            local eye surgeons and providing        eyes, ears and noses. This team
                                            important education in an effort to     worked in the past with the PCRF
                                            improve the quality of eye care in      and are warmly welcomed by the
                                            Palestine and Lebanon. He also led      local staff and patients for their
                                            a mission in November to Lebanon.       hard work and dedication.
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Pediatric and General Surgery
The PCRF continues to work with the Ministry of Health to help improve the quality of pediatric and general
surgery in the West Bank by sponsoring missions by international teams of specialists. The missions to Palestine in
2009 were:




Dr. Saad Saad                    Dr. Jamest Starling Leads Two Mission to Palestine
On May 2, a two-member           In June and again in November, Dr. James Starling, a general surgeon from
team from New Jersey                                                  the University of Wisconsin, provided
completed a week of                                                   expert treatment on complex cases, as
pediatric surgery on                                                  well as training for local surgeons at
children with congenital                                              Alia Government Hospital in Hebron,
malformations at Ramallah                                             as well as the Beit Jala Government
Hospital in the West Bank.                                            Hospital near Bethlehem. He also led
The team was comprised of                                             a mission to Hebron, helping to treat
surgeon Dr. Saad Saad and                                             dozens of poor and needy patients in
anesthesiologist Dr. Khaled                                           the Southern West Bank.
Morsi, and they operated on
25 children with significant     US Surgeons Treat Patients in Jenin
defects who otherwise would      On July 18, a two-member team from the USA completed a week of general
not get the care that they       surgery on poor patients at the Jenin Government Hospital in the northern
needed locally. Both Dr. Saad    West Bank. Surgeons Dr. Wael Otaibi,
and Dr. Morsi worked with        a fellow in Transplant Surgery from the
the PCRF in 2008 in Palestine    Washington University Medical Center
Dr. Saad’s wife Dale Saad,       in St. Louis, and Dr. Clarisa Hammer from
who is a nurse, provided         Los Angeles provided extensive surgery
training for over 80 staff       on patients from the northern West
members in the West Bank in      Bank who otherwise would not get the
both CPR and BAL.                adequate care that they needed locally.
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     Maxillofacial and Pediatric Dental Surgery
     For the past several years, the PCRF has been working with international volunteers in providing expert maxillofai-
     cal and pediatric dental surgery for poor children. There is a dire need to improve the quality of care in Palestine
     in these specialties. The missions to Palestine in 2009 were:

     Two missions to Northern West Bank Treat Dozens of Children
     On June 12th, a 3-member
     team of doctors from the USA
     arrived in the West Bank town of
     Tulkarem and another 4-member
     international team went to Nablus
     to provide free treatment on
     dental and maxillofacial patients
     who otherwise would not get the
     care that they needed locally. The
     Tulkarem mission provided dental
     surgery on pediatric patients with
     special needs and included surgeons Dr. Bilal Siab from North Carolina and Dr. Sahar Alrayyas from Chicago, and
     anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer from Iowa. The Nablus mission was a continuation of the maxillofacial program
     at Rafidiah Hospital and was led by Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh from Chicago and included Ecuadorean sureons
     Prof. Fernando Sandoval Vernmmennand his son Dr. Fernando Jose Sandoval Portilla, as well as Dr. Hussein Abu
     Khudair, head of anesthesia at King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan. All seven doctors have all been on past
     humanitarian missions to Palestine via the PCRF. The mission to the Dr. Thabet Thabet government hospital in
     Tulkarem is part of on ongoing program in pediatric dental surgery there to help build up the local capacity and
     infrastructure. Past donations of equipment in dental surgery for the hospital have helped to make it a center
     now for this kind of care. The mission to Rafidiah Hospital is also an ongoing program to build a long-term
     surgical program there and tens of thousands of dollars of medical equipment was donated and purchased
     through generous donations from the Palestine Humanitarian Aid Project, Scanlan International and Biohorizon.

