On this episode of Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel, we interview Ayman Nijim, a Palestinian educator, child welfare activist and therapist. He is currently the program coordinator of the Alfaq Jadeeda Association (New Horizons) in Gaza, where he and his colleagues provide a special program of collective therapy—through song, dance, writing, art, drama and recreational activities—to Gaza’s children, many of whom have been traumatized by war, siege, hunger, denial of medical care, drone attacks, home demolitions and the ever-present oppression and violence of the Israeli military. The program is called “Let the Children Play and Heal.” In concert with other organizations, Ayman also helps manage classes for Palestinian mothers struggling to help their traumatized children and families. Alfaq Jadeeda also provides water purification systems, in coordination with the Middle East Children’s Alliance, to Gazan schools. Better than 90% of Gaza’s water is not potable. Ayman’s work and that of Alfaq Jadeeda is tremendously difficult, but it is also deeply inspiring and an expression of Palestinian steadfastness and communal resilience. You can learn more about Alfaq Jadeeda and how to support its programs at afaqjadeda.org.