Cycling4Gaza 2015 - The Gaza Mental Health Project
The Palestine Children's Relief Fund
Cycling4Gaza 2015 - The Gaza Mental Health Project
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Cycling4Gaza is an initiative founded by a group of determined and passionate young people in the wake of the 2009 war on Gaza. Its mission is to raise awareness about the on-going blockade on the Gaza Strip and to raise critical funds for carefully selected non-profit organisations that work to support Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees through education and healthcare. Cycling4Gaza provides a unique method to connect with Palestine through annual cycling challenges and various community awareness events and activities.

For detailed information on fundraising history and for visual accounts of each of the challenges, please click here.

Unicef estimates 373,000 children in Gaza are in desperate need of psycho-social support. However, given the continuous strain on health resources, mental health issues are often sidelined, leaving thousands of children without appropriate medical attention to heal their traumas and mental scars. If you would like to understand more about mental health trauma please click here.

In an effort to raise awareness and much needed funds, Cycling4Gaza #C4G2015 will support the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund newly launched Pediatric Mental Health Project in Gaza. The goal is to assess children’s needs, provide them the service they require, and train social workers in Gaza on the topic. We are dedicated to raise 286,000 USD to support the launch and running of the project for a year. In an effort to do so, 45 cyclists from all over the globe will be cycling 300km over 3 days from Alkmaar to the Hague, Netherlands on the 23rd of July.

To date, social workers have received extensive training on administering the two screening questionnaires prepared by the medical professionals assigned by the PCRF. Over 1,300 children have been screened by 5 field workers to date and their subsequent care program is currently being developed.

The project details are as follows:

1.  Gaza Mental Health Screening

  • Data analysis using SPSS software
  • Submitting Publications— academic journals and media outlets to increase international awareness for the current situation
  • Short video production to be utilized in presentations

 2.  Providing Clinical Services for Affected Children

  • Provide immediate treatment for the 10% most significantly impacted children which have already been identified (120 children which fulfil criteria for PTSD)
  • Partner with local organizations to provide the required medical services and treatment
  • Increase coordination of care between the PCRF social workers and local mental health providers
  • Develop the capacity within PCRF to provide basic therapeutic support through hiring clinical social workers with mental health experience
  • Develop group interventions for parents of moderately to severely affected children

3.  Developing and Providing Education and Training for Personnel in Gaza

  • Recruit volunteers to assist in training of staff social workers monthly to bi-monthly on topics pertaining to mental health
  • Bring in training teams of clinician; psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists to train local staff and partnering organizations

4.  Further Program Development

  • Develop and initiate group interventions designed to provide a therapeutic outlet for children
  • Develop and initiate group interventions designed to provide psychoeducation and processing outlet for parents
  • Build therapeutic playgrounds in collaboration with Playgrounds for Palestine to create safe and happy environments for the children to recover and reintegrate into society

The Gaza Mental Health Project is committed to identifying and treating children in Gaza in need of mental health care. Furthermore, the project aims to highlight the importance of addressing mental health care as a vital aspect of maintaining a normal and happy life, specifically in traumatic environments. This project will help transform the provision of mental health care in Gaza, in turn providing children with hope for a bright future.


ABOUT Cycling4Gaza 2015: Fundraising for Gaza PCRF Mental Health Initiative

The PCRF is a non-profit organization that predominantly provides medical relief for children under Israeli military occupation. It is the main organization in the region that sends injured children abroad for free medical care and brings in expert volunteer surgery teams to provide medical care and training for local medical personnel.  Over 1,000 children have been sent to the US for free medical care and over 10,000 children have received local medical care from visiting surgery teams.

The 2014 war on Gaza left thousands of children injured not only physically but also psychologically. Today, approximately 373,000 children in Gaza suffer from emotional and psychological trauma and are in dire need of mental care support and reintegration into society.

The objective of the Gaza Mental Health Project is to assess children’s needs, provide them the service they require and to train social workers on administering screening questionnaires. Over 1,300 children have been screened by 5 field workers to date and their subsequent programs are currently being developed.

