Peace Begins with Me - Al salam yabda'a mini Ana (السلام يبدأ مني)
Palestinian children daily face a challenging environment. One issue the political conflict brings to the land is a lack of financial stability and access to resources which could contribute to the greater growth of children who lack access to playfulness, safety and nature.
Our intention is to create an environment for children to come together and feel safe and to make the summer of 2019 a playful summer full of transformative learning and growth for refugee children from the Bethlehem area. For the past few years we have been supporting children through summer camps, bringing them into a natural, safe, fun environment away from the concrete and grayness of the refugee camps. Using the methods of non-violent communication, we remind children of their basic communication tools focusing on feelings and needs, self-expression and finding healthy strategies to meet those needs, teaching life skills for reaching across differences, resolving conflicts, and building long-lasting, meaningful connections. They learn how to listen not only to others but to themselves.
Our aim is to reach 25/30 kids for one month, who will journey with a team of NVC professionals, a physiologist, an ecological tour guide in Palestine, and youth leaders. Children will be provided with a healthy lunch every day, they will participate in cooking, planting, painting, movement and swimming activities.
Our weekly budget for each child is approximately 70 euros, this estimate includes all expenses (health insurance, venue, lunch, snack, supplies, counselors, etc.) Your support will allow the children to experience and explore the possibilities of better, healthier living. If we exceed our goal, with additional funds we will plan a final weekend in Jericho with the children and their mothers in order to involve the mothers in the learning experience and to provide them with a rare opportunity to leave the camps and experience a weekend of relaxation, self-expression and community.
For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the camp this summer write to: email@example.com