From Gaza, with Love

Thursday, February 22, 2007

From Ausralia to jabalia in Gaza with love

Dear all
My post will be today about AL-AWDA hospital, rather than boring you with the political situation in Palestine, at the moment, and the new national unity government, and which political party will join or not. Or Mrs. C. Rice and her visit and the obstacles that faces the peace process, or the Israelis crafty way of putting more obstacles towards the peace process, and the Palestinian tax money that Israel holds , to contribute more and more in the poverty in Gaza and WB, and making the humanitarian situation worse and worse.

AlAwda hospital
Jabalia camp for refugees
Largest refugees camp population 120.000
AlAwda Hospital catchement area is north of Gaza , population 250,000
the Austarlian humanitarian mission targets all children of Gaza via AlAwda hospital
februry Tuesday 20 th 2007

I had the pleasure to meet Professor Pady Dewan and his team, during their 2nd humanitarian visit to Palestine
This mission staring from 13th of February to 24th of February, it is the 3rd Australian humanitarian mission to Gaza, continuity of the children 1st project
, Professor Dewan is a prominent Australian pediatric Urosurgeon, from the kind cuts for kids foundation in Melbourne this surgical team traveled all the way from Australia to Jabalia, to conduct highly sophisticated urosurgical operations and procedures for kids aged 1month to 15 years of age
, Those operations are not available in Gaza, for several reasons, most important one is that we lack the right highly qualified surgeons for such specialty,
And those kids and their families, cannot cross the borders, for further treatment abroad (this sort of operations cost fortune), leave alone the families financial hardship, where 70%of Gaza’s population depends on outside aid, and when poverty is prevalent in any society, it severely affects health and nutrition in the 1st place
the children will get it with nominal fees , and middleast children alliences ,contributed with part of the hospital subsidised fees .

This humanitarian mission is an outcome of 3 years of relationship between the hospital with the marvelous Moira Kelly from children’s 1st foundation in Melbourne
Philip Sakka Beit Jala community association
Sonia Kara women group
And many others who contributed by their time, efforts and money, to make those missions to Gaza a great success, and to put big smile on the children faces.

I still remember the determination of Moira, and Philip Sakka on their 1st visit to Gaza in April 3 years ago, and the difficulties they faced, when they arrived the Eritz Checkpoint, and there was confrontation between the Israeli occupation army and Palestinian resistance, they stayed in the barracks for one hour, I was with Raid AlAdssi, on the other side inside the ambulance , hiding behind a cement wall

In the end we all succeeded to reach the hospital
And the mission will continue helping the Gaza children, and prove for others that we can change the world into one big family, that enjoy peace and justice
children of Palestine like all the world children , deserve better life full of peace , supple and security.

Please read below
Prof .pady Dewan email regarding this mission

p.s Riad is Al-Awda hospital head of emergency department , he played big rule in the coordination of this mission inside the hosopital and he loves the children and cares for them great deal, I told him several times , he works from his heart , and that what makes the difference

Dear All,

Congratulations to Riyad for his untiring work.

A feature of this visit is the sense of ongoing care to patients with difficult
Problems, thanks to the participation of David Croaker and Erroll Simpson in coming
Here in November. Also, there is an increasing involvement of Gaza Pediatric
Surgical and Urological staff who are very eager to help care for the children,
Learn from the visitors and improve the care through their challenging questions -
Not to mention that they are great fun to work with. The Kind cuts for Kids
Foundation is particularly focused on sustainable assistance, thus the training
Aspect is vital, and in the Gaza mission is vibrant.

Thanks to all who have provided support and assistance?

Kind regards

Paddy Dewan
Kind cuts for Kids Foundation


  • After watching those pictures it did come to my mind these words:

    "“Whoever kills a soul – unless for another soul or for corruption (vice and mischief spread) in the land – it is as if he had slain the whole of mankind. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved the whole of mankind.” [Surah Ma’idah 5:32]

    This is very true.
    Ideologies come and go.
    But the good ( or evil ) we do to others can last a lifetime.

    By Blogger solitarioh2005, at 2/23/2007 1:14 AM  

  • The photos you post are always one of two things: Heart-breaking, or Heart-warming.
    It is heart-warming to see the smiles on the faces of these children who are hospitalised; their physical situation only adds trauma to a greater daily mental and emotional trauma.

    I am always further inspired to speak out when I read of the work you do, as well as your co-workers; under such dire conditions.
    Thank you for offering some hopeful news in the face of the ever-worsening situation in the O.T. that is the environment of your daily life.

    As ever, I wish you well.

    By Blogger Amelopsis, at 3/03/2007 3:13 AM  

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