Name Date Amount Comments
Alya Alhamad 12/21/2015 $55.00  
Ahmad Diab Jersey 12/18/2015 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 12/15/2015 $120.00 Love the Jerseys!
Manal Alsharif 12/15/2015 $430.00 Jerseys
Anonymous Friend 11/06/2015 $250.00  
Deena LaRocca 11/06/2015 $20.00  
Annie Robbins 10/17/2015 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 10/17/2015 $100.00 Keep up the fantastic and important work!
Kate Turney 09/01/2015 $50.00 Better late than never. Congratulations Sara Amighi and all of you! Great effort!
Anonymous Friend 08/06/2015 $270.00  
Paul Ingram 08/05/2015 $80.00 Inspired by Mutussam Abu Karash and Adham Albalboul. Palestinian youth in the Netherlands inspiring a Canadian to give. That's what a global community is about!
Anonymous Friend 08/04/2015 $250.00  
Dan Snow 08/03/2015 $200.00  
ADNAN ABUSHARAR 07/31/2015 $1,000.00  
Joumana Al Jabri 07/28/2015 $70.00 Persistence.
Nahla Murad 07/27/2015 $300.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2015 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2015 $20.00 The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing... Save Gaza ♡
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2015 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2015 $30.00  
Titia Positano 07/26/2015 $20.00 For all the people who is suffering FREE PALESTINA
Mariana Petiet 07/26/2015 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/26/2015 $100.00  
Noor Al Radi 07/26/2015 $50.00 I have no doubt that this has already set in motion the change we hope to see.
Anonymous Friend 07/25/2015 $10.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/24/2015 $50.00 Great effort, great initiative
Randa Alic 07/24/2015 $20.00 For the children in Palestine
Anonymous Friend 07/24/2015 $40.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/24/2015 $200.00 You will need some more marketing for this task, may be using services (free) of a marketing specialist.
Anonymous Friend 07/22/2015 $675.00  
Ahmad Shehada 07/22/2015 $770.00  
Achraf El Johari 07/22/2015 $5.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/21/2015 $300.00  
Giuliano Chianelli 07/21/2015 $30.00 Free Gaza
Anonymous Friend 07/21/2015 $1,000.00 Keep up the awesome work! love you guys
Karen Platt 07/21/2015 $30.00 This is a small donation, but I wanted to be part of your efforts Cycling4Gaza. Thank you so much!!!
David Judah 07/20/2015 $20.00 Fantastic work! Thanks for everything you do
Nadia Saba 07/20/2015 $30.00 Keep it up you're wonderful. Thank you.
Rula Hamed 07/16/2015 $5,000.00  
Mahmoud Dabdoub 07/13/2015 $800.00  
Anonymous Friend 07/12/2015 $10.00  
Dina Ghandour 07/07/2015 $50.00 Love you guys, keep the awesome work up!
Anonymous Friend 07/03/2015 $300.00  
Miral Alaraj 07/02/2015 $750.00 REG Fee
Serene Xefos 06/23/2015 $2,900.00 C4G Support!
Salwa Abu-Wardeh 06/12/2015 $300.00 Reg Fee C4G2015
Aziza Osman 06/10/2015 $780.00 C4G support!
JC Desaintfuscien 06/09/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration Fee
Adnan Abusharar 05/27/2015 $450.00  
Kareem Salman 04/28/2015 $300.00 C4G Registraton Fee
Anonymous Friend 04/22/2015 $1,000.00 #C4G2015 here we come! Fees for ZH/NH
Dina Dajani 04/22/2015 $740.00 C4G 2015 Registration Fees!
Haifa Beseisso 04/19/2015 $300.00 Deposit Part 2
Gwyneth Daniel 04/15/2015 $740.00 This is my registration fee for the ride which I wish to meet myself and not out of fundraising.
Roula C 04/14/2015 $440.00  
Alia Mobayed 04/14/2015 $740.00 Registration for C4G 2015 :)
Karen Partridge 04/14/2015 $450.00 Remaining fee for cycling4gaza 2015
Salwa Abu-Wardeh 04/13/2015 $500.00 Reg Fee
Miral Alaraj 04/12/2015 $900.00 Reg fees x 3
Rama Ishaq 04/12/2015 $900.00 remianing registration fees for Rama and Muna
Nadeem Alsalem 04/10/2015 $300.00 #C4G registration fee
Karen Partridge 04/07/2015 $300.00 Registration fee for cycling4gaza2015
Zeena & Sosebee 04/02/2015 $300.00 C4G registration fee!
Zeena & Sosebee 03/31/2015 $600.00 This is the registration fee for Deema and myself.
Shaun Rabah 03/31/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration Fee
Fatima Al Silwadi 03/30/2015 $300.00  
Leila Khatib 03/30/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration Fee
Bader Ataya 03/30/2015 $300.00 This is to confirm my participation in the Cycling trip
Nadine Habayeb Bader Ataya 03/29/2015 $300.00 C4G 2015 Registration!
Tala Qaraeen 03/28/2015 $300.00 C4G2015 Registration Fees...Let's do this :)
Rasha Ismail 03/27/2015 $300.00 C4G
Roula C 03/25/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration
Karen Chaaban 03/25/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration Fees
Mohamed A 03/24/2015 $300.00 C4G Registration
Rama Ishaq 03/24/2015 $300.00 registration fees for Cycling4Gaza
Salim Kopti 03/24/2015 $300.00 registration fees for cycling4gaza
Bahar Hashemi 03/24/2015 $300.00 C4G 2015 Registration
Leen Qablawi 03/23/2015 $300.00 C4G 2015 registration
Shahrazad Saadeh 03/23/2015 $300.00 C4G Deposite
Nour EL La 03/22/2015 $300.00 #C4G 2015 registration fee
Tamara Khoury 03/22/2015 $300.00 C4G registration fee :)
Zein Ayoub Nimri 03/22/2015 $300.00 Donation for the Mental Health project in Gaza
Haifa Beseisso 03/22/2015 $300.00 C4G 2015 registration fee:D
Team Palestine For PCRF Jordan 03/21/2015 $300.00 Deposit for "Cycle 4 Gaza" 2015 event.
Sara Amighi 03/19/2015 $600.00 Sara Amighi & Yasmine Saade - Registration Fee
Adnan Abusharar 03/19/2015 $300.00  
Nabeel Rauf 03/18/2015 $300.00 C4G :)
Lina Abou Chaaban 03/17/2015 $300.00 #C4G registration fee!
  Total $34,600.00