Best season greetings from CYC
Yesterday morning, around 60 Palestinian and Syrian refugee children and youth from the Shatila camp assembled in CYC’s library in anticipation of the center’s weekly Friday activity.
What followed were a series of call-and-response songs, in which several CYC facilitators encouraged those in attendance to lead their peers with their voices and movements. Numerous children and youth took up the task, rushing into the center of the circle to lead the group.
The program then transitioned into a game that had all the children, youth, and facilitators in attendance moving back and forth across the library collectively.
After an hour of physical and mental release, the group then settled into chairs to relax their bodies and watch a film. The film was in English, giving the children and youth a chance to practice a foreign language as they rested. The range of activities gave those in attendance the chance to play, relax, learn and feel comfortable in the company of their friends. There were no shortage of smiles.
Last week, Shatila teenagers took part in an inspiring activity that got them thinking deeply about their lives, their choices, and their relationships with others through writing exercises, discussions, and drawing.
The group held a moving discussion about their goals and how their behavior could either help them advance toward them or block their obtainment. The youth vowed to take responsibility for themselves and their decisions and to approach their actions with more awareness of future consequences and with more sensitivity to those around them.
Following the discussion, the group began working collectively on several drawings, which embodied the messages of the discussion.
“We must change our lives” or “صار لازم نغير حياتنا” was the common refrain of the program and the subject of some of the pictures. At the end of the activity, there was no doubt that the youth grasped the expression’s full meaning.