For the first time in Jerusalem:Alquds Fund and Endowment opens playrooms for psychological and social support

For the first time in Jerusalem:Alquds Fund and Endowment opens playrooms for psychological and social support

The Silwan Women’s Revolutionary Center in Jerusalem held opening ceremony for playrooms specialized in providing psycho-social support programs, with support and funding by Alquds Fund and Endowment, and implementation by the Community Action Center of Al-Quds University. This is within the program for the economic, cultural and social empowerment program for Jerusalemites, funded by Alquds Fund and Endowment and Islamic Development Bank.

Five institutions from Jerusalem participated in the project to open the playrooms; the Community Action Center in the Old City, the Silwan Women’s Revolutionary Center, Spafford Children's Center with its two branches in Al-Eizariya and Jerusalem, in addition to the Al Bustan Association in Silwan.

The Community Action Center trained crews of those institutions to execute the playrooms project, under the supervision of coaches of the Italian Charity "Chase". The playrooms is an Italian experience applied for the first time in the city of Jerusalem, aimed at psychological relief for children through creating toys and playing with them. The experience began in Jerusalem in the month of October last year among several phases targeting around150 women and children from Jerusalem for one whole year.

 The second phase is to enable children between the age of 8 and 12 to deal with the psychological pressures through creating toys and playing with them. The goal is psychological relief, recycling used materials, and training on teamwork and communication with other children. The project also included recreational and entertainment trips for children and their mothers.

The opening ceremony of the playrooms at the Women’s Revolutionary Center included playing the Palestinian national anthem, a welcoming speech by the director of the center, Mrs. Abeer Ziad, followed by the speech of the Executive Vice President of Al-Quds University, Dr. Hassan Dweik, then the speech of the Chairman of the Board of Alquds Fund and Endowment, Munib Al-Masri. They all stressed the importance of the project and the need to provide psychological care for the children of Jerusalem under the difficult circumstances in which they live. A video footage was played on the activities of the first phase of the playrooms project, as well as an artistic show by the children of the Women’s Center. Later, the Director of the Community Action Center, Dr. Munir Naseibeh gave a speech, and the ceremony concluded with opening the playrooms with thanks given by the children of the Center to the attendees, the executives and the supporters.

The playrooms project aims to raise the psychological strength of the children of Jerusalem and their mothers; to reduce psychological illness, and enable the children to deal with cases of domestic confinement, detention and exclusion, in light of the unstable political and security situation in the city of Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that the playrooms project is part of a project for urgent social and legal intervention to defend the citizens of Jerusalem, organized by the Community Action Center in the Old City of Jerusalem. The project also includes public meetings with Jerusalemites of different ages and segments; legal meetings with traders; documenting violations by the occupation against Jerusalemites; providing free legal services; in addition to updated translations of the laws of Israeli courts which interest Jerusalemites and directly affect their lives.