Healing Children's Invisible Wounds

February 2011

Dear friend,

Two years ago, just days after Israel’s horrific assault on the Palestinian people in Gaza, I entered the Gaza Strip to bring in several tons of medical supplies and equipment.

I saw the terrible devastation and heard so many heartbreaking stories.

The thing that sticks in my mind the most is the look on the children’s faces—as they sat by their destroyed homes, or sifted through rubble in the hope of finding a cherished toy, or clung to an adult or an older child. Their faces were completely blank.

What I saw in the children’s faces was the look of deep trauma.

That’s why, two years ago, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, with your support, helped launch “Let the Children Play and Heal,” a community mental health program that has reached tens of thousands of children cope with the emotional aftermath of the attacks.

And that’s why I’m writing you today.

With your support again now, MECA will begin one year of support for this critical program that will reach more than 100,000 children through:

• Art, music, dance, drama, creative writing and sports activities that enable children to cope with painful memories and express their fears
• Child psychologists visiting schools and community centers, referrals for psychotherapy, and ongoing links between school social workers and a psychologist
• Trainings for hundreds of mothers and teachers to help children suffering from trauma.

I hope you feel, as I do, that we must do whatever we can to help the children of Gaza heal from their invisible wounds – their terror, their anger, and their deep and prolonged sadness—and ongoing violence, fear and deprivation.

I hope you’ll join me, once again, to “Let the Children Play and Heal”.

With many thanks,

Barbara Lubin
Founder and Director