Children Without Borders Balloons into New Cities

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The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land seeking to help provide a safe environment for the young children in the Holy Land announces the expansion of the Children Without Borders program.

Organized sports bring unity to these children

At certain moments in our lives and in the middle of the road, we need others to stand by us, give us support.

Children without Borders, funded and sponsored by the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land has two new cities where the services of this wonderful organization are being offered to more young boys and girls.

Beit Sahour and Ramallah welcomed more than 150 children along with six more coaches and teachers. Beit Jala brought in 90 and Beit Sahour registered 70 boys and girls. "There is a very high demand from families to let their children join CWB programs which validates the necessity and the benefits for a program such as this," says Fr. Peter Vasko, President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.

The program targets children in the Holy Land whose families are affected by difficult living conditions, drug and alcohol addictions, dysfunctional family relationships and lack of space and cultural facilities.

Children Without Borders provides a safe and educational environment for children after school. It also provides the opportunity for these children to discover the talent given to them by God.

Children with special needs are included and are doing very well both educationally and activity wise.

A new program was recently launched for young girls entitled “the Folkloric Dance Dabkeh” group and they are already competing on the national level.

The cost of each child per year is $500.00 which the Custos, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, has asked the Foundation to fund for each of these children.

“I believe that inside each of us, a child most innocently resides. At certain moments in our lives and in the middle of the road, we need others to stand by us, give us support, and even lift us with a sense of a sheltered embrace. Simultaneously, in order to expose our children to the humane significance of peace, benevolence, co-existence, and cooperation, each should take an inner journey that seeks to find the desolate child residing inside – that child who enjoys a fraternity that is free of barriers, an existence free of offense, and a survival free of self-centeredness. By doing so, we will eventually break down all borders that veil the hero child who vigorously inhibits our souls, and thus give pace in the future for Children with Borders to become men without Borders,” says Fr. Ibrahim Faltas, OFM Director of Children without Borders in Bethlehem.

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