Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gaza Crisis: The Humanitarian Response

I invite you to participate in a conference call with the Mercy Corps field staff in Jerusalem to hear firsthand accounts of the current situation on the ground in Gaza.  This call will take place on Friday, January 16th at 1:00 PM EST.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mercy Corps, they work to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.  Their strategy is to work in countries in transition, where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict or economic collapse.  You may learn more about Mercy Corps by visiting their website
Below you can find information on how to participate on this call.  Please remember to RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Gaza Crisis: The Humanitarian Response
Get the inside story from Mercy Corps staff in the region

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is grim - and getting worse by the day. Despite significant obstacles, Mercy Corps staff in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and Egypt are working to get aid to families who need our help. So far, we've delivered food, blankets and medical supplies to more than 600 families.

This Friday, get firsthand accounts of what's happening inside Gaza by joining a conference call with Mercy Corps field staff in Jerusalem.  You'll hear about the situation on the ground, the challenges we're facing, and our immediate and long-term plans to assist families in Gaza. 

Friday, January 16
1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

North American callers, call toll-free:
1-800-758-5606 to join the call

International callers, call +1-212-231-2902 to join the call

To follow the visual presentation online and submit your questions live, go to and enter access code 5370513 in the "join a meeting" box. We recommend logging on a few minutes before the scheduled start time.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend, so we know how many lines to reserve. You can also use the RSVP form to submit questions to our Gaza field staff in advance so they can try to respond to as many questions as possible during the call.