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■The Japanese delegation visited “House of Hope” (2012/02/28)

On February 5 2012, the Japanese delegation composed of some members of House of Councillors visited “House of Hope,” a youth center operated by KnK in partnership with VACA, a local NGO, as part of ODA monitor. On that day, we offered non-formal education classes including English, Arabic, music, handcrafts, traditional dance, etc.

First, we showed those activities to the delegation. The delegates were eagerly looking into children’s notebooks and trying to communicate with them. Children seemed a little nervous at first but turned to be more relaxed and smiling with the visitors. The delegates were obviously very interested in our project, as seen in the fact that they took many pictures of those activities and asked many questions to the local staff on the spot. We believe that they were satisfied to see ODA was provided in an effective and useful way.
After the ODA monitor, a meeting was organized at the center for the delegates to exchange their views with expatriates of some Japanese NGOs in Palestine. The delegates not only asked many questions but also eagerly listened to the NGO staff about their opinions and requests to the Japanese Government with regard to implementing assistance activities in Palestine. Their visit also seems to have stimulated the local staff’s motivation for their work.

It has been more than two months since “House of Hope” opened and more than 200 children are registered by now. Their laughter, shout, singing, the sound of dance steps and beautiful musical instruments are mixed and echoed in the center, which blows away the winter cold. Your kind support is indispensable for operating our center for a long term aiming at sound growth of these children.
Reported by Sawa Iwakuni (Project Administrator)
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