From 2004 to 2018, the Life Makers Center served more than 250 children, offering activities and classes after school. The children, ages 7 to 17, came from the southern border area of Gaza, including the Al-Salam and Al-Jenina neighborhoods. The majority of the children had had their homes bulldozed or lived in crowded homes with relatives. Their families were too poor to move further away from the border area, and many of the children witnessed violence firsthand. The Life Makers Center offered drawing, painting, crafts, acting, games, English learning, and group discussions where children could talk about their problems and their dreams. It also held summer camps and took the children on trips.
A 2021 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Life Makers Center’s campaign to reopen, including helping the center purchase school supplies and classroom supplies, such as chairs and desks, as well as covering teachers’ salaries and building and rental expenses.