Abdel is a little kid who entered Effeta center in 2017, when he was only 3 years old. His family is very poor: his father is a worker and his mother is a housewife. She can’t find a job because she has to look after her 2 kids, both with deafness problems. Furthermore Abdel is suffering from a liver disease, which causes a slowdown in growth, and he has to follow the treatment regularly. Nevertheless, the kid is happy because he feels everybody loves him, at home and at school in Effeta. In 2 years time he has made much progress: firstly he has now realized the importance of words, so he uses his hearing aid without complaining and he’s doing all his best to learn speaking.
Thanks to your help, Abdel and many other children like him, can start hearing, speaking and going to school.
We want to say thanks to you and to all your friends who may help these children in the future. Together we can make the difference!
Our project manager Gaetano is going to Bethlehem at the end of August and he’ll meet Abdel and all the children in Effeta. In our next report we’ll tell you about his trip.
Today we would like to tell you the story of one of the children welcomed by the Effeta Institute. Raaf is a little girl who is now five years old. Her family is extremely poor; in fact, her father is a simple worker. Besides his own family, he has to support his brother’s, since he died leaving her wife alone with five children. Raaf’s mother is unemployed and she can’t find a job, because of the difficult economic and political situation of the country. The little girl is affected by serious deafness and, even though her mother takes great care of her, Raaf can’t attend normal classes at school.
For this reason, in September she entered the Effeta Institute. She is making progress with school and she is learning how to use the hearing aid she was provided with. She is enthusiast with all the activities she takes part in, and she loves playing with her classmates, which she already considers friends. Since her house is too far away from the Institute, Raaf stays there the whole week and she goes home for the weekend.
Thanks to your support, Raaf can now attend a school which is adequate to her needs and she can live a more decent and peaceful life. Raaf is just one of the many children that you help through your commitment. Thank you for making this possible!
The main goal in Effeta is audiophonetic rehabilitation because it aims to train and prepare students to face their future making them aware that deafness is not an obstacle to a personal affirmation in society.
The exercise of listening and oral communication can guarantee the harmonious development of the student with the overcoming of his handicap.
Since the students in Effeta can not hear, they need a visual support that allows them to progress using the visual games: this is why Sister Lara is asking us to help her to buy an LCD software, a Smart Board and some educational games to increase the efficiency of the multimedia classroom.
We thank all of you for your support. Thanks to your help we can guarantee the basic right to grow and learn to many deaf children in Bethlehem!
In September the Aleimar Country Manager of Palestine traveled to Bethlehem, in order to monitor the progress of the “Effetà” project. The Palestinian situation is still very uncertain and tense. This situation impedes the development any kind of entrepreneurial initiative aimed at the employment of locals. This uncertainty causes the economical dependence on state support and jobs, which are affected by corruption and a consequent waste of resources.
Our project referent Sister Piera is in Italy because of an operation to her legs. Since she will stay in Italy for a while, Sister Lara is now replacing her. She told our country manager they still need help, in order to continue their activities. Now more than ever, we want to reaffirm the importance of children education. In this regard, our next goals for the Effetà school will be to buy an interactive whiteboard and to create a speech therapy classroom and a psychomotricity gym.
We would like to renew our gratitude to all of you for believing in our project, since it is thanks to your support, that we can carry on our actions!
The work of the Dorotee sisters is really precious for the children with hearing disabilities who attend the Effetà Institute. In Palestine, serious political and social instability does not allow the government to provide adequate social, health and educational services; this aggravates the situation of disabled children who, without the support of structures suited to their needs, are marginalized and discriminated because they are perceived by society as bringer of misfortunes. In this situation it is easy to understand why the Istituto Effetà is considered a unique reality in Palestine. The Institute, through its specialized services, proposes to offer concrete solutions to the problem of the deafness. The nuns, assisted by international specialists, have defined advanced training protocols, including one based on lab reading; this method makes students able to be autonomous even outside the Institute thanks to the interpretation of the lips of people who, not knowing the LIS (Language of Signs), is expressed with verbal sounds.
The support offered by nuns to children and their families, however, is much broader and goes beyond the school. In fact, in these months training sessions have been organized for families that focus their attention on the awareness of the problem on the part of children and parents and on accompanying them in addressing the economic and relational difficulties.
In September, our project leader Gaetano will go to Palestine and will have the opportunity to visit the Institute, checking the progress achieved by children and retrieving detailed information on the activities carried out.
In the meantime, we thank all those who believe in this project and who have contributed to guaranteeing the right to education to hearing-impaired children: above all in a reality like the Palestinian one, a degree can really make a difference!
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