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Children's Fund Quarterly Report - October-December 2014

Children's Fund Quarterly Report
The UPA Children's Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specializing in children's education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine's most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned.

During the previous quarter, UPA awarded the following grants:

Al-Huda Development Association (Khan Younis, Gaza Strip)

Al-Huda believes that early education is essential for developing a child’s sense of self and setting the stage for their future success. During the 2014 assault on Gaza, the Al-Huda Kindergarten in Khan Younis was damaged and many teaching aids and books were destroyed, forcing teachers to do their jobs with limited means. A grant from the UPA Children’s Fund allowed Al-Huda to purchase modern teaching aids, including a computer, photocopier, and projector, as well as schoolbooks for each of the students. According to the director of the kindergarten, the children have become happier, more active students. Attendance at the school has also increased, so Al- Huda can now reach even more children

 

Fares Al-Arab for Development and Charity Works (Gaza City, Gaza Strip)

Fares Al-Arab has offered psychological support for children living in shelters and refugee camps since the 2014 invasion of Gaza. With support from the UPA Children’s Fund, Fares al-Arab was able to visit two shelters and provide psychosocial activities to help children who witnessed the devastation of the summer war. Staff members were able to meet with children of all ages and tailor activities to each age group, giving the children a space to convey their hopes and dreams. Twelve-year old Abdullah wrote, “This project gives us the chance to express our feelings, increase our self confidence and restore our smiles.”

Palestinian Association for Education and Environmental Protection (PAEEP) (Gaza City, Gaza Strip)
 
PAEEP provides toys and teacher training to some of the most in-need kindergartens in Gaza. With a grant from the UPA Children’s Fund, PAEEP selected three kindergartens in Al- Shuja’iyeh, one of the hardest-hit areas of Gaza during the 2014 war, to receive educational and recreational toys and training for teachers on how to support students that struggle to adapt to their situation. The manager of one of the kindergartens agreed that the “toys will allow the children to play and learn through playing.” PAEEP also funded an “open day” of entertainment and games for students, featuring entertainers and group activities. The toys and training will serve future classes that pass through the selected kindergartens.

Palestinian Happy Child Centre (Jerusalem)

The Palestinian Happy Child Centre provides hope to children with special needs, and their families, by creating a space for learning and fun. Through the UPA Children’s Fund, the Happy Child Centre hosted puppet shows, fun days and trips for over 300 children. It also held workshops to teach families how to support and encourage their children. Many autistic children have made great strides forward since coming to the Happy Child Centre, thanks to the personalized program that it offers. One mother, whose daughter Shahd was born with a hearing disability, says that thanks to the Happy Child Centre Shahd received cochlear implants, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. At 8 years old, Shahd is able to hear and speak, and is enrolled in a regular school.

 

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