Funding: Impact Lebanon
Collaborators: Nusaned; AUB Neighbourhood Initiative; Zayraqoun collective; Circus hub; The Chain Effect; One Hand Puppet; Clown Me In; Assabil; Directorate General of Antiquities
Kan Ya Makan is a child-led program we developed in response to the 4th of August Beirut Blast. It sought to address children’s needs by engaging them in a series of activities that explored their relationship with one another and with the environment around them.
The program aimed to engage children in a creative journey of storytelling, arts, play, and spatial interventions. The program unfolded with children reflecting on their personal and collective experiences of space. The stories that emerged throughout this process allowed them to express themselves and form new relationships with their community and environment. Through conceptual exploration and practical implementation, children were invited to become active agents in shaping the world within and around them.
We have witnessed the impact that this work has had on the children. We saw children grow more confident in their ability to express and collaborate. We observed their interpersonal play dynamics transform, with less violence and more tools to cope with conflict.
Many conflicts between nationalities have been resolved, as we consistently worked on creating an inclusive space of accepting and caring for one another. Additionally the children’s relationship to space has improved, so has their understanding of the natural world. They achieved this by learning tools that allow them to pursue the change they want to see in their environment.
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