Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

L.A.-Gaza Children Enjoy Heart Beat Youth Center Program

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

L.A.-Gaza Children Enjoy Heart Beat Youth Center Program

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"Beautiful Environment," an ecology program for kids ages 6 to 12, took place on April 6 and 7 in Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine. The program was created and implemented by Kifah Kudaih, founder and director of the Khan Younis-based "Heart Beat Youth Center," and his team of teachers and psychologists. "Heart Beat Youth Center" offers programs that empower children and youth and help them heal from the trauma of war.

On the first day, the children were taught the importance of hygiene and of protecting their environment. They watched a video that explained how plastic is not biodegradable, and the hazardous effect it has when thrown into the sea.

Another video depicted a school in Japan where pupils clean their classroom. "We want to visit the children in Japan and we want the Japanese children to visit us in Gaza," one of the Khan Younis kids declared.

Afterwards the children cleaned their classroom and decorated it with balloons and flags. …

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