Will you be a peacemaker by supporting Christmas Aid – our Christmas Appeal to help bring peace to people affected by conflict worldwide?
Violence destroys lives and tears families apart. But while peace is broken every day, it’s also built – by strong people working to heal their communities. These frontline peacemakers include Diana and Hamza in Lebanon, who help child survivors of conflict come to terms with their traumatic experiences.
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Diana (pictured, top) works with young Palestinian refugees in Nahr al-Bared camp, in a children's centre run by our partner Association Najdeh. The centre is a safe haven where children can recover from the impact of violence and conflict.
Wessam struggled with behavioural and mental health problems when he first arrived. But after having psychotherapy, and taking part in other activities, he’s now getting better. ‘I like everything about the centre. Here, I’m not upset – I’m happy,’ he says.
A safe place to play
‘We give the children a place where they can find peace – working with them, their parents and their whole environment,’ says Diana.
But resources are stretched and the centre needs more funding to support the many children who need help.
‘We need more psychologists,' says Diana. ‘We need a playground for the children, so that they can play safely. We also need educational materials and games.'
Hamza received support at the centre and now volunteers helping other children. 'When I see someone crying, I tell them not to cry – I tell them to stay strong,' he says.
Hamza’s family was ripped apart by the conflict in Syria. They were forced to flee their home in a refugee camp for Palestinians when fighting made it too dangerous to remain.
He misses his six brothers and sisters, who are now displaced across several countries.
Hamza says the centre has helped him a lot. 'It makes me happy,' he says.
Hamza and Diana are helping children who have been through so much – but they need your support.
Peace is possible this Christmas
Will you give a gift and stand with peacemakers like Hamza and Diana?
Peace is not losing a friend and not making my mummy sad’
What is Christmas Aid?
Christmas Aid is our Christmas charity appeal. This year's theme is 'Be a peacemaker'. By supporting Christmas Aid, you can stand together with those on the frontline of peacemaking, bringing healing, wholeness and hope to people affected by conflict.