About US

Aida Youth Center is located in Aida Refugee Camp, an area north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. It was founded in 1968 with the main purpose of serving the local community – especially its children and youth. Today it represents a recreational hub that aims to improve living conditions for camp residents.

Our mission is to empower the youth to take a leading and creative role to serve the local community. We believe in holding the utmost values of responsibility and transparency, and that with everyone’s participation we can make creative, positive changes.

Read the latest updates of our work on the blog

About Aida Camp

Aida Palestinian Refugee Camp

Aida Refugee Camp was established in 1950 on land UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) leased from the government of Jordan, with 1,200 residents. Today the number of refugees has increased to more than 5,500 people in an area less than 0,071 Sq Km.

The Camp is located between the municipalities of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Jerusalem, in Palestine. It is partially surrounded by the Israeli separation wall, Israeli military base and seven watchtowers and is near Har Homa and Gilo, two large Israeli settlements that are illegal under international law. These factors, along with the constant military presence and the Camp’s proximity to the main checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, have made the Camp endure daily threats and collective punishment.

The Israeli Security Forces (ISF) make incursions into Camp often, threatening and terrorizing children and physically hurting residents. They use excessive physical force regularly according to their agenda.

The Aida Camp residents are refugees from 35 different villages and towns. The Israeli

Militias occupied those villages and towns in 1948, which were located between Jerusalem and Hebron. After many massacres, they expelled the people and demolished their houses.

The refugees in Aida Camp are suffering from crucial issues: Israeli Force violations and excessive power against the residents, housing crises, poverty, high unemployment rate, insufficient infrastructure, water shortage, lack of recreational places, and the overcrowded area.

ART & CULTURE

We believe that Art is an individual unique space, for search, experimenting, and expression. We assume our responsibilities of creating a creative environment that surpass our reality restrictions.

Art and culture program in Aida center  embraces an extended variety group of participants( children, teenagers, and youth) from Aida and beit jebreen  Palestinian refugee camps, and provide them with the tools and experience to improve their cognitive  creativity.

Visual Art Studio

comics

Comics | is apart of our visual art studio that work with children from 9-12 year, to produce a comic stories, that they wrote, draw, and publish.
Children in comics improve their creative writing, painting, and design skills, in addition of express and explore theirselves.

THE KIDS MAKE A MOVIE

Kids cinema | is part of our visual art studio. Children from 10-13 year old practice filmmaking throw script writing, camera, editing, acting, directing, and screening their stories.

Protest

Protest is an art
Poster design and social movements
Coming Soon

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY

Visual Art Studio

Performance Art

AIDA MUSIC SCHOOL

 established in 2019, to be the first music school in the camp that embrace children and youth provide them with tools, practice, and knowledge. The school work with participants on many several levels of performance, analyzing, creation, and the relation between music and science, assuming our responsibilities to improve our society as a creative environment for knowledge and Progressive.

ACOUISTIC LAB

COMING SOON !!

“Acoustic Lab” is a musical Training, that designed for children and teenagers to explore the relationship between music, sounds around us, and science.

THEATER

COMING SOON

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Summer Camp 2018

The Aida Youth Center & The Walled Off Hotel Celebrate Successful Summer Camp for 150 Palestinian Refugee Children. The...

Right of Return

Many of the refugees living in Aida Camp today, and throughout the rest of the Palestinian territories and in...

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