The Voice team accompanied Oxfam’s Host Community team last Thursday to an activity organized for Syrian refugee children residing with their families in informal settlements in Jawa; near Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. The goal of the activity was to raise the children’s awareness about the importance of washing their hands and attending to their personal hygiene. The children joined the activities enthusiastically and recited a song about hand washing that Oxfam had created.
Oxfam arranged for the activity with the children’s parents a day before the event by communicating with the leaders of each group of children as focal points between them and Oxfam. On the day of the event, the children were divided into 4 groups, each containing 20 boys and girls. The groups then proceeded to learn the song about hand washing and sing it. After that, the children put on plays that they had worked on themselves to raise awareness about the dangers of germs and the importance of hand washing to health and hygiene. Then all the children washed their hands according to the way they were taught, and Oxfam’s team stressed to them the importance of sharing all this information with other children in their community. At the end of the day, goody bags were distributed to all the children, containing a copy book, a pencil, and coloring pens. In addition to that, the bags contained a bar of soap each to encourage the children to be responsible about their personal hygiene without having to depend on their parents.