The Center for Constitutional Rights is a proud sponsor of the 2019 NYC Gaza 5K. The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA Funds from the race are donated to the UNRWA Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP), which employs counselors, locally recruited from the refugee population, to support thousands of Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma.
Over a decade of blockade has cut Gaza's population and economy off from the world, resulting in high rates of unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity. Most people now must rely on international assistance to meet their most basic needs. With the US government defunding of the Agency in 2018, UNRWA, the main services provider, was forced to change the status of many of its counselors from full-time to part-time, limiting their ability to respond to mental health needs caused by trauma and repeated exposure to violence. But this decision to defund UNRWA doesn't have to put an end to the Agency's Community Mental Health Programme. The funds raised through the NYC Gaza 5K can allow UNRWA to continue employing counselors, providing jobs to refugees and critically needed mental health care to children.
Visit gaza5k.org for more information.