Empower the Women of Gaza
On the occasion of the Seattle Marathon 2012 which will take place on November 25th, VPM will pledge USD 20,000 to fund more micro-financing projects for women. And Ramzy Baroud, a renowned Palestinian- American journalist, author, editor and former Al-Jazeera producer has offered to undertake the most difficult part of the fund raiser; the running!
The empowerment and employment of women has been a priority since our visits to Gaza in October 2010, August 2011 and more recently in June 2012. A total of USD 70,000 has so far been disbursed to our partner, the Family & Society Development Association in Gaza. This has helped to create jobs for women – many of them widowed and breadwinners – in such cottage industries as sewing & embroidery, beauty & hairdressing and bakery.
We have also funded various women’s educational initiatives including student tutorials, public librarianship and computer literacy. More recently USD20,000 worth of soft loans was disbursed in micro-financing initiatives for Gazan women and for households headed by women.
Since its inception on 5 January 2009, VPM has been unrelenting in its fight for justice and self-determination for Palestine. To date, VPM has raised USD1.27 million to fund a wide variety of medical, educational, housing, micro-financing and women’s projects in Gaza.
The invasion of Gaza in December 2008 was another tragedy in the long and terrible saga of a people whose story has been suppressed and distorted. The people of Gaza are destitute in their own homeland, the women and children often suffering even worse privations than the men.
Our heartfelt appreciation to Ramzy for his undertaking and our eternal gratitude to all who have embraced the Palestinian cause. We sincerely hope that all our individual and corporate sponsors, well wishers and sympathisers will continue to support us and donate generously to the VPM-Ramzy Baroud Seattle Marathon 2012 fund raiser.
Our account details are as follows:
Pertubuhan Viva Palestina Malaysia.
Account no 5-64324-601324
Swift Code MBBEMYKL
Malayan Banking Berhad
Block C, Damansara Offices Complex, Jalan Dungun, 50490 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Dato' Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
In the aftermath of Israel's barbaric attack of Gaza in December 2008 , fifty NGOs cutting across racial, religious and political lines formed the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs against the Persecution of Palestinians which was later renamed Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM).
Viva Palestina Malaysia was officially launched by former Malaysian Prime Minister YA Bhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on January 22nd, 2011.
Our vision is to 'to effectuate a just, equitable, prompt and sustainable resolution to the conflict in Palestine'.
For further information please contact : Viva Palestina Malaysia
Link to Ramzy's Website : http://ramzybaroud.net