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UPA Connect - Summer 2017

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available by clicking here. This issue includes: Marginalized families receive food packages during Ramadan “Life under tin roofs” – Letter from the Executive Director Broadening children’s musical horizons and more…

UPA Connect - Spring 2017

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available by clicking here. This issue includes: Our university scholarship recipients say, “Thank you!” Electricity and classrooms for a Bedouin Palestinian school in Area C Addressing malnutrition among Gaza’s children and more…

UPA Connect - Winter 2017

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available by clicking here. This issue includes: Official opening of UPA surgical unit in Ramallah Vocational training for youth with special needs in Jordan Agricultural development training for female heads of households in the West Bank and more…

UPA Earns Sixth Consecutive Top Rating from Charity Navigator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPA Earns Sixth Consecutive Top Rating from Charity Navigator WASHINGTON, December 2, 2016 – United Palestinian Appeal has received the coveted four-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive time that UPA has earned [...]

UPA Inaugurates Surgical Unit in Ramallah

For Immediate Release UPA Inaugurates Surgical Unit in Ramallah Minister of Health Dr. Jawad Awwad, Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, UPA Executive Director Saleem Zaru, and Governor of Ramallah Dr. Laila Ghannam (from left to right) at the ribbon cutting. RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – November 8, 2016 – United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) donated a state-of-the-art [...]

UPA Connect - Fall 2016

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available by clicking here. This issue includes: Providing free health care in Gaza Reflections from the field – Jerash Camp, Jordan Meet some of our scholarship recipients and more…

UPA Connect - Summer 2016

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available by clicking here. This issue includes: Food Security Program activities during Ramadan “How do I know my donation to UPA will make a difference?” Small Business Development updates in Gaza and more…

UPA Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPA Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – United Palestinian Appeal’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that United Palestinian Appeal, [...]

UPA Achieves Accreditation From BBB Wise Giving Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPA Achieves Accreditation From BBB Wise Giving Alliance Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work WASHINGTON, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, United Palestinian Appeal achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that United Palestinian Appeal [...]

UPA Connect (Spring 2016)

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is available. Download your copy here. This issue includes: Occupation, relief and dignity Coats, sweaters and shoes for families in Gaza Embracing Life Project, Healing Through Feeling and more…

UPA Signs Agreement with American Psychological Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Palestinian Appeal, American Psychological Association Enter Agreement to Distribute Books to Children in Gaza Strip, West Bank Charitable distribution of Arabic translations of books to benefit children exposed to trauma WASHINGTON, May 12, 2016 — The American Psychological Association (APA) has granted a nonexclusive license to United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) to [...]

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - January-March 2016

The UPA Children’s Fund (Nurturing the mind, body and soul) touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled [...]

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - October-December 2015

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the previous quarter, [...]

UPA Connect (Winter 2016)

Download your copy here. This issue includes: Children’s Fund Update The First Embracing Life Project Middle East Conference Reflections From Gaza “Music For Healing”: Simon Shaheen Benefit Concert

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - July-September 2015

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the previous quarter, [...]

UPA Connect (Fall 2015)

The theme of the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is “A Glimpse of Hope in Gaza.” Download your copy here. This issue includes: A reflection on encountering the Palestinian resolve to rebuild Gaza How UPA’s new Healing Through Feeling program is supporting the mental well-being of children in Gaza Why a 21-year-old [...]

UPA Connect (Summer 2015)

“Generations of Generosity” is the theme of the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect. Download your copy here. This issue includes:   A remembrance of a UPA supporter and dear friend to Executive Director Saleem F. Zaru The story of a man who is devoted to helping the disabled of Gaza Refugee Camp, [...]

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - April-June 2015

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the previous quarter, [...]

UPA Connect (Spring 2015)

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is devoted to the UPA Scholarship Program. Download your copy here.

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - January-March 2015

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the previous quarter, [...]

UPA Connect (Winter 2015)

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is devoted to two new pilot projects in Gaza. Download your copy here.  

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - October-December 2014

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the previous quarter, [...]

UPA Connect (Fall 2014)

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is devoted to our major new project- Embracing Life. Download your copy here.  

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - July - September 2014

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specialized in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the third quarter [...]

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - April to June 2014

The UPA Children’s Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specialized in children’s education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine’s most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned. During the second quarter [...]

West Bank Palestinian surgeons volunteer in Gaza

Three Palestinian surgeons involved with a major new UPA project have volunteered to travel from the West Bank to Gaza to treat patients injured during the latest Israeli assault. Since arriving one week ago, the surgeons have been fulfilling a unique need: they are among the few Palestinians who specialize in treating oral and maxillofacial [...]

Emergency Relief for Gaza 2014

UPA is sending emergency relief to Gaza that includes the following: Emergency medicines and disposables Pharmaceuticals worth $10.3 million Food vouchers and food baskets Hygiene kits Mattresses, pillows and blankets Kitchen utensil kits for families Psychosocial services and counseling All of these goods and services, other than the shipment of pharmaceuticals, are purchased in the [...]

