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IBBY Children in Crisis Fund

Following on the success of IBBY’s Tsunami Appeal and the IBBY-Yamada Fund that supports our current project programme, the Executive Committee decided to create a programme called the IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis.

The purpose of this fund is to provide support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster. The two main activities that will be supported by the Fund are the therapeutic use of books and storytelling in the form of bibliotherapy, and the creation or replacement of collections of selected books that are appropriate to the situation. We hope the programme will not only provide immediate support and help, but that it will also make a long term impact in the communities, thus supporting IBBY’s goal of giving every child the Right to Become a Reader.

Based on predetermined criteria IBBY will select the communities where the projects will be funded. The basic criteria will include:

•the existence of a short or long term situation of crisis in the lives of the children of the community;
•the availability of a strong, capable IBBY section either in the affected or a neighbouring country and/or the presence of a capable IBBY partner;
•the strength of the project and its possible short and long term impact in fulfilling IBBY’s goals;
•the availability of money.

Children in Crisis in Palestine


Articles in this section

Eid al-Fiter Celebration (Children in Crisis)

Thursday 8 September 2022
𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗕𝗕𝗬’𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲d 𝗘𝗶𝗱-𝗮𝗹-𝗙𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗻𝘀 Clowns offered some laughs and relief to children of our Libraries in Biet Hanoun and al-Shawka. They are filled with joy this year on Eid al-Fitr as they were unable to celebrate the past two years to COVID-19 pandemic and Israel’s aggression, which (...)

Writing Sessions (Children in Crisis)

Thursday 8 September 2022
We encourage children to write about their feelings and aspirations. We do constant writing activities, where children can express themselves freely without being afraid of being judged or bullied. Here is one of the children’s (...)

𝗣𝗕𝗕𝗬’𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗭𝗢𝗢! (Children in Crisis)

Thursday 8 September 2022
Nothing excites children like watching animals at a zoo. Children of al-Attaa Library celebrated Eid al-Adha with a trip to al-Namaa Zoo, one of the few zoos in the Gaza Strip. Such a trip was a much-needed experience for those who have rarely seen a live animal before, apart from being a (...)

A Fresh Look for Our Libraries (Children in Crisis)

Thursday 8 September 2022
PBBY modernized and refurbished al-Shawka and al-Ataa libraries with the necessary equipment and furniture. The artist Sami al-Salmi brought joy to it with beautiful drawings and adding on the entrance, a painting by the artist Mohammed Amous for our book “When the Golden Fish Stopped Dancing" (...)


Wednesday 7 September 2022
Children in IBBY Palestine libraries have received a number of valuable new books, with a generous donation, 3000 books, from Book Aid International. The moment they were presented, children quickly started reading the books, looking at their magnificent illustrations and borrowing many of (...)

Creative Writing Training (Reports)

Wednesday 10 November 2021 by Rania
Creative Writing Training The International Board on Books for Young People – Children in Crisis Introduction PBBY made a training session in creative writing with distributing the novel ‘Diamond’ to the children by the writer Hani el Salimi who made the training. The training was done in Al (...)

Covid-19 in Gaza IBBY & Friends Respond to Gaza Children’s Pain and Needs (Reports)

Thursday 5 August 2021 by Rania
Three days ago we had the alarming news that Gaza Hospitals Occupancy has Reached 100% with the surge of Coronavirus Cases. This reflected a very dangerous situation in the Israeli besieged Gaza. There were closures in the spring, but then the Covid -19 was contained through the quarantining (...)

Children Writings #2 Sad Return to School (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Thursday 5 August 2021 by Rania
I wish siege on Gaza is lifted & the crisis of UNRWA solved Hala Abed 10 years How I wished the school would start because for me, it is the place of love, happiness and fun, where we meet new friends. But because of the economic situation of the Palestinian people, the bad situation of (...)

Covid-19 Drawings (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Thursday 5 August 2021 by Rania
Children expressing their feelings towards Covid-19 in drawings.

Parents Encourage Their Children to Continue Reading and Drawing (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 12 April 2021 by Rania
During the lockdown parents are engaged with their young children of Al Sikka library to read and draw...

More Children Activities in the Library (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 12 April 2021 by Rania
Children of different ages being creative in the library.

Exercises after returning to the library (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 12 April 2021 by Rania
Fun activities for children upon their return to the library.

A Report on the Return to Al-Sikka Library (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 12 April 2021 by Rania
When the children returned to the library, positive energy and liveliness returned to the place. With excitement, joy, and desire to benefit from reading books and the getting knowledge. and culture, from story reading, playing, having fun and entertainment. Children returned to the library (...)

Return to School after the Closure (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 15 March 2021 by Rania
August 2020 How Lovely to go Back to School Shahd Shloolla 13 years The school year is very nice in spite the difficult beginning like, the high temperature and not preparing the schools properly to receive the children... Also, the mathematics class which I love, and I love the (...)

Children Writings # 1 (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 15 March 2021 by Rania
Children writing about their lives and feelings, as they have to face the Corona, the siege of Gaza and extreme poverty! Nagham Abdel al Al 13 years old We miss the black board upon which we write the lines of our dreams This pandemic hit us and turned the world upside down and changed so (...)

Children Writings # 3 (Children in Covid-19 Times)

Monday 15 March 2021 by Rania
This was published on the IBBY website under the IBBY Palestine National section page https://www.ibby.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Our_children_and_the_Covid__3_.pdf I now Play with my Father Noor 13 years My dear father I write to you to tell you that I felt your presence more and this is (...)

IBBY Children in Crisis Fund (Reports)

Thursday 25 February 2021 by Rania
Project Submitted by Palestinian Board on Books for Young People / PBBY Contact Persons: Jehan Helou - President Mary Fasheh - Vice president IBBY Children in Crisis Fund PBBY Project The IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis exists to use books, reading and story (...)

Children in Crisis in a World in Crisis! Report: IBBY Palestine (October 2019 March 2020) (Reports)

Tuesday 23 February 2021 by Rania
When your hope seems out of sight Keep the candle burning All it takes is one steady heart in a world that’s turning Shine a light and pierce the dark Keep the candle burning Keep the candle burning * Source: LyricFind Smile, be optimistic! Introduction/ Current Situation We will not (...)

Recreation and Learning Day - Love of Books & Life! (Children in Crisis)

Wednesday 18 November 2015
This distinguished activity is an important psycho-social tool to reduce the great stress and sufferings of Palestinian children in occupied and besieged Gaza still traumatized by the Israeli aggression on Gaza. It was a day that gathers the children in an open relaxing place where we (...)

Solidarity Appeal with Palestinian Children & People (Children in Crisis)

Friday 23 October 2015
A new generation of Palestinian spontaneous rebellion! Palestinians have never surrendered to occupation. Today, the young generation of Palestinians ‘is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism (...)

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