June 3, 2013 ANERA
Community Development, Early Childhood Development, Education, Gaza, Lebanon, West Bank
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The Reality

In Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon, there is little or no space for children to play safely due to crowded conditions and limited resources. In refugee camps like Arroub camp in Hebron or the destroyed Nahr El Bared camp in Lebanon, children wander around in search of places to run around and release the tension of daily life. They often end up playing in busy streets or dirty, abandoned lots.

ANERA’s Response

ANERA partnered with KinderUSA and the U.S. nonprofit organization, Playgrounds for Palestine, to identify suitable play areas for children and construct safe playgrounds for communities throughout Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza.  As a result of our partnership, thousands of Palestinian youngsters of all ages have benefitted from clean, safe play areas to have fun with friends and family.

One West Bank community got a new playground, thanks to an ANERA donor who requested that her wedding guests commemorate the happy event by donating toward a playground in a needy West Bank village.

How It Works

  • Identify area space for playground.
  • Design attractive playground installation.
  • Build equipment using locally-sourced materials.
  • Ensure that equipment can be used by children with disabilities.
  • Ensure highest standards of quality and safety.

Children at Play

Kids playing soccer on a sports field in Nahr El Bared refugee camp

Palestinian kids in a Lebanon refugee camp enjoy a soccer game in their new playground. Read the story >>


Gazan boys with disabilities enjoy climbing and hanging from colorful new playground equipment ANERA installed at Right to Live Society.

“Playing is much more than just a recreational activity. It helps children with disabilities relieve stress while maintaining fitness. It also helps them use their energy productively.” Read the story >>