The children who participated in the camp come from Sderot, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva or Rahat

This summer, more than a hundred children aged six to 16 from communities bordering the Gaza Strip in southern Israel attended a summer camp run by the Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terrorism.

The Fund was set up to help victims of violence, including those who suffer from deep trauma and anxiety associated with frequent exposure to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards their communities.

The children who participated in the camp came from Sderot, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva or Rahat.

Enjoying a variety of activities, the kids had fun at the swimming pool, visited the safari park and an amusement park, and took part in an activity organized by the NATAL Association for Youth. The latter activity, thanks to the support of the Max and Marian Charitable Foundation, aims to ease tensions through theatrical improvisation. 

"For these children who face a complex reality, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress, the camp is designed to facilitate their mental coping mechanisms and to strengthen their resilience," said Ayelet Nahmias Verbin, a former member of parliament and President of the Jewish Agency for Victims of Terrorism Fund

“The support of the global Jewish community, through the Terrorism Victims Fund, reminds residents of Israeli communities near Gaza that they are not alone,” she said.

The initiative was supported by generous donations from the global Jewish community - including the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), Keren Hayesod, the Genesis Philanthropy Group and donors from the Jewish world, in cooperation with the Regional Council Sha'ar Hanegev.

Throughout the year, the Terrorism Victims Fund seeks to ease the emotional and material burden on victims by providing financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis.