In response to the humanitarian crisis facing children in the Middle East, the PCRF has created numerous projects to help meet the medical and humanitarian needs of thousands of sick and injured Palestinian children in need. In 1997, the PCRF began sending volunteer medical missions to the Middle East to provide free surgical care for sick and injured children, as well as expert training for local medical personnel. These medical teams consist of doctors and nurses from all over the world with specialties in the areas of cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, eye surgery, vascular surgery, maxillofacial surgery, urology, and neurosurgery. Many of these specialized services are currently not available through local care-givers and the PCRF is often the only hope for many of these poor children. Throughout the years, thousands of children have been treated by these visiting teams.
In addition to providing urgent medical care for injured and sick children from all over the Middle East, the PCRF also provides other forms of humanitarian aid and services in the region. We currently run summer camps for disabled youths, provide powder milk for malnourished children, and run a child sponsorship program that provides disabled children with medicine. We continue to distribute highly specialized wheelchairs for disabled people in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria – with over 2,500 distributed in the region. We also run a women’s empowerment program in Lebanon’s refugee camps and we are currently working to provide free eyeglasses for every child who needs them for school.
The PCRF continues to work hard to address the humanitarian crisis facing children in the Middle East. With a hard-working staff in all districts of Palestine and Lebanon, we are able to manage and efficiently run our own programs on the ground. Thousands of needy children are helped by the PCRF’s projects each year.