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Friday, October 28, 2016
Mother's Day in Jericho
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¬†Caritas Jerusalem celebrated Mother's Day with members of our Ramallah Elderly Day Care Centre on an outing to Jericho recently. We took members from our elderly day care centre in Ramallah to Jericho for the day. The Ramallah Elderly Day Care Centre has been reaching out to the elderly in the Ramallah region since 1990. Each year, a key part of our program involves celebrating special days with outings to help our elderly citizens enjoy the day in a relaxed environment. The event was made possible by the support of Caritas Alicante from Spain. This year we celebrated Mother's Day with 30 members of our elderly Centre, five of the Centre staff and six youth volunteers from the Ramallah region village of Jifna. This group of youth volunteers is one of 11 groups of some 140 young people who participate in Caritas Jerusalem's Youth Volunteers program. These youth volunteer give their time to undertake community betterment actions on a voluntary basis. These young people joined this excursion to make the time for the elderly more enjoyable and to help out. Special days like this help give needed chances for lonely elderly citizens to share a time of togetherness and joy in the Holy Land where the news always seems to be so sad. The trip began with a bus ride from Ramallah to Jericho starting at 8.30am. During the trip, everyone sang songs and read poems. All in attendance looked forward to a carefree day of fun and enjoyment in Jericho. Upon arriving in Jericho, the group was welcomed at the Latin Convent. Fr Hijazin, the Parish Priest of Jericho, greeted the elderly, the volunteers and the members of the Caritas Jerusalem team and informed the community of the presence of these special guests. He also gave a special blessing to the elderly who were present. Following Mass, all of the elderly and those present from the local community were invited to coffee by Fr Hijazin. Then, the group proceeded to the Banana Garden. It has shops, a green grass picnic and barbecue area and a swimming pool for kids. At the Banana Garden, the elderly joined with the youth volunteers playing games and listening to music. One of the young people brought a drum to play and the group listened to Oud music and danced together. A favorite game played by the elderly is backgammon, which in Arabic is called sheshbesh Nothing like a good game of backgammon to generate an appetite. After some recreation, it was time for lunch, which was made up of traditional Palestinian barbecue meat, kifta kebab, lamb and chicken with fresh salad and humus added as well. Everyone pitched into prepare the barbecue and cook. This day is one of many that we at Caritas Jerusalem undertake to help our elderly citizens remember that in the midst of very hard circumstances that many face, we are here to do our best to help them remember that they are loved and not forgotten. For more information about how you can be involved in the work of our Social Service Department, please contact us: Caritas Jerusalem ≠ Communications Dept. POBox 20894 - Jerusalem Ph: 972 2 628 7574 x. 103
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