“My name is Steve Sosebee. I’m a Palestinian and this is my Palestinian ID.” This is how Steve, an American journalist who lives in the West Bank, introduces himself as he narrates his humanitarian journey that started in Jerusalem with an assignment in 1989. While covering the First Intifada, Steve came across 10-year-old Mansour, who had lost both feet, one arm and an eye after his house was bombed. From that moment, Steve devoted his life to assisting injured Palestinian children and bringing about a positive change in their lives.
In 1991, Steve founded the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), which has changed the lives of hundreds of injured Palestinian children in need of prostheses by sending them to receive treatment overseas. Over the years, he has facilitated the arrival of more than 70 medical missions to Palestine, comprising a total of around 5,000 physicians, medical staff and volunteers from around the world to work hand-in-hand with their Palestinian counterparts and perform life-saving surgeries and procedures.
Through PCRF, Steve has established a strong network of thousands of volunteers in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world, with whom he coordinates treatment for injured and sick children overseas. The medical care and prostheses his organisation provides have also changed the lives of more than 2,000 children of determination.
When Steve’s Palestinian wife and fellow philanthropist Huda Al Masri passed away following a battle with cancer, he established a cancer hospital in her name with branches in the West Bank and Gaza. The hospital provides free treatment for more than 1,200 children each year.