Hadassah

Hospitalized Children Paint Stones for Peace: A US ASHA Photo Winner

Friday, Apr 8 2016

The winning photographer alongside the stones painted by the children at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus.

Stones have long been instruments of conflict in Jerusalem, where Hadassah’s Mount Scopus Hospital is located. But Hadassah conceived of a new use for stones with its Stones for Peace Project.

The pediatric staff asked the children in the hospital school to paint stones to express their belief in peace. A photograph of a young child holding her “stone of peace” was chosen as one of five winners in a photo contest, sponsored by USAID-ASHA (United States Agency for International Development-American Schools and Hospitals Abroad).

When conflict outside the Hadassah Hospital campus escalated, Hadassah launched this project to empower children to choose peaceful means of resolving conflicts. Part of the children’s educational curriculum is a unit on conflict resolution. Painting the stones was a natural outgrowth.  After the stones are painted to the satisfaction of the little artists, they are transferred to the fountain in the Healing Garden, just outside the Center for Children with Chronic Diseases.

Long-term patient Mohammed Abdeen, age 18, whose recent photo exhibit was displayed at Hadassah-Mount Scopus, took the winning photo. The photo was put on display at the USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

USAID’s ASHA office provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States which serve as a demonstration of American ideals and practices. ASHA grants an average of one million dollars each year to Hadassah. The aim of its annual photo contest is to “to tell the story, through photographs, of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) mission and the accomplishments of its partners in improving healthcare and education worldwide.”

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Friday, Jan 13 2017

Peace in Sight: An Israeli, Palestinian, and Hadassah Australia Collaboration

St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, in collaboration with Hadassah Medical Center, has received a €500,000 grant from the European Union to establish a genetic research unit to serve the Palestinian communities.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, Jan 13 2017

Saving Children in the Nick of Time at Hadassah

When a four-year-old, blue and critically ill, was rushed into the pediatric emergency room at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, Dr. David Rekhtman, head of the ER, and his team deciphered that the child had somehow consumed methadone.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, Jan 13 2017

A Second Chance at Life, Thanks to Hadassah’s Heart Institute

A resident of a rural settlement called Dishon, established by Libyan Jewish immigrants in 1953, Eyal Amar, age 47, was rather young to suffer a devastating heart attack. Nevertheless, he did, but thanks to the courage and skill of the specialists at the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Heart Institute and their complex protocol to redesign his heavily damaged heart, Eyal is able to walk and breathe again.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Jan 10 2017

From Locked Jaw to Osteoarthritis: Hadassah Discovery Leads to New Treatment

What began as a solution to locked jaw--temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder--has led to the creation of a novel non-opioid pharmaceutical candidate for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain, thanks to a Hadassah Medical Organization discovery and collaboration with colleagues at the Hebrew University and the Technion.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More