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Children's Fund Quarterly Report - July - September 2014

Children's Fund Quarterly Report

The UPA Children's Fund touches the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children each quarter of the year. UPA partners with local non-profit organizations specialized in children's education and health. They are dedicated to fostering the potential among Palestine's most vulnerable communities, with a special focus on the impoverished, disabled and orphaned.

During the third quarter of 2014, UPA awarded the following grants:

Al-Malath Charitable Society (Beit Sahour) 

To continue its work with the special needs community, Al-Malath held ongoing education workshops for its staff that focused on the following topics: motivation, communication, education and recreation. A physical therapist named Issa Khoury said, “The instructors used games, worksheets, outdoor activities, and problem solving exercises to let us explore our feelings, find our strengths and weaknesses, enhance communication, improve productivity and boost our motivation.”

Al-Malath Charitable Society (Beit Sahour)
Young Women’s Christian Association (Project in Jalazone Refugee Camp)

 

Established in 1958 and managed by the YWCA in Ramallah, the Jalazone Refugee Camp Center offers educational, cultural and economic development programs for women and their children. With support from UPA, the YWCA rehabilitated and upgraded the Center’s play area. Zeina Safi, a 5-year-old girl, said, “I kept asking my mom, ‘When is the first day of preschool?’ I miss my classroom and my teacher. Now I am happier that we have a new place to play in and enjoy. I want to ask my mom to bring my brothers and sister so we can play together.”
Young Women’s Christian Association (Project in Jalazone Refugee Camp)

Ma’an Development Center (Project in the Jordan Valley)

Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley face constant harassment by the Israeli military, including the demolition of homes and other structures. Ma’an selected schools in three of the most vulnerable villages in the Jordan Valley and provided students with backpacks, stationary and other school supplies. Najiyah Daraghmeh, an 8th grade student in Tayasir, has had to cope with the death of her 17-year-old brother, who was killed by an Israeli land mine while he was tending sheep. She said, “After my brother’s death, my father stayed awhile without going to work, so he didn’t have money to buy us new backpacks and notebooks. Thank you for bringing us these backpacks and supplies.”

Ma’an Development Center (Project in the Jordan Valley)
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