Gaza, a 25-mile sliver of land between Israel and Egypt, is regularly referred to by its own inhabitants as “the world’s largest open-air prison.” One of the most densely populated places on our planet, Gaza frequently experiences unpredictable land, air and sea attacks and is subject to violent political and clan schisms. The entire population of 1.8 million has witnessed and/or been affected by violence. Unemployment and poverty levels are soaring. Access to basic needs such as water, sanitation, power, food sources and adequate health care are extremely limited and unreliable.
CMBM’s program in Gaza is one of the world’s largest, most effective and most culturally acceptable programs of healing population-wide psychological trauma. CMBM is the only program working with both Palestinians and Israelis throughout ongoing conflict. Since 2005, CMBM has trained 600 Palestinian clinicians, educators and community leaders in its model of psychological self-care and group support. These trainees have brought the CMBM approach to more than 150,000 children and adults. Some 40,000 people have participated in 10-week Mind-Body Skills Groups. CMBM works closely with the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Welfare; The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); and an additional 200 international and local NGOs.
Our program in Gaza has become the world’s largest, most comprehensive, and most effective for healing population-wide trauma. Each week, there are thousands of men, women and children who gather together in groups to practice CMBM’s mind-body skills. They are regaining a sense of calm in the midst of chaos, and transforming their despair into hope.
Interviews and Our Work
PCRF & CMBM Childrens Summer Camp in Gaza
Finding Hope in the Face of Another: Trauma Relief in Gaza
CBS 60 Minutes, The Lesson of War (5/3/2015)
Our Impact in Gaza
- Over 150,000 children and adults served to date
- Trained more than 600 clinicians, educators, leaders of women’s groups
- 18 gifted and committed local faculty members, led by psychologist Jamil Abdel Atti, MA
- Hundreds of Mind-Body Skills Groups meeting each week
- Integration of CMBM model into both Ministry of Education (MOE) and UNRWA school systems
- Requests from Ministry of Education and UNRWA to make CMBM model and Mind-Body Skills Groups available to 450,000 school children and 20,000 teachers
- Service to 39,000 children and their parents living in UN shelters during the 2014 war
- CMBM model used by all of Gaza’s major programs which address gender-based violence
- Special programs for disabled children and adults, those with cancer and other chronic illnesses, and first responders
Our Work Featured on CBS 60 Minutes
Click the image to learn more about The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s work in Gaza as featured in the 60 Minutes segment, “The Lessons of War” which aired on May 3, 2015.