Smile is one of the projects Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is
implementing to support the psychsological wellbeing of the Palestinians in
which is funded by GIZ, targets children and adolescents who suffer from
psychological challenges due to the hard social, economic and political
In four clubs
across the Gaza Strip, 500 children – 275 boys, and 225 girls – enjoy a variety of activities that provide them
with psychological support through sport and recreation. These activities are
implemented by 20 coaches (11 men and 9 women) through two sessions a week.
the Gaza Strip, already suffering from the conflict-ridden context, have had an
additional challenge to cope after the outbreak of corona pestilence, which
resulted in rather taxing social and economic issues.
activities are implemented in accordance with the protective measures which
include sanitizing the toys and the tools, observing social distancing and
wearing medical masks.
always express their satisfaction and happiness with the activities they are
engaged with. They believe that Sports for Smile has given them the opportunity
to make new friends, learn helpful techniques to deal with stress and be more
integrated in the society.
“I love football so much. Here is where I have a change of air; here is
where I feel happy,” said 11-year-old Fadi.