                                            Pediatric dental surgery team treats children in Bethlehem
                                            On May 21, a 4-member team of doctors and nurses from Sacramento
                                            arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to start treating children with
                                            special dental needs at a clinic in the Dheisheh refugee camp. Led by Dr.
                                            Jeffrey Saladin, the team included Aleksandr Pavlov, Sharon Peraza and
                                            Maren Shawesh. They provided a week of high-quality dental surgery for
                                            children with serious physical and other issues who otherwise cannot get
                                            adequate dental care locally. Clinics and training have been organized
                                            over the past few years in coordination with the ministry of health and the
                                            Palestinian Dental Association.
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                                        Missions to Lebanon
                                        Vascular surgeon returns to Lebanon for 7th mission
                                        On January 25, vascular surgeon Dr. Munir Al-Zufari returned to Lebanon
                                        for a week of critical screening and surgery on poor, refugees in the Borj
                                        Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut. Dr. Munir has led seven vascular surgery
                                        missions to Lebanon through the PCRF, providing specialized treatment
                                        and screenings for hundreds of needy patients. During this most recent
                                        mission, Dr. Munir worked for five days in Haifa Hospital, screening 92
International Maxillofacial Team        cases, while performing surgery on 42 needy patients using the latest non-
Returns to Nablus to Treat Needy        invasive procedure called schlerotherapy. Dr. Munir last led a mission to
Patients                                Lebanon though the PCRF in August of 2008.
On November 14, a 7-member
team of doctors from North and
South America arrived in the West
Bank town of Nablus to start a
week of maxillofacial surgery on
needy patients from the northern
West Bank. The team was led by
Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh from
Chicago, and nearly all of the team
members had volunteered in
Palestine in the past with the PCRF.
The team members included Prof.
Rafael Ruiz Rodriguez and Dr. Juan
Carlos Lopez Noriega from the
University of Mexico, Dr. Fernando
Sandoval Vernimmen from the
University of San Francisco, Quito,
Ecuador, and two anesthesiologists
from Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los
Angeles, Dr. Omar Durra and Dr.
Alen Ternian. Tufts University oral
surgery resident, Dr. Ruba Khader,
also joined the team for the first
time. Over 100 patients were
screened on the first day, and nearly
two dozen patients treated during
the week of hard work and expert
surgery.
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                                          Hand Surgeon Treats Palestinian Refugee
                                          Children
                                          On June 5th, Dr. Jose Monsivais from El Paso,
                                          Texas arrived for a week of hand surgery on
                                          Palestinian refugees at Haifa Hospital in the
                                          Bourj Al Barajna refugee camp in Beirut. Dr.
                                          Monsivais is considered one of the top hand
                                          surgeons in the world and volunteered his
                                          time and efforts to help the Palestinian refugee
                                          population in the diaspora get the kind of
                                          specialized health care that they do not have easy access to in Lebanon due to
                                          their refugee status. This is his first mission through the PCRF and he provided
                                          specialized care for over a dozen needy patients.

