Yesterday, Lajee's Community Health Workers, musicians and international volunteers paid a visit to Beit Jala Hospital to spread some smiles and positivity to the children undergoing treatment there.
First, they went to the Huda Al Masri Children's Cancer Unit, where only 5 people were allowed into the ward at a time due to the high immune sensitivity of the children there. Al Huda cancer unit is the first and only public cancer department for children in Palestine. Our musicians played beautiful traditional palestinian songs to uplift their spirits.
Children all the way from Gaza travel to Beit Jala Hospital to receive the necessary treatment. Sometimes, only the child is granted a permit to exit Gaza and come to Bethlehem for the treatment. This means that they come and have to cope with the cancer treatment without the support and comfort of their parents.
Some volunteers painted the faces of the children, others dressed up as clowns and performed some circus tricks in the hopes of making the children laugh.
Finally, the Community Health Workers distributed snacks and gifts to the children before they left the hospital.
While it is a simple and small gesture, the Community Health Workers hope that their visit gave the children, support and a little boost of energy and motivation to keep strong in thier recovery. The manager of the children's ward, Dr Mohammed Najajreh urged the Community Health Unit of Lajee to return to the hospital soon to carry out more activities with the children as he found it very beneficial. As a community, Lajee hopes to carry out more of such activities to make life a little easier, and joyful for others.