Asira Children’s Summer Camp 2015!

Summer camps in Palestine are a time when children gather together in an informal environment for a week or two during summer holidays.

This week more than 100 Asira’s children are enjoying such a camp, organized by Retaj. They are attending various workshops and learning by non-formal education methods – games, role plays, creative and sports workshops.

Official Asira summer camp's T-shirt by Retaj.

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Music Harvest Show in Nablus

On Saturday 25th April Retaj children gathered in Nablus to participate in a graduation show organized by Music Harvest, where they presented songs the children themselves have written and recorded.

All the songs created by children and teenagers at five cultural centres in Nablus can be found online here with free download available.

Palestine Lovers is a song by Retaj children:

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Asira TV Report No.2: Boycott Israeli products

16% of every Israeli product bought goes directly to support the occupation army which attacks Palestinians on a daily basis. Buying Israeli products means financially supporting the occupation.

The crew of Asira TV take to the village streets to find out whether local shops stock Israeli produce:

Asira TV reporters explaining to viewers why boycotting Israeli products is an act of resistance against the illegal occupation, and how to find out if a product is made in Israel.
Asira TV reporters explaining to viewers why boycotting Israeli products is an act of resistance against the illegal occupation, and how to find out if a product is made in Israel.

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Bubbling with the Wind

Having outsmarted the rain, children of Asira today were busy bubbling. Using home-made tools (dish-washing liquid, water, sugar, baking powder, glycerin, rope, and sticks) they created colorful flying soap bubbles… and a huge mess in the Retaj center. Lots of fun and beautiful childhood moments.

The playful activity was carefully documented by dedicated photojournalists and film-makers from the Asira Retaj Children Team. Here:
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First Report of Asira TV: Trucks in the village

لقد أمتلأت شوارع قرية عصيرة القبلية (جنوبي مدينة نابلس، فلسطين) بالشاحنات التي تحمل الحجارة لعدة أشهر، وخلقت المشاكل المرورية والتي تشكل خطرا على تلاميذ المدارس الذين، يميلون إلى اللعب في شوارع القرية التي تفتقر إلى المرافق المناسبة،. واستمرار تدفق الشاحنات من وإلى المحجر القريب أيضا يلوث الهواء ويسبب صعوبات في التنفس للمرضى وكبار السن، والأطفال.
هذا هو التقرير الأول للفيديو الذي أدلى به أبناء عصيرة الذين يحضرون ورش عمل الفيديو في مركز المجتمع المحلي ريتاج.
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The streets of Asira al-Qibliya village (south of Nablus, Palestine) have been filled with stone-carrying trucks for several months, creating traffic problems and posing danger to schoolchildren who, lacking proper amenities, tend to play in the street. The constant flow of trucks to and from the nearby quarry also pollutes the air and causes breathing difficulties for the sick, the elderly, and the children.

This is the first video report made by children of Asira who attend video workshops at the local community center Retaj.

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