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“Our house was totally destroyed during the conflict, and my family and I moved to an UNRWA collective center where we lived until they all closed in June 2015. In the collective center, I started working in various positions, as a handicraft teacher or as a cleaner for example. I was trying to give support and advice to the displaced. Living in the shelter was especially hard for women; they felt bored and anxious, and it was difficult for them to find privacy and a place to rest and be calm. I started to offer handicraft courses to give them a purpose and occupation to pass the time. When families started to move out of the collective center, I always felt happy and sad at the same time – happy because they would be able to gain their privacy back, but sad because over time, and in these difficult circumstances, we all became very close friends.” -Hekmat al-Faiomi, Women Committee Zaitoun Collective Center, Gaza, July 2015

“Our house was totally destroyed during the conflict, and my family and I moved to an UNRWA collective center where we lived until they all closed in June 2015. In the collective center, I started working in various positions, as a handicraft teacher or as a cleaner for example. I was trying to give support and advice to the displaced. Living in the shelter was especially hard for women; they felt bored and anxious, and it was difficult for them to find privacy and a place to rest and be calm. I started to offer handicraft courses to give them a purpose and occupation to pass the time. When families started to move out of the collective center, I always felt happy and sad at the same time – happy because they would be able to gain their privacy back, but sad because over time, and in these difficult circumstances, we all became very close friends.” -Hekmat al-Faiomi, Women Committee Zaitoun Collective Center, Gaza, July 2015