Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, is a registered Palestinian NGO located in Gaza City, has been working in the field of persons with hearing disabilities education and allied services since 1992. Literally thousands of deaf children and adults and their families are served annually at Atfaluna through persons with hearing disabilities education, audiology, speech therapy, income generating programs for the deaf, vocational training, parents', teachers’ and community training and awareness programs, and a host of other services and programs.
The organisation currently employs 134 permanent staff members of which 55% are deaf. Atfaluna’s services focus on serving persons with hearing disabilities in particular and the community in general. This focus comes in light of the inclusive development approach Atfaluna adopts to create an inclusive environment for persons with disabilities within an all-inclusive environment free of limitations.
The sign language training program in ASDC welcomes all persons of the community with special emphasis on family members of people with hearing disabilities and other service provision community society staff members.
The early intervention program works to guide and assist families of newly diagnosed children with hearing disabilities during the early critical days through individually implemented plans.
The ASDC kindergarten is based on learning tyhhrough play and educational play corners. It aims to create positive change within the children’s hobbies, habits, skills and abilities
The schooling system at Atfaluna starts at kindergarten level and continues onto primary and middle school.
Vocational training program
The program offers short- and long-term training courses in a range of fields includin: product design, sewing, embroidery, carpentry, furniture production, furniture painting, upholstery, painting on wood, pottery production, pottery paining, arabesque design, jewellery making, photography, fabric and rug weaving.
Audiology Clinic offers it services to the local community, the clinic employs audiology experts specialised in evaluating and diagnosing hearing problems and hearing aid fitting.
The Community Centre provides technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and building employability skills based on local market needs
crafts production unit
The crafts production unit includes crafts production units including: carpentry unit, sewing unit, embroidery, pottery production and design, painting on wood, rug and fabric weaving.
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Quotes about Atfaluna
To the teachers and children, thank you for all you are doing.
High Representative EU
A beautiful experience of capacity, creativity. I so much appreciate the education, work, showing the ability to cope.
I am impressed how much excellent work was done by the Palestinian community in this place. We can see that EU support could be effective.
President of the European Parliament
On the behalf of the European people sincere thanks to the noble work you do.
European Commissions for the Humanitarian Aid
Congratulations! Your dedication, commitment and sincerety have made miraculous a achievement in serving Palestinian community.
Former Minister of Health
Congratulations on a most noble endeavour that produces such beautiful things.
Representative of Ireland in Palestine
It has been great privilege to visit you, I admire your wonderful work.
Permanent Secretary, DFID, London
Thank you for the hospitality and congratulations for the valuable activities
Ambassador of Jaban