Masar: A youth Initiative for the War Children of Gaza

A fourteen year old child in Gaza saw 4 wars so far and psychological impact does not merely wash away. Most parents do not know when their children need help, or where to find it.

Masar is a youth initiative that completes the work of support organizations on the ground by letting parents know signs their children need help, and where they can find it. It has three objectives:

  1. Help parents see signs their children need help, raising awareness regarding best concepts and best practices in times of crises.
  2. Connect parents with organizations and support infrastructure on the ground.
  3. Raise awareness regarding the basics of psychological well-being and of the basics of parents-children communications, especially through and after traumatic events. Encouraging parents to seek help and reducing the psychological stigma of post-traumatic stress.

The online initiative makes trusted information narratable and relevant to people, turning books and materials produced by trusted psychological health organizations to narrations people in Gaza connect with. 

The initiative uses online videos to share tips on how to interact with your child during a traumatic event. How to better understand and support the children during various growth stages, signs they need help and where to find it. Using advertised videos on Facebook and Instagram, the initiative raises the awareness of hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers in Gaza.

Below are some of the videos that were used, according to each age segment. Links to dozens of psychological, child support organizations in Gaza were added to each video.

For children aged 2-7. How should we interact with them during a crisis? What are the signs they need help? Where can we seek it?


For children aged 12-18. How should we interact with them during a crisis? What are the signs they need help? Where can we seek it?


Important ideas about traumatic stress that most people don’t know about.

For children aged 0-2. How should we interact with them during a crisis? What are the signs they need help? Where can we seek it?


For children aged 2-7. How should we interact with them during a crisis? What are the signs they need help? Where can we seek it?


One of the most experienced trauma experts speaks about its impact on our bodies. (translated).

Thank you to all who contributed. To Yazan Mized, Alex King, Yasmeen Nasser, and to Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center. You light the way ahead for many young people.