With few recreational facilities and no school, the summer months can be a frustrating time for Gaza’s youth. In an effort to alleviate this, the United Nations R" /> With few recreational facilities and no school, the summer months can be a frustrating time for Gaza’s youth. In an effort to alleviate this, the United Nations R" />

Hope and Optimism
for Palestinians in
the Next Generation

UNRWA Summer Games
Gaza, Occupied Palestine
With few recreational facilities and no school, the summer months can be a frustrating time for Gaza’s youth. In an effort to alleviate this, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) started the Summer Games in 2007, providing educational and entertaining activities for almost 200,000 children for over 10 weeks. This year, Hoping sponsored excursions to Gaza’s first archaeological museum to 4,250 children, as part of the Summer Games, giving them an opportunity to learn, often for the first time ever, about Gaza’s cultural past. The museum, opened this summer, houses archaeological finds that show the diversity of Gaza’s history and the multitude of ancient peoples that have both passed through and lived in the area. Recognising the importance of teaching children about Palestine’s cultural heritage, the Hoping Foundation has sponsored transport costs, entry to the museum, a guided tour and lunch for the children.

Hoping was delighted to arrange and sponsor a trip to Gaza of legendary Liverpool and England footballer, John Barnes, as special guest at the closing festivities of UNRWA’s Summer Games. John and his son Jamie joined 11,000 children in the Gaza Stadium for the closing festivities, visited the Museum and took part in dabke dances and other activities with the children of Gaza.