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Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children

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Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Gaza City, Palestine
  • Deaf education
  • Audiology
  • Speech therapy
  • Income generating programmes for the deaf
  • Vocational training
  • Parents', teachers’ and community training and awareness programmes
Founded in 1992, Atfaluna is the only school for deaf children in the Gaza Strip. The programme comprises of kindergarten, pre-school and elementary school and offers deaf education, audiology, speech therapy, income generating programmes for deaf children, vocational training, and parents', teachers', and community training and awareness programmes.

For further information, please visit their website, www.atfaluna.net. It offers you the possibility to order hand-crafted articles via ‘Atfaluna Crafts on-line boutique’.

Vocational Training

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Vocational training in pottery at Atfaluna Centre
The Atfaluna Vocational Training Unit offers the opportunity for people with hearing impairment to learn woodworking, upholstery, picture framing, sewing, traditional embroidery, furniture finishing, furniture painting, fabric weaving, rug weaving or pottery-making.

Selling these products via internet is contributing to the economic sustainability of the programme.

Model programme has frequently gained public funds

Atfaluna is an excellent programme under dedicated and efficient leadership, which has been able to win substantial co-funding by the European Union as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for their early intervention programme and a vocational training and marketing programme.
Gaza City, Palestine

Equality for Deaf People

Three people from CBM partner Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children explaining the importance of 'Equality for Deaf People'


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