Summer Camps

June 4, 2013 ANERA
Early Childhood Development, Education, Gaza, Health Education, Music and the Arts, West Bank
ANERA has organized summer campers for thousands of young Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank since 2006.

The Reality

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.

ANERA’s Response

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! Funding has come from USAID, the State of Kuwait, Dubai Cares, and thousands of individual donors.

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 in Gaza show off their colorful cutouts of toothbrushes, toothpaste and combs as part of a game about healthy habits.Summer campers show off their cutout toothbrushes and other tools for cleaning teeth. Read more >> 



These two boys at ANERA's summer camp in Gaza, 2011, learned some new healthy habits while having a good time.

Making friends and learning to play together is an integral part of camp activities. Read more >> 



A counselor at one of ANERA's summer camps in Gaza uses a traditional drum to share his love of new rhythms with the children .

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>>