In 2017, the Run for Palestine team hopes to raise $35,000 to provide essential psycho-social support for Gaza’s children.
Following the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, Islamic Relief began a ten year intervention program to provide integrated psycho-social support for Gaza’s children, many of whom suffer from a myriad of psychological problems. The program is currently operating in its third year and working with 40 schools and 11 Community Based Organizations.
The psycho-social services provided through this initiative include:
These activities focus on building children’s social skills and attitudes, equipping them with collective values, and encouraging them to be active members in their community.
The educational activities aim to help children acquire the necessary skill set to adapt to their environment and realize their full potential.
These activities provide children with special capabilities and practices to increase their individual cultural awareness and knowledge.
Expression activities support children psychologically and allow them to express their emotions and thoughts appropriately in a way that will create a psychological balance between their real life and imagination.
Caregivers are given awareness sessions on different childhood-related issues such as child protection, children’s rights, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and dealing with children in stressful conditions. These sessions are expected to have a great impact on parents’ attitude towards their children and capability to deal with stressful events.