Today is the first day at the local summer camp of leap in Nes-Ammim!
We all gathered in Jerusalem to head out to the North filled with excitement. On the bus we listened to both Arabic and Hebrew music, which helped us learn about each other’s culture. Especially when one of the Palestinian kids held the other on the shoulder and started singing a Palestinian song which Palestinians usually sing at weddings “Zareef At-Tol”!
After arriving at our camp location we started our very first activities, we played sports and participated in our first Non Violent Communication practice.
In our NVC practice (None Violent Communication) we learned more about the culture of the other. One great example was one that Maria shared with us, she learned that some of her Jewish friends have 2 names. One name that most of the people call them by and an additional middle name, usually named after grandparents or great grandparents. Maria shared:”This is all exciting and new information for me!”
Hallel, another camper added “My second name is Hana and I was given this name in memory of my grandmother”. The kids learned about the meanings of the names and the reason why they were given these names.
It was really a wonderful first day!
Today we woke up early in the morning to play some sports and start our day in healthy style!
We then gathered all together to celebrate Meron’s birthday. Meron is a Jewish advisor who joined Kids for peace this year. We sang “Happy Birthday to you ” “Hayum Yom Huledet” and “Sana Helwa Ya Gamil”, the Happy Birthday song in all three languages (Arabic, Hebrew and English).
After that we participated in an artistic activity, learning how to use Henna and other materials to make temporary Tattoos. We had a wonderful time seeing how the staff members and the kids were interacting with each other. Muslim Advisors tattooed the word “Hayat”in Arabic which means life.
We participated in an excellent NVC practice, and had some really interesting comments from the kids. One that stood out was Ahmed’s comment:”I learnt that we should think about a solution for everyone and not think about the needs of only one group”. Another camper, Sheli, added:”Cooperation helps us do what we couldn’t do before, because now we thought out of the box. We need to learn how to think about alternative solutions”
We enjoyed Swimming and playing Olympic Sports! We held a competition in which the purple team won after hard work and cooperation!
The most important lesson the kids agreed on learning today is that cooperation is the key to success!
Stay tuned to hear more about camp!
Jerusalem Leap 2016!