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24th
Oct
2018

LFT in Gaza: Urgent Appeal to Sponsor a classroom for academic Year 2018


The Atfaluna School for Deaf Children was established in 1992 being the first School in Gaza to open its doors to deaf children. It consists of 20 classrooms from Grade 1 to Grade 9. The school also houses a classroom for students with special needs, who have other illnesses in addition to hearing loss.   Please watch: https://youtu.be/5XE_bwHxuMU   The teaching committee at the school follows a special education curriculum and applies bi-lingual approach. This teaching method allows students with residual hearing to practice and learn to use both verbal and signed communication. Classrooms consist of small groups to allow each deaf child to receive the care and attention necessary from the teacher to build the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to grow and develop.   Prior to the existence of the Atfaluna School in the Gaza Strip, deaf children were rarely treated equally to their peers, thus creating a sense of inferiority among them. Many families had little knowledge in handling their deaf children and thus mostly ignored their existence or at most treated them with less respect and care.   Since Atfaluna School’s establishment both deaf children and their families have become involved and committed to changing their lives for the better. Parents of deaf children participate in sign language training, job counseling sessions, community awareness activities; they also partake in parents committees which play an important role in school decisions.   With the continuously deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, the financial conditions in the School have been greatly affected. Atfaluna is unable to keep with educational needs of the deaf students in its care. We need urgent support to help Atfaluna to continue their education services to deaf children.   The first of the two classrooms is classroom Grade 8C which of 11 deaf students all of which are boys who suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. The majority of the students in the class are from extremely poor families who lack even the most basic of needs within their homes. Each of these children has a different story to tell. Ibrahim who is 15 years old was a leading student in class and highly motivated among his peers. Upon the death of his mother Ibrahim was devastated. Falling back in class and becoming more and more isolated from his classmates he found it difficult to concentrate on his studies. With continuous support from his classmates and teachers Ibrahim found the ability to continue and has excelled in class. The classroom teacher who has long years of experience in working with deaf students, continues to work hard with the school counselor to support and guide each of the students individual needs and abilities.     Grade 8B classroom consists of eight deaf girls who suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. The majority of the students in the class are from extremely poor families who lack even the most basic of needs within their homes. The Atfaluna School welcomes these students to receive a free-of-charge education within a welcoming and friendly environment. Each student in this class comes from a different family background and a different way of living. Each of these children has a different story to tell. Rawan (14 years old) has vision problems; however she is very hard working and excels in class. The young girl is very organized and polite and enjoys spending time with her classmates. Wala (15 years of age) suffers from a childhood neurological disease which limits her comprehension and speech abilities. The young girl tries hard in class but needs continuous support from her teacher in class as well as her parents. The classroom teacher who has long years of experience in working with deaf students, continues to work hard with the school counselor to support and guide each of the students individual needs and abilities.     We would also be privileged to put up a plaque at the entry of the classroom (similar to the one shown above) reflecting the name of the generous donor as a means of appreciation by the organization. The classroom would also be named after the donor.     The Cost for a Year:  
Description Units No. of Units Unit Cost Total ($)
Salaries        
Classroom Teacher @ $ 550 per mo. x 12 mos. Month 12 550 6,600
Teaching Assistant (Deaf) @250 per mo. x 12 mo. Month 12 250 3,000
Social Wkr./Counsellor @ $ 100 per mo. x 12 mos. (Part-Time) Month 12 100 1,200
Sub-Total Salaries       10,800
Transportation        
Transportation for neediest of needy deaf students Month 10 200 2,000
Sub-Total Transportation       2,000
Supplies        
Classroom Supplies, Arts and crafts supplies  & Stationery @ $ 30 per mo. x 10 mos. Month 10 30 300
Sub-Total Supplies       300
School Uniforms and Bags        
1 Schl. Uniforms per child x 11 children @ $15 per uniform Uniform 11 15 165
1 School Bag per child x 11 children @ $15 per bag Bag 11 15 165
Sub-Total School Uniforms and Bags       330
Other Needs        
Hearing Aid Batteries @ $ 5 per child x 11 children per mo. X 12 mos. Student 12 55 660
Contingency Fund (hearing aid repairs, medicines, eyeglasses, emergency medical or family needs) Lump Sum 1 300 300
Other Needs       960
Total Proposed Budget 2017-2018              14,390
      Why not join together with friends and family to together sponsor a classroom? The School can’t wait to bring news of the children’s’ progress and what a difference their education is making. No longer will they be ignored by society, they will learn to have a voice and a future as any child deserves.