How Personal Care Kits Spark Creativity in Palestinian Youth

Halima Khalil Al Hajj Moussa, a 17-year-old Palestinian refugee living in Ein El Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon, proudly displays her handiwork after embroidering a towel from an LWR Personal Care Kit.

Halima Khalil Al Hajj Moussa (pictured above) is a 17-year-old Palestinian refugee, living in Ein El Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. As a result of violence in Palestine, Halima is one of many young refugee girls displaced by instability in her homeland.

Throughout Lebanon, refugees have settled in a variety of housing types, ranging from rented apartments to informal settlements to refugee camps like Ein El Hilweh. Living sometimes 20 or more people to a room in dark, cramped spaces without heat or air conditioning, the refugees worry most about paying rent and providing meals for their families.

Through the generosity of quilters and kit-makers, LWR was able to partner with American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to distribute Personal Care Kits to refugees living in Lebanon.

The contents of the Kits allowed many girls to have a few items of their own in the midst of difficult circumstances. “During … hygiene promotion sessions at our center, we noticed that many young girls don’t have access to personal hygiene items and share towels with their family members,” said Almaza Al Chaaraoui, head of Women’s Program Center in Ein El Hilweh camp.

But beyond receiving these hygiene items, girls were able to use towels from the Personal Care Kits in embroidery training sessions to express their creativity. “We came up with the idea of embroidering the towels [in the Personal Care Kits] so the girls could personalize their towels and learn a new skill at the same time,” said Almaza.

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Your gifts of Personal Care Kits not only provided needed hygiene supplies to refugees, but allowed these girls a chance to see the beauty that can be created by their own hands.

Sixteen-year-old Hiba couldn’t believe how lovely the decorated towels turned out, as she held her Personal Care Kit in one hand and needles and pins in the other. “Embroidery is part of our heritage and I believe we have a duty to preserve it,” she smiled with pride. “Having a personal towel with a Palestinian pattern is a constant reminder of who I am and where I come from.”

With the same care that you pack Personal Care Kits, these young women learned to stitch beautiful designs with care into their newly received towels. Thank you to all of the congregations who work so hard to extend these gifts of love to people like Hiba and Halima!