Campaign successfully funded on: 17 Jul,2017
Hearing loss in Palestine: In the Palestinian society, hearing loss is very prevalent due to a number of factors including childhood illness, maternal illness, and genetic factors. Poverty is also a contributing factor as parents are unable to pay for health-care services and medications. The Gaza Strip, in particular, has a very large number of persons who suffer from hearing loss of all types and degrees, and this number appears to be increasing.
The Atfaluna School for Deaf Children: was established in 1992 as the first and the only School in Gaza to open its doors to deaf children. It consists of 20 classrooms from Grade 1 to Grade 9. The school also houses a classroom for students with special needs, who have other illnesses in addition to hearing loss.
Prior to the existence of the Atfaluna School in the Gaza Strip, deaf children were rarely treated equally to their peers, thus creating a sense of inferiority among them. Many families had little knowledge in handling their deaf children and thus mostly ignored their existence or at most treated them with less respect and care. Since Atfaluna School’s establishment, both deaf children and their families have become involved and committed to changing their lives for the better.
The Current situation: With the continuously deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, the financial conditions in the School have been greatly affected. Atfaluna is unable to keep with educational needs of the deaf students in its care for the coming academic year 2017/2018. And several classrooms might be closed. A harsh economic situation, mass unemployment, and loss of livelihood due to political turmoil, embargos, and closed borders have impoverished the deaf families in Gaza.
What is needed ?
The grade 1A classroom is one the classrooms which need your urgent support; it consists of 10 deaf students of whom 7 are boys and 3 are girls who suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. The majority of the students in the class are from extremely poor families who lack even the most basic of needs within their homes. Atfaluna School is seeking your urgent support to help the deaf students in this class reach their potential in education, acquire psychological support, improve their health status grow up in warmth, and to be prepared for an independent life.
What are we planning to do with your Money?
If we reached the first millstone of $5000 we will be able to provide the deaf students with hearing aids and batteries.
If we reached $ 20,000 we will be able to provide the deaf students with school supplies and stationary, transportation fees, school uniform, daily hot meal and urgent medications for the coming academic year 2017/2018.
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