Impressions of the Refugee Children
of the Refugee of New Camp of Askar
After three weeks of volunteering at the New Refugee Camp of
Askar, The international volunteers of the workcamp did there
best to encourage the refugee children to smile and to play.
Read below some impressions of the kids of the refugee camp of
6 years old.
I come to the camp in order to play and enjoy myself. I listen
to music too. I do enjoy being at the center and spend more
time there than at home. I got bored from staying at home. We
even have bicycle at home but I donít like to play with it
there. I don't sleep if there is no summer camp. I like to do
karate. I liked the drama, music and sports corners of the
7 years old
I do like to play and learn in the camp. The camp takes me
away from the streets. I donít like to stay at home without
doing anything, sometimes I play with my brothers and sisters.
I stay at home and watch TV when there is no camp. I donít
want to see the campís end. I will miss the painting and
playing in the center. I will miss my friends, especially the
new friends I met at the center.
Raja Abu Saed
I like to be one of the children who come to the center in
order to play with the international volunteers. It is lots of
fun. They teach us music. The camp is beautiful with the
internationals. I do like to help my mum at home but I also
like to come to the camp. I got sad when they announce that
the camp ends. I wish the camp to continue because we learn a
lot. I will miss my friends at the camp. I will miss Ursella
very much. I like her. I will miss the painting classes and
the sports matches. I liked the camp because it shows the
internationals that we like to live our lives as normal as
I like the camp because they train us in many skills. The
director of the center, Amjad is so kind with us, he offers us
whatever we want. He always teaches us tolerance. I like to be
in the center because I get bored at home. I like to help the
children in the center. I will miss Amjad at the end of the
camp. I liked the games, spots, arts, music, Dabka and
paintings. I like to play with my friends in the center
because we donít have space to play in the refugee camp
The international volunteers play with us at the center as
well as the local volunteers from the university. I like Ria,
Elina and Alesandro. I like them because they come from far
away to help us and to play with us. They do their best to
make us happy. They teach us new and interesting games. There
are games that we did not know before. We will be sad when
they will leave. I like the center more than my house, because
we only stay at home and my mum does not allow me to get out
in the afternoon. I wish I can meet the international
volunteers after the camp ends. I like Hester because she
taught me many new games. I like Elina who taught us painting.
She always helps me and gives me good ideas in paintings and
I like to come to the camp because they taught us many good
things. I like the international volunteers who were making
fun when we are depressed. They have their own way in making
fun. I like the center and its atmosphere. I will miss the
We spend our free time at the center. I like the international
volunteers because they like Palestine and its people. They
have a good point of view towards Palestine. They want it to
be free. They even want to come again next year. They cheer us
up. I like Elina the most, I consider her my friend. I like
the local volunteers who help us in translation. They want us
to be happy. They encourage me to like them even though they
are different. They are not selfish and do whatever makes us
happy. We are sad right now because the workcamp ends.
I devote much time here in the center because I enjoy being
here. I like the international volunteers because they want to
help us to be free. They offer us whatever we want. I like
Anahei, Jeniver and Naoumi. I feel that the international
volunteers would like to learn Arabic from us. They treat us
very well and they take photos of us. I pray for god not to
end the workcamp. I wish I can come once again next year in
order to learn music, painting, drama, Dabka and counseling.
The center helps us to have better communication and better
interaction with others.
I like the trips organized by the center. I like them because
the volunteers are so enthusiastic. They taught us football
and made fun and entertained us. I like Sindy. I like learning
painting and playing sports as well as playing in the garden.
I admire the efforts of the internationals who painted the
walls of the refugee camp. They painted nice pictures. I donít
like to see the camp ends. It is the only one in our refugee
The entertainment at the center attracted me. The painting is
fun. The international volunteers helped us improve our
talents and habits. I am working with my father as plumber,
but I also come to the center. Children were shy when they
first met the internationals. Then they became friends with
them. Cindy and Jeniver as well as Elina played with us a lot.
They are so sweet. I wish we have swimming pool at the center.
I also wish learn French and English. I also wish we can learn
computers. I am getting bored from staying at home. The TV is
boring. The center is always full of life and internationals.
I like the brave internationals like Sindy, who came to
Palestine to support us.
I liked Dabka the most as well as the theatre and the library.
The internationals treat us very well. I am very happy to have
some friends from Korea, Germany and Britain.
Majd Abu Hashyeh
At the center, we express ourselves and we change our
perspective towards life and people abroad. I thought that
people abroad donít care about us but I have changed my mind
right now, especially when I see the international volunteers
coming every summer to be with us. The camp encouraged me to
have better interaction with my friends and the rest children
of the refugee camp. The center does good work by unifying the
children with special needs with us. They feel better by
Taj Abu Ghosh
I like to get trained in the Dabka dance. I have nothing to do
at home, so I come over here to the center to enjoy my time. I
come to play and learn football and how to paint. It is so
nice to see the international volunteers interacting with us
and painting our walls with nice pictures.
15 years ( children with special needs)
I like playing with my instrument, the piano. I like to come
here every day. I like the international volunteers who have
become good friends of mine. The camp is more beautiful than
home, it makes me feel alive.
We learn a lot from the center and the international voluntary
workcamp. I do like Mania, Naomi and Lana because they teach
us and play with us. Lana always kisses me.
I like Jeniver because she is so cute and warm. I would like
to ask the organizers of the workcamp to organize it several
times a year. I like to be happy and thatís why I like the
internationals. I liked the counseling programme where I feel