Last week AFEDJ’s John Lent had the opportunity to see first-hand the impact of the generosity of supporters to Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City.
Lent and Nancy Opalack, CEO of the Harold C. Smith Foundation, toured the hospital with Suhaila Tarazi, Ahli’s director. They met mothers and children at Ahli’s free community clinic that Tarazi calls, “the heartbeat of the hospital.”
Because of U.S. cuts in aid beginning in 2018, the free clinic was open only one day a week and sometimes less frequently.
That changed in June 2019 when a $468,000 grant from the Smith Foundation allowed the clinic to open for a second day each week for the next year. In addition to funding the clinic, the grant enabled Ahli to purchase much-needed equipment for surgery and burn therapy.