     Dr. Hisham Ammous Leads Two Plastic Surgery
     Missions to Refugee Camps
     In February and again in July, Dr. Hisham
     Ammous, the head of plastic surgery at Makassed
     Hospital in East Jerusalem, led two missions to
     Lebanon to provide plastic surgery on injured
     children in the Palestinian refugee camps. In
     February and and the first week of July, Dr. Ammous
     operated at the Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al
     Barajnah refugee camp in Beirut. For the 2nd week
     of July, Dr. Ammous was joined by Dr. Bithainah Al-
     Shunnar, a plastic surgeon of Palestinian origin from
     Dubai. They worked together at the Safad Hospital
     in the Badwai refugee camp in Tripoli. Dr. Ammous
     has led several missions to Lebanon for the PCRF in
     the past, and this was Dr. Al-Shunnar’s first mission
     for the PCRF. Over 50 burned and injured children
     were treated on these two missions.
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American Pediatric Dental Surgeon Completes Mission to Palestinian
Camps in Lebanon
On October 10, Dr. Daniel Ravel from North Carolina arrived in Lebanon
for a week of treating special needs children from the Palestinian refugee
camps. Dr. Ravel has led several past missions to Palestine and Lebanon for
the PCRF and is active is improving the quality of health care in pediatric
dentistry for Palestinian children. Dr. Ravel screen and treated children in
the Bourj Al-Shamali refugee camp, the Naher Al Bared camp, which was
destroyed by the Lebanese army in 2007, and Al Badawi camp in Tripoli
in the north, as well as in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. Most of the
children were operated on in Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajna refugee
camp in Beirut. These special needs children are not treated through                    Dr. Francis Nathan returns to
traditional dentistry and the PCRF is dedicated to helping to provide them              provide eye surgery for refugees
the care that they need,                                                                On November 2nd, Dr. Francis
as well as to continue to                                                               and Merlin Nathan from Australia
train and teach the local                                                               arrived in Lebanon to start a
dental professionals in                                                                 10-day period of surgery at the
helping to care for these                                                               Human Call Hospital in the Ein el
kids, who require an OR                                                                 Hilweh Refugee camp. Dr. Nathan
setting and anesthesia.                                                                 has led several past missions for
                                                                                        the PCRF to Gaza, Nablus and
                                                                                        Lebanon, treating over 1,000 poor
Refugee Women in Lebanon get                                                            Palestinians with cataracts and
breast cancer screening                                                                 improving their sight. The nearly
From October 21 to November 2nd,                                                        100,000 refugees in the Ein el
general surgeon Dr. Cathy Brenner                                                       Hilweh camp near Sidon, Lebanon
from Alaska provided breast cancer                                                      have little access to quality health
screening on nearly 100 Palestinian                                                     care, and remain under siege by the
refugee women in the camps in                                                           Lebanese army, who surround the
Lebanon. She was joined by her                                                          camp with military checkpoints and
husband, Dr. David Brenner, at the                                                      limit those leaving and entering the
Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajna                                                  camp. The local surgeon, Dr. Hasan
refugee camp in Beirut. This is a new awareness campaign launched by                    Manana also worked hard to ensure
the PCRF and the Brenners to educate the female population in the camps                 that the dozens of patients in need
in Lebanon on the importance of early detection of breast cancer, as well               got the care required to have a
as the means for doing self-examinations. Nine women were in need of                    better life.
some intervention as a result of these exams, and many more now are
aware of the importance and ability to do self-examinations. This will be
an ongoing campaign to help Palestinian women address the problem of
early detection of breast cancer in the future.
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                          Humanitarian Relief Projects for 2009
     While the PCRF is the main NGO providing expert surgery by volunteer teams for sick and injured Arab children,
     we’re also dedicated to assisting needy children in need of humanitarian care. The crisis facing Palestinian and Arab
     children in the region far exceeds just those children in need of specialized surgery, which is why we continue to
     provide powder milk for malnourished children, sponsor summer camps for disabled and impoverished youths,
     support nurseries and eyeglasses for poor children in Lebanon’s refugee camps, donate school bags and diapers,
     distribute hundreds of wheelchairs for poor children, and support a women empowerment project in Lebanon.
     These projects are designed to help alleviate the suffering of children living under military occupation and enduring
     the effects of poverty, military siege and war.
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Over One Hundred Children Provided Plastic Surgery by Two Local Surgeons in Gaza, the West Bank
Throughout 2009, the PCRF has sponsored plastic and reconstructive surgery on over one-hundred children by
Dr. Hisham Ammous in the West Bank and Dr. Nafez Abu Shaban in the Gaza Strip. Dr. Ammous is the head of
the burn unit at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem and we have been sponsoring surgery for children from all
over the West Bank who need specialized surgery both at Makassed and in local hospital from Jenin to Hebron.
Over 100 children had plastic surgery through our sponsorship with Dr. Ammous. In the besieged Gaza Strip, the
PCRF has been working with The Smile Train to support cleft lip and palate surgery for children through Dr. Nafez
Abu Shaban, who is the head of the burn unit at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Nearly 60 children with facial
deformities had surgery through the financial and administrative support of the PCRF and The Smile Train in 2009.
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     Handicapped Children get free wheelchairs in Palestine
     On May 29th, a four-man American team went to Ramallah to
     distribute two 40-containers of wheelchairs shipped to Palestine
     earlier in the year. One container was sent to Ramallah and
     over one-hundred disabled and handicapped children from
     all over the West Bank arrived for specialized pediatric chairs,
     which were specially fit based on the specific needs of each
     child by volunteers Greg Skolaski, Tom Glumac, Michael Allen
     and Neil Frame. The PCRF partnered with Wheels for Humanity
     on both containers. ANERA helped to clear Israeli customs. The
     team was denied permission to enter Gaza to continue the
     distribution for injured and disabled youths, so the PCRF staff in
     Gaza distributed the chairs directly to handicapped children.


