Parade for Healthy Choices in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

April 11, 2009 ANERA
Education, Health, Health Education, Lebanon, Mother and Child, Palestinian Refugee Camps
A little Palestinian girl dressed as a strawberry in Burj El Burajneh refugee camp, Lebanon.

Early in the morning of March 30, 2009, hundreds of Palestinians – mostly women and children – marched through the narrow streets of Burj El Burajneh refugee camp dressed up as fruits and vegetables, singing messages of health and cleanliness.

After the parade, young people staged three puppet shows about eating right, maintaining good health and the importance of breastfeeding.

The parade was organized by the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization (PWHO), a non-profit in Beirut that has been working in the camp for 15 years to improve the lives of women and children through public health and educational initiatives.

Hundreds of people marched and to spread knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices.

The theatrical presentations were performed by volunteers from the Arab Resource Center for Palestinian Arts (ARCPA), a non-profit that promotes conflict resolution, reconciliation and healing through active learning and creative expression.

We have been partnering with PWHO and ARCPA for two years on our Creative Health Campaign, which makes healthy living fun through interactive educational materials and events. These activities are colorful and joyous bright spots in the otherwise gloomy atmosphere of Lebanon’s camps.

The work that our team in the Beirut office is doing with their local partners is inspiring. These kinds of initiatives show what’s possible when creative thinkers come together to tackle tough problems.

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