Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills

by Rebuilding Alliance
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills
Support Social Work in South Hebron Hills

Project Report | Jun 22, 2023
Helping children stay positive during crisis

By Maria Syed | Analyst and Strategist

Child in Mufaqrah discussing academic performance
Child in Mufaqrah discussing academic performance

One of the most serious effects of the Israeli Occupation on Palestinians is poor mental health and stress. In Masafer Yatta, where crisis is all too familiar, a large number of people, adults, and children, suffer from trauma and anxiety. Rebuilding Alliance Social Worker Fatma continues to provide valuable counseling to the local community. 

The majority of Fatma’s work is with children because they are the most vulnerable:

  • One of the biggest challenges in recent months has been the threat of the demolition of Palestinian schools. Sadly, Jubb al Dhib Elementary School, near Bethlehem, was demolished on May 7th, 2023. Following the demolition, Fatma met with the mothers to learn about the challenges they and their children faced. When teachers went on a strike, as a protest against the injustice, children could not continue their studies at school. Fatma met with the children and helped them develop a study mechanism to prepare for their annual exams. 
  • Children experiencing violence and trauma often internalize their feelings of anger and depression. Fatma carried out activities with children in Susya and Wadi Al Kareem to help them express their emotions through drawing. 
  • Two children were doing poorly in their studies and needed help. Fatma conducted one-on-one sessions with them to find out their problems. In the first case, a boy in Mufaqra, Muhammad dropped out of school because of bullying. He took a long time in opening up after attending several sessions with Fatma and shared how other children made fun of him because of his inability to read and write. In the other case, a girl was going through severe anxiety and mood swings. Fatma encouraged her to share her feelings.
  • Children in Mufaqrah village were asked to take part in a candid discussion on the reasons for the decline in their academic grades at school and how they can do better. 
  • Fatma carried out activities on educating children to become responsible and environmentally conscious citizens. The activity was called ‘Man, a Friend of the Environment.’ Four different groups of children in the villages of Susiya, Al-Wana, Al-Mofaqra, and Sha'ab Al-Butm were taught how to adopt environment-friendly habits. 
  • Being a Teenager can be challenging. To help children know that it is natural and normal for them to go through these changes, Fatma worked with two teenage groups in Al-Tawana and Ghwain. 

Fatma is helping many other people in her community. While some issues are related to the situation in Palestine, others are specific to the Bedouin community of Masafer Yatta.  

  • Fatma regularly works with female victims of domestic violence. She held sessions with the women in the villages of Jananba and Al Mjaz areas.  
  • Mothers of Al-Samari and Zanuta villages attended Fatma’s sessions on how to help their children. 
  • Sessions with elderly people were held in the villages of Umm Al Khair, Al Markaz, Al Fakhit, and Khallet Al Dabaa. These sessions usually educate the elderly on how to look after themselves.
  • There are ten people with special needs living in the villages of Al-Tawana, Khallet Al-Dabaa, Umm Al-Khair, Shaab Al-Batem, Al-Mufaqra, and Al-Majaz. Fatma educates their families on how to take care of them. 

Thank you for supporting Fatma through this program. Please share this information with your circle of friends and family so Fatam can keep helping her community.

Helping children of Susya and Wadi Al Kareem vent
Helping children of Susya and Wadi Al Kareem vent
Colors and brushes help children express feelings
Colors and brushes help children express feelings
Fatma speaking to Mahmoud
Fatma speaking to Mahmoud
Fatma in a session with children of Mufaqrah
Fatma in a session with children of Mufaqrah
Fatma & Nejmah with mothers of Jubb al Dhib School
Fatma & Nejmah with mothers of Jubb al Dhib School
Children learning how to care for environment
Children learning how to care for environment
Plantation activity
Plantation activity
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Donna Baranski-walker
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Redwood City , CA United States

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