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Gaza continues to suffer the effects of a protracted crisis. Occupation, blockade and recurrent conflict has devastated the infrastructure of the coastal enclave and blighted the livelihoods and wellbeing of those who live there. With unemployment and poverty widespread, children with special needs struggle to access the specialist care and equipment they need to improve their quality of life.

Islamic Relief has provided extensive humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and this year Islamic Relief Waqf funding supported a project to improve the life-chances of children with special needs in the Gaza Strip.

We improved access to quality care by working with two major facilities serving children with special needs, Fajr Centre and Saja Centre. We repaired and furnished four school classrooms, installed a specialist library for special needs education, and installed covering shades at a centre
garden – so children with physical disabilities are able to play outside with protection from the sun.
In addition, hearing aids and specially-designed medical shoes were provided to children with physical disabilities. We also gave much-needed equipment and devices for two occupational therapy rooms, boosting the ability of the centres to deliver quality rehabilitation services to children.
Altogether, 500 children now have access to the quality, specialist care that they need to integrate within their community and to make the most of their education.

“Finally, Omar* is able to take his first steps. Joy fills my heart. Alhamdulillah, praise God,” says the mother of an eight-year-old with cerebral palsy. Omar has made quicker progress in physiotherapy since Islamic Relief Waqf refurbished and equipped the therapy room at his school. He is now walking independently and enjoying school more than ever.

“I want to see Abed able to learn, play and talk like the rest of his brothers,” said the mother of Abed, who has learning difficulties. “I’m happy because there are educational games that suit Abed that I cannot get for him at home – I can barely afford stationery and transportation fees for him.”
Abed’s tutor, Eyad, is also enthusiastic about the new learning resources provided through the project, telling us, “Islamic Relief Waqf has provided us with interactive games that have helped us to teach children in a more appropriate way – and helped us to attract their attention and push them to focus on their studies.”

“The changes that took place in the school have made my child more attached to it,” added Abed’s mother. “In the past, he missed some school days, but now he has more energy and loves to learn, so he does not miss school days anymore”.

“Thanks to Islamic Relief Waqf donors, Abed comes home happy and with a great improvement in his condition.”

“Thanks to Allah, Abed and the other children have become able to learn and respond remarkably,” said Eyad, noting the big difference the project has made to outcomes for the children at his centre. “We feel that our efforts are not in vain”.
*Names changed for protection purposes

“Thanks to Allah, the school has developed and my son has become able to learn better – even his ability to express himself and talk has improved.”

“My son is able to learn better”

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