     Child Handicapped Sponsorship Project
     For the past 10 years, the PCRF has been identifying poor, disabled children
     through the Gaza Strip, Lebanon›s refugee camps and the West Bank whose
     families are too poor to provide them the medicine or supplies that they need to
     adequately address their illness or disability. Once these children are properly
     screened, we seek to place them with sponsors outside of Palestine who pay a
     certain amount each month, 100% of which goes towards the children›s needs.
     Nearly 200 disabled children are in the sponsorship program and the donor›s
     abroad are provided letters and photos from the children or their families on a
                              quarterly basis. If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact pcrf1@pcrf.net
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Free Hygiene Kits for Hundreds of Children
In 2009, the PCRF joined with the Latter Day Saints
Charities in East Jerusalem to provide hundreds of
Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza Strip and
the poorer areas of the West Bank free hygiene kits.
The ones for Gaza were provided at a particularly
crucial time due to the Israelis assaults there and        Day Care Support for Refugee Children in Lebanon
the thousands of displaced people within the Strip,        For the past few years, the PCRF has helped to support
living in cramped areas with little facilities. The PCRF   refugee children in four camps in Lebanon through
has worked with LDSC in the past on wheelchair             the Beit Atfal Asomoud NGO. Over 200 poor children
shipments, as well as other kids of humanitarian aid for   are provided food and supplies, which their families
poor and needy children.                                   cannot afford for them. This program is to help
                                                           alleviate the financial hardships that many families in
                                                           the camps in Lebanon face in helping provide their
                                                           children the support they need to start them on early
                                                           educational activities. The location of these camps are:

                                                           Naher El-Bared RC                        Tripoli
                                                           Shatila RC                               Beirut
                                                           Ein El-Helwi RC                          Saida
                                                           Borj Al-Shamali RC                       Tyre
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     Food for Gaza children during
     Ramadan
     In the Holy month of Ramadan, the
     PCRF provided tens of thousands
     of dollars worth of donated food
     for poor and needy children in
     the besieged Gaza Strip. Due to
     the serious signs of increasing
     chronic and acute malnutrition,
     tens of thousands of Gaza children
     go hungry on a daily basis. It
     is estimated that 80% of the
     population live under the poverty
     line. While it is impossible with
     the PCRF’s limited resources to
     feed every child in need, we are
     doing our best to help as many
     as possible by providing children
     basic foodstuffs, and appreciate
     the support of so many donors and
     volunteers who have been helping
     in this humanitarian cause.

                                          January-February Food Distributions in the
                                          Gaza Strip
                                          During and following the January assault on
                                          the people of Gaza, which left thousands of
                                          innocent civilians injured and wounded, the PCRF
                                          provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of
                                          basic food-stuffs, powder milk for malnourished
                                          children and diapers for poor mothers with needy
                                          children. Thousands of Gazans were assisted
                                          with this aid, of which 100% went directly to the
                                          recipients through the PCRF. While the problem
                                          of hunger and malnutrition in the Gaza Strip
                                          remains a significant humanitarian crisis for relief
                                          organizations and even foreign governments to
                                          address, without lifting the Israeli and Egyptian
                                          siege, there is little that can be done to solve
                                          this problem, only to help lessen the hunger and
                                          hardships that the people there experience.
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School Bags for Children     January Relief for           Eyeglasses for Poor                            Orthopedic Shoes and
in the West Bank and         Internally Displaced         Palestinian Children                           Inhalation Sets for Gaza
Gaza Strip                   Persons in Central Gaza      Thousands of Palestinian                       Children
At the beginning of the      The PCRF provided aid        children in the West Bank,                     Dozens of children in the
school year, the PCRF        for hundreds of internal     Lebanon’s camps and                            southern and central Gaza
provided hundreds of         refugees during the IDF      the Gaza Strip have been                       regions were provided
children in the West Bank    January assault on the       provided free eyeglasses                       free inhalation sets and
and Gaza Strip book bags.    Al Jouher Al Deek and        through the PCRF over                          orthopedic shoes through
This is an annual project    Al Moghraka areas of         the past few years. In                         the PCRF in an attempt to
to help poor families deal   the Burij and Al Nuseirat    2009, hundreds more                            assist them and their poor
with the financial burdens   refugee camps in central     children were provided                         families to manage their
of sending their children    Gaza. These families         ophthalmic exams and                           medical conditions.
to school with the proper    were harbored at U.N.        free glasses, enabling
materials. The increase      school in Nuseirat camp      them to improve their
in poverty and economic      for safety and were          eyesight for school and
suffering among the          provided food, blankets,     to assist them in their
general population has       pillows, mattresses,         education. The PCRF
resulted in a higher         diapers, diabetic medicine   will continue with this
degree of neglect among      and other humanitarian       humanitarian program in
children, and we are         aid to assist them during    2010.
working hard to meet this    this very difficult time.
situation.
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     Facilitation of Urgent Humanitarian Relief in Gaza with MBRAM from Dubai
     On January 16, a truck carrying 28,800 cans of powder milk arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip for free distribution
     among poor and malnourished children. This donation was provided by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al
     Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRAM) in Dubai, who have been partnering with the PCRF
     for the past year to arrange free care in the UAE for injured children, as well as to help provide humanitarian aid for
     the people of Gaza. On January 27th, thousands of hygiene kits were received and distributed in all Gaza strip.


