The daily tensions of living under occupation and blockade affect Palestinian families, especially children, who also deal with lingering traumas of violence and war. With little psychosocial treatment available, children need a safe haven and time get some relief from their daily tensions in order to just have fun and develop into strong and healthy adults.
Since 2006, ANERA has organized summer camps for thousands of Palestinian children in different locations throughout the West Bank and Gaza. ANERA’s summer camps are part of our early childhood development project Right Start! The USAID-funded program in Gaza is managed by Mercy Corps. In the West Bank, the camps are funded from private donors and grants to our ECD program.
How It Works
During the summer camps in Gaza, thousands of children participate in fun projects organized by camp supervisors and incorporate healthy habits and educational activities. The camps include:
- Sessions for drawing, fishing, sports, and music.
- Lessons on proper dental hygiene and nutritious foods.
- Training for camp counselors about how to support children and encourage participation
Meet Some Campers and Counselors
Summer campers show off their cutout toothbrushes and other tools for cleaning teeth. Read more >>
Making friends and learning to play together is an integral part of camp activities. Read more >>
Camp counselor Mohammad: “I love being able to transmit to them my love of music and drama. And, through storytelling I can encourage children to eat healthy foods.” Read more>>