And how that gesture was appreciated! They were so thankful to Kids4Peace and the opportunities as parents to connect, not just with their children. This feels like a sign of true success to hear this much positive feedback from the parents.
As they walked into the room, with phones in hand the parents began to look at the photos on their phones and identify each other’s children. This brought so much joy into the room….as they laughed over the pictures….and weren’t just looking for THEIR child, but knew the other children’s faces and names! This is clearly connected to the fact that our pilot program gave them the chance over the last many months at the America House as parents to also feel the sense of community.
There clearly was a feeling of familiarity in the room. Not just between the parents in each camp, but also between the camps since they have been seeing each other over the past many months. It turns out that the parents have remained in constant touch with each other via a group on Whatsapp knowing that they are distant from their kids, but still wanting to be in contact with each other to share the experience.