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ولجة  – walaje –   ולאג'ה

June 21 was another great Yom Yam! Today, Tel Baruch beach welcomed a
group from Al Walaja village, which is located south of Jerusalem and
in the governorate of Bethlehem. For many children and also adults,
this was their first time swimming in the sea. The sea was
particularly fun today, because there were some pretty good waves and
the water was always in motion. It was also a very hot day, and the
sunscreen was constantly in use.

We swam and splashed and laughed and made many new friends. At some
point, all the kids and some volunteers formed a “train” in the water
with the floating tires and water pistols. Later, we ate delicious
sandwiches, watermelon, and strawberries! There was quite a large and
diverse number of volunteers present today. It’s always interesting to
see where and how volunteers first learned about Min al Bahar. Maayan
and her friend, volunteers from Tel Aviv, even gave a mini performance
of their acrobatics skills!

The day concluded with fun times at the Community Center in Jaffa, and
a refreshing boat ride on the Mediterranean sea! Tired, happy, and
with the slightly salty taste of the sea still on our lips, we said
goodbye and hope to welcome this great group again in the future.

Written by Franziska Zoe Kabelitz, volunteer from Germany
Photos: Ruti Tuval (see Photos, Walaje)
Video: Moran Barir 

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