Gaza Community Mental Health Programme arranged a closing ceremony on Monday, November 8, 2021 for Project:
Sports for Smile - Phase Two, which is funded by the German Cooperation Agency
The ceremony was attended by the four clubs in cooperation with which
GCMHP has implemented the project.
The closing meeting of the project was attended by Dr Yasser Abu Jamei, GCMHP’s
Director General; Ms Noura Ashour, the GIZ technical officer of the project in
Gaza; Qusai Abu Odeh, Director of Department of External Relations and Resource
Development; Rawya Hamam, Director of Training and Scientific Research
Department; Eng Aisha Al-Bassiouni, Head
of Projects and Resource Development Unit; and Eng Hassan Al-Shaer the project’s coordinator
as well as administration representatives of the partner clubs
The ceremony was also attended by Ms Khitam Abu Shawareb and Mr Hassan
Ziadeh, psychologists at Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
The project continued for about
2 years, during which time 500 children (275 boys, and 225 girls) in four clubs
across the Gaza Strip, benefited from
a variety of activities that provided them with psychological support through
sport and recreation. These activities were implemented by 20 coaches (11 men
and 9 women) through two sessions a week. 13% of the beneficiaries were
children with disabilities.
The coaches underwent training
on GBV and mental health issues. In addition
they were provided with individual professional supervision sessions
over the project period.
Dr Abu Jamei addressed the
attendees on the value of the project, explaining that it was designed to
provide a qualitative mental health service for children in the Gaza Strip. He also
explained the stages through which the idea of the project developed until it
reached its present shape.
He also said thank you for the German
Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for funding the project, and the
partner clubs, the coaches and the supervisors for their effort and hard work during
On their part, GCMHP
supervisors, who worked in the project, confirmed that the project's activities
contributed to the promotion of children's mental health through the results
achieved and through the improvement they, the coaches and the families of the
Ms Ashour said that the project
is one of the most important projects implemented by the German International
Cooperation Agency (GIZ) in Gaza, validating the efforts done by the all those
who contributed to the project.
The representatives of sports
clubs, also, highlighted the need for
continuing this type of intervention considering the great impact it ahcived in
terms of improving the wellbeing of the children, expressing their hope for
renewing this through implementing new projects. They also extended their thanks to the GIZ and the Gaza
Community Mental Health Programme, and expressed
their happiness with the results achieved through the project.