        Injured and Sick Children Treated in Lebanon
        In 2009, the PCRF continued to sponsor surgery for injured and sick Palestinian refugees in Lebanese hospitals.
        Dozens of children with a variety of medical conditions, ranging for heart disease to orthopedic disorders, had
        tens of thousands of dollars worth of surgery sponsored by the PCRF. Many of these children were too sick to
        travel abroad for treatment, or could not get care for other reasons, and required the financial sponsorship and
        aid from the PCRF for their medical care.
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Central Gaza Relief Project Sponsored by AusAID/             Women Empowerment Project
Australian Government                                        In 2001, the PCRF launched a new project to provide
In response to the January assault on the Gaza Strip,        start-up econonic grants to poor, widowed mothers
as well as to the economic crises resulting from the         of large families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Due
closure and siege, the PCRF received a grant from            to the ongoing military occupation, war, and siege
AusAID of the Australian Government to provided              imposed on families throughout the West Bank and
urgent humanitarian aid for the population of Central        Gaza Strip, the stardard of living and income for large,
Gaza. This included ophthalmic exams and eyeglasses          poor familes in Palestine has continue to decrease,
for over 100 school children, free diapers and other         with no one hit harder than single-mother families
humanitarian aid for the families of poor children           with small children. In response to this crisis, the PCRF
suffering from cerbral palsy, inhalation sets for children   began providing one-time grants to women, enabling
suffering from asthma, and general medical supplies          them to begin small businesses or economic efforts
for over three dozen disabled persons, including             that would provide them with continued income
walkers, crutches, and special mattresses for paralyzed      and help them to feed and better take care of their
persons. In addition, this project provided over 300         children. The majority of this project is now in the
                     babies between the age of 1 day         Ein el Hilweh and Bourj al Barajnah refugee camps
                     to three years special nutritional      in Beirut. This helps to keep these women culturally
                     milk to address their dietary           attached to Palestine while they live in the diaspora,
                     deficiencies. This is the second        and also to help them to earn a living while practicing
                     project the PCRF has cooperated         a skill. Please visit our web site if you are interested in
                     with the Australian government          buying these items and supporting these women.
                     in sponsoring in Central Gaza over
                     the past two years.
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     Summer Camps in Gaza, West Bank, and Lebanon




