With educational materials, art supplies, and professional Counselors, RI is combating the effects of childhood trauma and giving hope to 1,000+ kindergarteners from conflict-affected areas in Gaza.
A majority of young children are severely affected by ongoing violence in Gaza. Schools remain crucial for providing positive reinforcement to offset psychological trauma. However, due to extreme poverty, Gazan children attend kindergarten classes in over-crowded rooms, where a teacher can be responsible for over 40 kids, and stimulating educational materials are absent. In response, RI is giving hope to Kindergarteners, by providing safe and secure spaces for them to begin their education.
RI will provide educational materials and psychosocial support to 25 kindergarten classrooms (1,000 children) in Beit Hanoun. Learning aids, posters, storybooks, and art supplies will be purchased from local retailers to stimulate the local economy.
Early childhood is a critical stage in human development. By offering a safe alternative to conflict and therapeutic interventions at an early age, RI is addressing trauma-related problems that can greatly inhibit a child’s growth and development.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).