Affiliations and Partnerships in Canada
Association Québecoise des Organismes de Coopération Internationale (AQOCI)
The AQOCT is an association of more than 50 non-governmental organizations operating in the province of Quebec and working in the fields of public education and international cooperation. Its main objectives are to promote concerted and coordinated actions among its members and to facilitate communication through a newsletter and other publications. It also receives funds from the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and allocates them to projects submitted by its members. Among these projects are public awareness programs within the province and development projects in the Third World. MAP became a full member of AQOCT in 1992.
The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC)
The CCIC is a coordinating body serving Canadian non-governmental organizations working in the field of international development. MAP, formerly an associate member, became a full member of CCIC in 1992. The CCIC Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (R&R) Fund has operated since 1981 to help communities overseas to sustain development in the face of disaster. Established by CCIC and CIDA, the R&R Fund was born out of a growing understanding of the need for assistance of a more permanent nature than that provided by short-term disaster relief. R&R projects are designed to bring hope by focusing on how to reduce vulnerability and promote self-reliance, including prevention and preparedness elements, promoting community efforts to achieve sustainable development. The R&R Fund has continuously demonstrated its sensitivity to the special needs of Palestinians.
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
Founded in 1978, the CCR is a non-profit umbrella organization uniting over 100 organizations across Canada that focus on refugee issues, in Canada and abroad. Through its annual conference and working groups, the CCR has developed an extensive body of policy positions on refugee questions. Our affiliation with CCR allows us to benefit from the wealth of information this national organization has acquired on refugee issues in general and, more specifically, problems relating to the human rights of refugees.
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Established in 1967, Development and Peace is a service organization which provides financial assistance to socioeconomic development projects in third world countries and promotes public awareness in Canada. For a number of years, it has supported important projects in the Middle East, especially in a continued awareness and commitment to the changing needs of. The developing world. Development and Peace is MAP’, major Canadian partner, supporting our public awareness, development, humanitarian and relief activities. In addition to having facilitated MAP’s last three OPT project grants received through CIDA International Humanitarian Assistance, Development and Peace established a partnership with MAP in two CCIC Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Fund project for the OPT, provided financial contributions for our public awareness activities, assisted our overall development as an organization, and helped to heighten awareness of the plight of the Palestine.
United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights, New York
The United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights was established December 13, 1983 by the UN General Assembly with the aim of promoting the rights of the Palestinian people. Through its accreditation with the Division, MAP takes part in annual meeting organized by the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (NACC) and the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP). These include the United Nations North American Regional NGO Symposium and the United Nations International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine.
Association of International Voluntary Agencies (AIVA), Jerusalem
Through our office in Jerusalem, MAP is an active member of AIVA, an association of twenty international voluntary agencies that acts as a forum for discussion on issues confronting NGOs working in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At monthly meetings we deal with problems, constraints on our work, and ways of improving our contributions to the Palestinian community.
Coordinating Committee of Non-Governmental Organization (CCINGO), Jerusalem
CCINGO is the collective voice of international NGOs with respect to obstacles to development and the status of human rights in the OPT. CCINGO provides timely information about the situation "on the ground" in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to policy-makers in government, international groups and media. MAP is member of the working group responsible for coordinating CCINGO's activities.
MAP’s local partner
In 1990, MAP organized the National launching of Dr, Chris Giannou’s book Besieged. Events were organized in Montreal Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver and Halifax, in cooperation with local community groups. All the royalties raised from Canadian sales of the English and just-released French translation of Dr. Giannou’s book are donated to MAP.
