By Susan Schwartz, TMO
The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is at the forefront of concerned humanitarians throughout the world. While may organizations attempt to address at least some of these needs, the Palestine Childrenâ€™s Relief Fund works with the most helpless victims of the turmoil there – the children.
The Southern California chapter of the Palestine Childrenâ€™s Relief Fund (PCRF) will hold a dinner in Granada Hills, Ca on Sunday, May 15th at the St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church. The event will begin at 4:00pm.
There will be two featured speakers, Dr. Musa Nasir and Dr. Hugh Watts. Dr. Nasir is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the PCRF and was one of the founding members in 1991. Dr. Watts is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon affiliated with the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles. He has travelled frequently to Palestine to provide his medical expertise to patients and to medical personnel who are being trained there.
In addition, there will be videos of two children brought to Los Angeles for treatment by the chapter. The touching story of their journey from seriously impacted health to a normal life has brought past audiences to their feet and has further inspired the chapter members.
The attendees will enjoy Middle Eastern music and arts and crafts.
The event is distinct from the gala held in the Fall by the PCRF chapter. It is largely informational, an effort to reach people in the San Fernando Valley and parts of Ventura County. Of course, donations to this worthy cause will be welcomed.
Tickets are $25 if purchased prior to the event and $35 at the door. For further information, please contact Lulu Emery at (714) 960-1215 or Lily Karam at (562) 432-0005.The PCRF is a 501 (c) (3) non profit and non political organization.
The Palestine Childrenâ€™s Relief Fund was formed in 1991 in response to the urgent medical needs of children in Palestine. Since its founding its scope has expanded to include the entire Middle East. Children are treated free of charge by medical teams sent to the Middle East if local treatment is an option. If not the children are transported at no charge to the United States or a small number of other nations where they can receive state of the art medical treatment. The medical teams that visit the Middle East also provide on site training to local doctors.
In recent months teams have included a pediatric urology team from the Bay area to Gaza; a Chilean surgery team to Nablus, and a pediatric surgery mission to Gaza and the West Bank.
During the October 2010 banquet/fundraiser the PCRF announced that it will now enter the field of pediatric oncology.
PCRF has received international acclaim from such famous figures as Bishop Desmond Tutu and former US President Jimmy Carter.
Other projects include a Womenâ€™s Empowerment Project, summer camps, wheelchair distribution and Emergency Relief.
The foregoing is but a small example of the work of PCRF. Readers should access its web site: www.pcrf.net for a complete story of its work.