UPA Connect (Summer 2014)

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect, is devoted to Gaza. Download your copy here.  

Gaza Children's Fund partner under attack

One of our long-time Children’s Fund partners in Gaza has been targeted by the Israeli military. The librarian at the Beit Hanoun branch of the International Board on Books – Palestine (PBBY), Abla Hassan, just notified us of the devastation: “The center that hosts the library has been targeted and very badly damaged. The children’s [...]

UPA Connect (Spring 2014)

Read the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect. Download your copy here.  

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - January to March 2014

The UPA Children’s Fund enables children in Palestine’s most vulnerable communities to realize their potential. The Fund supports the education, health and nutrition and recreation projects in the West Bank & Gaza Strip by linking with partners who serve orphaned, disabled and/or impoverished children. Every day your gifts make a difference in the lives of [...]

Read our Feature in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Prolonged and Repeated Crises – UPA Fills Gaps in the Humanitarian Safety Net. This Special Report on United Palestinian Appeal appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine. Want to learn more about UPA’s transformative humanitarian work? Looking for an easy way to share with a friend or colleague [...]

See Our New Quarterly Newsletter, "UPA Connect"

UPA has begun publication of a quarterly newsletter, UPA Connect. Download your copy here.

Children's Fund Quarterly Report - October to December 2013

The UPA Children’s Fund enables children in Palestine’s most vulnerable communities to realize their potential. The Fund supports the education, health and nutrition and recreation projects in the West Bank & Gaza Strip by linking with partners who serve orphaned, disabled and/or impoverished children. Every day your gifts make a difference in the lives of [...]

Emergency Campaign for Gaza

Emergency Campaign for GazaWinter 2013-2014 On December 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day, UPA issued an Emergency Campaign for Gaza. In light of the deteriorating health situation in the Gaza Strip, critical pharmaceutical supplies worth $7.1 million have been shipped to warehouses in Amman.  UPA has made secure arrangements that they be trucked by land [...]

Arabic major finds natural fit in UPA internship

Arabic major finds natural fit in UPA internship

Appeal for Kidney Dialysis Center in Lebanon

“I am glad and we are all blessed and grateful that there are some people who are really taking care of us and want our wellbeing. Without this centre we will be dead as no support for dialysis is available for us for free. By expanding on the centre and making it clean our spirits [...]

Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Oslo Accords

Washington, DC – helpupa.org – September 13, 2013 – As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords today, United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) notes that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip continue to face dire humanitarian conditions. According to recent reports from the World Bank and the United [...]

Appeal for Makassed Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem

    The Palestinian community in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has depended upon the services of United Palestinian Appeal partner, The Makassed Charitable Hospital, since its’ founding in 1968. UPA’s support dates back to 1985, in the form of a major grant ($2.5 million) to build the Makassed Nursing College.  Still [...]

Palestinian Voices: UPA Inaugural Middle East Delegation

Palestinian Voices UPA Inaugural Middle East DelegationSpring 2014 United Palestinian Appeal is pleased to announce its first delegation to the Middle East. This is a unique opportunity to visit Palestinian communities in three countries, accompanied by expert guides. The itinerary will offer direct experience of Palestinian life in Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank, as [...]

2013 UPA Calendar Now Available

  The 2013 UPA Wall Calendaris now available for order. This year marks the 35th anniversary of United Palestinian Appeal. The founders of UPA sought to relieve Palestinian suffering, which began with the Nakba and continues for those living under Israeli occupation and for refugees throughout the Middle East.   Thirty-five years later, we are [...]

Emergency Campaign for Gaza

The November 2012 Israeli assault on Gaza has brought bloodshed and deprivation to a population that has already suffered from years of siege. Despite the ceasefire, many Gazans are still struggling. We are currently working with a partner organizations to provide food, supplies and rebuilding materials to those affected by the attacks, including 550 displaced [...]

Statement on the Israeli Blockade of the Gaza Strip

Washington, DC – www.helpupa.org – October 23, 2012 – United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) expresses grave concern about a report that indicates that the Government of Israel may have restricted imports to the Gaza Strip based on an estimate of the minimum number of calories needed to prevent malnutrition among the population. The report, titled “Food [...]

UPA Welcomes New Board Members

The United Palestinian Appeal, Inc., (UPA) board of trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of three additional members: Maha Freij, Dr. Najat Khelil and Joey Musmar.   Board chair Dr. Mohammad Tarbush said, “The past seven months have been a period of enormous change for UPA under the leadership of our new executive director, [...]

Iqraa: Running for a Brighter Palestine

UPA has partnered with the Iqraa running club since 2008 in the Washington, DC area to raise money for education projects in Palestine. Iqraa, which means “read” in Arabic, has trained runners—including beginners—to successfully complete the Prince William Half-Marathon or the Marine Corps Marathon or 10K. Since 2008, Iqraa has trained 148 runners to complete [...]