The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme has recently concluded four awareness events as part of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) funded ‘Sports for Smiles’ project. Mr. Mohannad AlSalhi, project coordinator at GCMHP, and Ms. Noura Ashour, project coordinator at GIZ, both attended these events.
The lectures targeted parents of the participants in the project. The participants are made of 500 children between the ages of 12 and 17, including 65 children with disabilities. 20 male and female sport coaches are part of the project working in the following clubs: Beit Hanoun Youth Club, Al Hilal Sports Club in Gaza, Almaghazi Services Club, and the Palestinian Red Crescent Club in Khanyounis.
A number of professionals and specialists in the programme delivered lectures on adolescence, the problems that arise in this period of development, and how parents can deal with their children in such a period.
The ‘Sports for Smiles’ project aims at providing psychological support to children through sport activities and through improving their ability to deal with life hardships.
The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
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