Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children is a non-profit organization that endeavors to empower persons with hearing disability as well as persons with other disabilities in the Gaza Strip and improve their quality of life within a disability-inclusive development framework.
Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children is a local non-governmental organization, established in 1992 in Gaza City, in order to enable persons with hearing disability in the Gaza Strip to have their chance in life through education, rehabilitation, and job training and employment opportunities. From its establishment as a small school for persons with hearing disability serving 27 students, Atfaluna now serves more than 40,000 persons annually through a multitude of services and training programs implemented within an inclusive approach. These interventions aim at providing equal opportunities for persons with hearing disability in the society. The organization's programs and services include: • Audiology and Speech Pathology (hearing screening outreach, audiological diagnosis, hearing aid fitting including ear-mould making and hearing aid repair, early intervention, speech/ language development) • Inclusive Education (pre-School, kindergarten, preparatory school serving 300 children) • Inclusive Technical and Vocational Education and Training (furniture making, sewing, embroidery, culinary arts, jewellery making, shoe making, photography, graphic design, hairdressing, etc.) • Inclusive Crafts Production (carpentry and furniture making, embroidery, sewing, fabric and rug weaving, pottery making, shoe making, jewellery making) • Food Catering and Hall Rental • Advocacy, Lobbying, and Networking for the rights of persons with disabilities • Community Education and Awareness (sign language training courses, job counselling, better parenting, deaf cultural and education events, literacy and numeracy training, child safeguarding, awareness materials, etc.) • Psychosocial (social work and counseling, debriefing sessions, psychosocial material and guides, recreational activities, emergency response, etc.)
What makes Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children innovative?
ASDC has recently adopted an inclusive approach within its three-year strategic plan. The inclusive approach offers multi-sectoral programs and services to persons with and without disabilities. Moreover, the organization adopts a rights-based approach towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities by empowering them through ASDC's services and enabling them to become effective members of Society while sensitizing the community towards their rights and needs.
How does Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children measure impact?
ASDC adopts a monitoring and evaluation system which uses baseline and end line assessments to measure impact. Additionally regular meetings are conducted with beneficiaries to record feedback . Close management supervision and regular meetings with team staff are all vital components within the organization.
How can supporters get involved?
Sharing information about our programs and services Donations to the organization Supporting the sales of our hand made Crafts products Funding the organizations programs and services