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Children's Fund Quarterly Report - January to March 2014

Children's Fund Quarterly Report

The UPA Children's Fund enables children in Palestine’s most vulnerable communities to realize their potential. The Fund supports the education, health and nutrition and recreation projects in the West Bank & Gaza Strip by linking with partners who serve orphaned, disabled and/or impoverished children.

Every day your gifts make a difference in the lives of these children.

During the first quarter of 2014, UPA awarded the following grants:

Al-Malath Charitable Society
Beit Sahour, West Bank

 

Disability rights are a human right at Al-Malath, where youth with severe disabilities are equipped to become valued and active participants in Palestinian society. Services to older youth with special needs are nearly non-existent in the West Bank. Al-Malath targets this gap by providing best practice therapeutic education, vocational and life skills training. In response to the immense challenge that family members face in providing constant care of their loved ones, UPA funded an intensive training module for the caregivers of 25 special needs youth. Afaf is the mother of two boys, one with a cognitive disability and the other with Down Syndrome. "I suffer with them. I must constantly protect them from a society that does not always understand them. After attending the caregiver training, I became more accepting of my struggles with the boys and am seeing the positive side of life."

Opportunities for youth with severe disabilities to be in the community with their families without experiencing social stigma are possible!
Opportunities for youth with severe disabilities to be in the community with their families without experiencing social stigma are possible!
An-Nahda Women's Association
Ramallah, West Bank

Seventy-eight (78) children with cognitive and development disabilities were provided transportation to attend school at An-Nahda this past quarter with a grant from UPA. Because public schools do not offer an appropriate education for children with special needs, families are dependent upon access to private facilities. By providing transportation for children in rural villages and refugee camps the link between poverty, disability and the lack of services is broken. Mervat is a special education teacher at An-Nahda who accompanies the children on the bus each day: "I see the happiness in the face of both the mothers and their children when the bus takes them to our center to learn in a warm and respectful atmosphere. Thanks to UPA!"

Established in 1925, An Nahda has promoted social equality in Palestinian society for nearly 90 years.
Established in 1925, An Nahda has promoted social equality in Palestinian society for nearly 90 years.

International Board on Books for Young People - Palestine National Section (PBBY)
Rafah, Gaza Strip

 

UPA is proud to continue support to PBBY's innovative after-school programming in the southern Gaza Strip, where 195 children directly benefited this quarter. Although these children have grown up under severe restrictions and hardships, exploring a culture of reading has opened doors of freedom for them. UPA also completed construction of a playground, adjacent to the library to promote physical fitness. Furthermore, this quarter PBBY extended its services to children with speech and hearing challenges in Khan Younis through a training course in creative writing and animation. As a result, their self-confidence and self-value have soared.

Bibliotherapy extends to children with communication challenges in one of the most underserved corners of the Gaza Strip.
Bibliotherapy extends to children with communication challenges in one of the most underserved corners of the Gaza Strip.
SOS Children's Villages
Bethlehem, West Bank

Orphaned and at-risk children from the southern West Bank receive caring residential support at SOS Children's Villages. Many had not attended school before their stay at SOS; some have learning challenges and will not graduate without intervention. Through a new partnership with UPA, 48 children received three months of intense after-school tutoring, using new interactive teaching methods. Now, the children look forward to school. Your investment in these children has helped them believe in themselves. Plus, teachers are learning more effective methods which will benefit all their students.

"I never liked to learn, but now the teacher is showing us that learning can be fun!"
Strengthening Amity with the Arts (SAWA)
Unite Lebanon Youth Project
Greater Beirut, Lebanon

SAWA uses the arts as a means to empower marginalized youth to become positive agents of change. UPA sponsored 25 Palestinian refugee children from Lebanon, including some who had recently fled Syria, to participate in this past quarter's after school program. The focus this time was on the basic principles of human rights and gender equality. Individual roles and responsibilities in upholding them were also explored. Throughout the experience, the children received training in interpersonal communication and mutual understanding. Several of their school teachers were trained by SAWA to implement the project in their classrooms, thereby reaching hundreds more.

SAWA's conflict resolution training and self-esteem building activities made a difference for 11 year old Farah.
SAWA's conflict resolution training and self-esteem building activities made a difference for 11 year old Farah.
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