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■ Volunteer work for Cancer Patients (2010/04/27)

Since KnK started working in Marka one and a half years ago, a group of youths aged over 14 years old, called Peer Educators (PEs), have been trained to acquire responsibility and leadership skills through teamwork among peers. Today, twelve Iraqi and Jordanian girls, who participate in the program, visited King Hussein Cancer Center to have an interaction with younger patients. The reason of making this visit unique and differential from other activities is that today was the first volunteer work in local communities, planned and organized by peer educators. More than a hundred children and families, including young cancer patients, had been waiting for our arrival. At first, peer educators were nervous and overwhelmed by the atmosphere of the center. However, as soon as the curtain was open, MC girls started talking with enough confidence to speak in front of many people.

Busy for preparation.
Shooting starts!
MC explaining KnK and PEs Program.

Next was a short story of a camel, an elephant, and a sheep.

One day they had a run to the top of a mountain. The camel’s leg was injured, so he couldn’t walk very fast. The elephant and sheep were therefore leading and the camel was left behind. At the end, however, the sheep fall off from the mountain and the elephant could not reach the top. Then finally, the camel became the first to reach the top.

Through this story, the peer educators wanted to convey the message for younger patients; a disease does not always make a person loser and it is important to keep developing hope for the future. Next, two clowns came on the stage. This idea of acting a clown was also initiated by peer educators. Their funny faces and actions made the children smiling. They also played games, singing songs, and playing a quiz. During the quiz, peer educators were careful about giving everybody a fair chance to participate. For the children with physical difficulties to move, they came to each child to help her/him participate. Without asked, peer educators were able to give voluntarily a hand for a person who needs it.

Letting a camel play the main role shows their love to the camel.

Children enjoying a quiz competition.

Checking their fair participation during games.

The patients were enjoying their interaction with peer educators. For peer educators also, this visit meant a lot in the sense of learning from the actual setting in local communities.

Do we look good, don’t we?

Here are the voices from peer educators;

A human being is not in his sickness but in his heart. Those children are patients, handling the exhaustion which they face in their life. I and my peers tried to let them realize that hope is important for a human being, without hope there is no life. I hope this message could reach them.
(14 years old/ Jordanian)

I was so scared on the way to the centre to meet children, affected with undesired disease. As soon as I saw their eyes with full of joy and happiness at our arrival, I started to play and laugh with them. In the happy moment, the children showed their happiness and talents of playing a quiz and singing a song. I wish for everybody not to stay away from those innocent children and to help them show a beautiful smile. (19 years old/ Iraqi)

This visit showed the positive change of peer educators, revealing their achievement through the trainings in the PE Program. In the beginning of the Program, they were not ready to initiate any activity like this by themselves. Through the trainings, they have learnt how to work as a team with peers and how to fulfill their leadership. KnK would like to thank the kind support from King Hussein Canter Center to give us such a special occasion.

Project Coordinator Koko Kato
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