SMILING FACES SUMMER CAMP has been a PHF priority since 2004. It provides recreational, cultural and health program for more than 400 at-risk children from families with unemployed parents, separated parents, or whose fathers are political prisoners. It gives these children a taste of childhood summer pleasures to counteract the war-like environment in which they live, while it seeks to prevent delinquency and create leadership skills.

Smiling Faces Camp activities include traditional crafts, learning the “Debka” – the Palestinian folk dance – singing, acting, sports, and excursions outside the city so that campers can get to know their country.

Smiling Faces Camp is staffed by youth volunteers as well as by professional camp counselors and social workers.

PHF Director Mohammed Sawalha sits with campers at one of PHF's Smiling Faces Summer Camps during summer 2015.

PHF Director Mohammed Sawalha sits with campers at one of PHF’s Smiling Faces Summer Camps during summer 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A group of campers practice their dabkeh routine (Palestinian traditional dance) that they presented in front of family and friends at the end of the August 2015 Smiling Faces Summer Camp. (Photo by Katie Conlon)

A group of campers practice their debka routine (Palestinian traditional dance) that they presented in front of family and friends at the end of the August 2015 Smiling Faces Summer Camp. (Photo by Katie Conlon)