Children & Youth
A Brighter Bethlehem, One Star at A Time
Children in Palestine
constitute over 50% of the population. They have increasingly become
children at risk.
In an environment of
increased violence, the project focuses on expressing the emotions,
fears, thoughts and visions of the young people. The ICB developed the
Bright Stars project with a creative, holistic approach and a large
variety of techniques to motivate and stretch the children’s
imaginations and possibilities.
Children gather in
different art, music, sports, communication and environmental clubs
according to their talents and gifts. The children are encouraged to
develop these gifts and talents. Our hope is that, during the process,
they discover themselves as Bright Stars in art, music, sports,
communication and environment.
in this program are between the ages of 6-16. They are Christians and
Muslims, girls and boys. They come from different parts of the
Bethlehem District, including Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, the refugee
camps and outlying villages. Our goal is to reach 2000 children by the
The Bright Stars Program for Children at the International Center of
Bethlehem aims at:
children’s artistic, creative, aesthetic, and physical potential
Introducing the children to self-based learning, which enables them
to discover their creative strengths, talents, and interests.
children to express their thoughts and feelings in various
Showing the children different alternatives that they have when
planning their future professional lives.
children's self-confidence by acknowledging their work.
Contributing to the individual development of each child.
“Our aim is that our children, who
admire stars, will dare to look up, to dream, to have goals to strive
for, to work out their traumas and develop a new sense of community,
beauty, and faith”
- Rev. Dr. Mitri