Campaign for Shatila
Shatila is the Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut that was the scene of the September 1982 massacre during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. It resurfaced in the news in 1986 during the “war of the camps”. In 1986 MAP joined world-wide efforts to come to the aid of the inhabitants of the camp by launching a national fundraising campaign. The highlight of the campaign was a tour by PRCS President Dr. Fathi Arafat in the spring of 1987, who was the guest speaker at banquets organized in Montreal, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Ain Shams Rehabilitation Centre
In October of 1985, a fundraising campaign was launched in Vancouver, British Columbia by MAP and the Committee for Relief and Medical Aid for Palestinians, in order to acquire physical therapy equipment for the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre run by PRCS in Ain Shams, a poor neighborhood in Cairo. Although the funds raised were modest, the physiotherapy equipment purchased was invaluable.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is a humanitarian organization equivalent in nature to a national Red Cross Society: Its services are made available to all in heed, regardless of nationality or religion. ‘The PRCS was founded in 1968 in response t0 the urgent social and medical needs of displaced Palestinians living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and other Countries. In the ensuing years, the PRCS established hospitals, clinics, ambulance services, nursing schools and rehabilitation centers throughout the region.
Since its birth, MAP has enjoyed an interactive and mutually beneficial relationship with the PRCS. As the primary organization responsible for the health of Palestinians, the PRCS advises MAP on policies and priorities relating to Palestinian health issue. In turn, MAP keeps the PRCS up-to-date on Canadian policies and an initiative concerning international humanitarian assistance, organizes informational and fundraising tours for PRCS officials in Canada, and arranges meetings with Canadian health officials, government agencies and other groups. MAP has also arranged for Canadian health workers to volunteer at PRCS clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centers Throughout the Middle East. The PRCS hospital in Shatila, Lebanon and the Ain Shams Rehabilitation Centre for Children in Cairo, Egypt were the first beneficiaries of funds MAP raised.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP-UK)
Previously Palestinian Medical Aid, MAP-UK was launched in 1984 in response to the massacres of Palestinians in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut and the destruction of the majority of health structures in Lebanon. Since 1988 they have focused on providing material and personnel support to health institutions in the West Bank and Gaza. MAP—Canada and MAP-UK are independent organizations, but cooperate on many health Projects in the Occupied Territories.
Ittihad Hospital is run by the Arab Women’s Union of Nablus, With 104 beds (of which one-third are reserved and paid for by UNRWA), it is the only independent referral center for the northern region, which has a population of approximately 550,000, Ittihad provides general and emergency health care services and specialist care including obstetrics, gynecology and intensive care.
St. Luke’s Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospital is owned and operated by the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Built in 1900, it is a charitable institution that depends totally on donors for covering operating and capital expenses. St. Luke’s has a capacity of sixty-five beds, one hundred employees, two operating theatres, two OPIR clinics and a practical nursing school, but has recently suffered a substantial drop in funding due to inflation a devaluation in the Jordanian Dinar, and increased medical and food prices due to the imposition of curfews.
The Red Crescent Society (RCS Nablus)
The Red Crescent Society/ Red Crescent Society Maternity Hospital (RCS Tulkarm) provides the only non-governmental, non-UNRWA health services for the entire Tulkarm-Qalqilya area. The recently established Maternity Hospital and the Red Crescent Society ambulance services play an essential role in maintaining the population’s health.
The Patients’ Friends Society (PFS Jenin), established in 1975, has a mobile clinic service and a school for children with special needs, the only facility of its kind in Jenin, an area with a population of approximately 200,000. The society also runs an expanding polyclinic which is the main health service for the Jenin area and from which they run outreach services in mother and child care and rehabilitation. PFS Jenin established the Al-Amal Clinic in 1985, which now includes a medical laboratory, X-ray department and seven specialized clinics, and Provides outpatient, emergency and ambulatory services.
The Red Crescent Society (RCS Jenin) operates the main ambulance service for Jenin. The Society’s ambulances have taken on a growing importance with the increased conflict, rising birth rates, and lack of alternative means of emergency transportation, The Society has recently finished construction of a critically needed sixty-bed Maternity and Pediatric hospital, and is seeking funding for running costs and equipment.
The Red Crescent Society (RCS Hebron) was founded in 1965. It offers a variety of health services to the population of the relatively underdeveloped Hebron region, including a 30-bed children’s hospital complete with a neo-natal unit.