Haircuts, Henna and a Little Happiness

CWS Indonesia | July 31, 2019

Ladders and Snakes! Photo: CWS

One newly-skilled young refugee cuts his young neighbor’s hair. Photo: CWS

Recently a few young people who live in group homes for unaccompanied refugee children came to CWS staff with an idea. They wanted to practice their newly honed hair cutting skills by offering to cut their neighbors’ hair. Excited about the idea – and a chance for the youngsters to get to know their neighbors better – CWS team members worked with the teens to organize two gatherings in parks near two of the homes. A first-of-its-kind event, the simple hair cutting offer grew into quite a large community celebration. Beyond free haircuts and styling, some of the youngsters offered henna painting. They also organized a game called Snakes and Ladders, and, in all activities, they had a chance to practice their Indonesian language skills.

Besides all the fun, the event gave about 100 community members a chance to learn more about the young people who live in the group homes in their neighborhoods. This was especially good because it is so unusual for 40 young foreigners to live together, and people had a chance to understand their situations better.

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Traditional henna hand painting offered by a young refugee girl to her neighbor. Photo: CWS

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