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At the beginning of this month, the environmental workers worked with the Environmental Club group that was formed during the previous month on cleaning and planting the roof of the center. On 4 March, the environmental workers organized an environmental trip for this group. The trip included three villages in Ramallah: the villages of Kafr Nima, Bil’in and Safa.
In addition to that, the environmental workers organized an environmental camp for 15-20 years old boys and girls from Aida, Al-Azza camps and Beit Jala that began on 15 March and ended on 22 March. The environmental camp included basic concepts of the environmental and the water unit, recreational activities, competitions, agriculture within the environmental unit, the impact of the occupation on the environment and the Palestinian land. The environmental camp was ended by a historical environmental trip to the city of Jericho, specifically to the Auja Spring, and Hisham’s Palace.
On this month, the environmental unit had a volunteer named Laura. She is an environmental engineer who had a big role in the environmental camp: providing the students with information about the hydroponic unit and teaching them how to harvest the crops in the correct way. In addition, Laura gave a lecture to the environmental workers about the tools and elements needed to improve the hydroponic units, and the method of testing the water and the plants. Furthermore, Laura went with some environmental workers to the aquaponic and hydroponic unit in Beit Sahour to examine the method of its work and applying it on the roof of Lajee Center.
Zahrat Al-Yasmeen Kindergarten
The kindergarten organized a medical day to examine the feet of the students in coordination with the Foot Care Center in Bethlehem. The aim is to find out if the children suffer from flat feet, so the doctor examined the children and sent a paper with the children that suffer from flat feet to follow-up on that matter with their parents.
The kindergarten teachers prepared a program for the students to participate in the celebration of Mother’s Day, Earth Day, and International Women’s Day. The kindergarten children presented eight shows as part of that celebration. All the students’ mothers were invited by the kindergarten and Lajee Center. The program presented by the children included poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, as well as songs and words related to the event. All mothers of the children were present at this celebration.
Lajee Center organized a special workshop about “Children’s rights through Arts” for thirteen mothers. The workshop focused on the following issues: The right to education, no discrimination, the right to protection, and the right to live in a family.
During this month, four childrens’ activities were organized at Lajee’s library: Storytelling, free drawing workshop, educational games and coloring drawings for the month of Ramadan. In addition to that, students from the Faculty of Education of Bethlehem University visited Lajee’s library and told stories to the children using puppets and kinetic games.
Mother’s Day, Earth Day and International Women’s Day Celebration
On 18 March 2023, Lajee Center organized a special day to celebrate Mother’s Day, Earth Day and International Women’s Day. The Celebration was at 4 pm at an events’ hall in Aida Camp. Invitations to this celebration were sent to mothers and women from Aida and Al-Azza camp. The mothers of Lajee Center’s participants, the mothers of the kindergarten students, the mothers of the martyrs and prisoners in Aida and Al-Azza Camp and other women volunteers. The celebration had a very special program which included shows for the students of the kindergarten, the dabkeh groups and the music groups. There were several speeches about the mothers of the prisoners and the mothers of the martyrs and about the great connection between the Palestinians and their lands. At the end of the celebration the employees of Lajee Center distributed gifts of a plant and a mug with Lajee Center’s logo to all the women in the celebration.