     On an annual basis, the PCRF sponsor’s summer camps in the Middle
     East for Palestinian children who are living under occupation, the
     diaspora and in dire poverty. Our priority in sponsoring these camps
     is to bring disabled and handicapped children in relations with
     mainstream children in an effort to help provide activities and relief
     for kids who otherwise are idle in the summer. It also helps to build
     bridges between children from different backgrounds. These camps
     are held in all areas of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in the
     refugee camps in Lebanon, and have included a
     certain number of disabled children in each
     camp to help break down stereotypes that exist
     in Palestinian society against disabled people,
     starting with children as a means to ensure the next
     generation are more understanding and accepting
     of those among them who suffer from some kind
     of physical disability. While the older generations
     in Palestine attach a certain shame towards family,
     neighbors or others in society who are disabled, we
     hope that by including children from all over the society
     into summer camps, the next generation will champion
     the rights of disabled members of their society and work               to
     make Palestinian society in the territories as well as the diaspora more
     tolerant and accepting of all members.
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West Bank Summer Camps
Hebron:
July 4 – 14             First Candle for Gaza
July 4 – 14             Second Candle for Gaza
Bethlehem:
July 4 – 15             Palestine Camp
July 5 – 18             Alnajah Camp
Tulkarem:
July 10 – 30            Nour Camp
July 10 – 30            Tuor Aljana
Qalqilia:
July 11 – 23            Bara’a'em camp
July 11 – 23            Mara and Ebda’
July 11 – 23            Al-quds camp
Ramallah:
July 12 – 29            Bukra Ahla
July 10 – 25            Marah Camp
Jenin:
July 15 – 30            Freedom camp
July 15 – 31            Future camp
                                                        Feature Camp: Besmat Amal,
Gaza Strip Summer Camps                                 Al-Amari Camp, Ramallah
Northern Gaza District
July 11 – 27            Summer camp 2009 - Jabalia RC   From July 1-15, 2009, the PCRF ran a summer camp in the
July 11 – 27            Summer camp 2009 – Beit Lahia   Al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, which was sponsored by
July 11 – 27            Summer camp 2009 - Gaza City    Tania Sfair of the “A Child, A Promise” organization. Over 70
Central Gaza District                                   children enjoyed many social, educational and cultural activities,
July 4 – 16             Al Basma
                                                        including music by French guitarist Frank.
July 4 – 18             Al Samood
July 11 – 30            Summer Smiles
Sourthern Gaza District
July 4 – 18             Al Amal – Rafah
July 18- August 2       Ajyal El Ghad – Rafah


Lebanon Summer Camps
July 1 – 15             Tomorrow Will Be Sweetest
July 17 – 31            Badawi Camp
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                                                 Budget for 2010
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Sponsoring Volunteer Surgery Teams to Palestine and Lebanon:
                                                                                                          TOTAL BUDGET
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Missions                  20 missions      $95,000
Orthopedic & Spine Surgery                          8 missions       $25,000                                  2010
Plastic Surgery                                     10 missions      $40,000
Ophthalmic Surgery
Maxillofacial Surgery
                                                    3 missions
                                                    2 missions
                                                                     $10,000
                                                                     $10,000                               $583,000
Pediatric Dental Surgery                            3 missions       $11,000
Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery                        4 missions       $18,000
Urology                                             6 missions       $25,000
Pediatric & General Surgery                         4 missions       $15,000
Neurosurgery                                        4 missions       $20,000
TOTAL Surgery Missions                                               $269,000
Sending Injured and Sick Children Abroad for Free Medical Care:

To the USA                                                           $25,000
To Europe                                                            $5,000
To The Middle East                                                   $10,000
TOTAL Injured Children Sent Abroad                                   $40,000
Humanitarian Projects:

Powder Milk for Malnourished Children in Gaza                        $10,000
Eyeglasses for poor children                                         $60,000
Wheelchairs                                                          $40,000
Summer Camps                                                         $30,000
Nurseries in Lebanon›s Camps                                         $9,000
Women Empowerment Project in Lebanon                                 $30,000
School bags for Children                                             $10,000
Orthopedic Shoes for Gaza Children                                   $5,000
Urgent Humanitarian Aid for Individual Gaza Children                 $10,000
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for children in Gaza, West Bank     $40,000
TOTAL Humanitarian Projects                                          $274,000
     The Palestine
     Children’s

52   Relief          Annual Report 2009
     Fund
P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n   53
      ‫من الشارقة‬
‫لفلسطين‬



A Special Thanks
On behal of the board of directors, the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of
children who received free surgery and other forms of urgent humanitarian care, we
would like to thank Her Excellency Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qassemi and the
Salam ya Seghar (Peace for Children) organization for their generous support of dozens of
volunteer surgery teams to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2009. Their support enabled
us to help heal the wounds and save the lives of children from all over the Holy Land,
ensuring that these chidlren have a better life free of suffering, and their parents living
free from the pain of watching their children go without the medical care that they need.

				
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