The special needs, disabled students in particular, are one of our main focuses at EAP. In fact, did you know that there are more than 113,000 currently facing a disability of some sort in Palestine, 40% of those in the Gaza Strip? A group marginalised, forsaken and neglected by the government and local officials. This is an alarming figure, and one that calls for immediate action.
At EAP, we believe in equal opportunities for all students, particularly when it comes to access to education. After all, it’s a basic human right. Our work is not restricted to supporting disabled students, but the entire educational cycle, and for that reason we also choose to support disabled teachers.
Through the School Education Program, we choose to support the needy students. These are the neediest students in the school education who are facing a severe form of disability, whether that means they have an amputated arm or leg, or a severe shoulder injury, we still see them as fit for an education, no more or no less than their healthy counterparts. But since this project is not dedicated to orphans specifically, it usually goes by either undermined or neglected. Despite this however, we still managed to support the highest number of families within the school education fund, fortunately – this was up to 5,000 families. Last year, this was we supported 8,000 disabled students in Palestine following the conflicts that lasted 7 years.
We support them all year round, including this month of Ramadan. This month we have provided countless special needs families with all their basic needs, including food parcels and special needs gifts. We provided hundreds of students and their families with food parcels in Gaza city, these areas include: Zaytoun, Shaja’ia and Aldaraj.
We also targeted 3 schools with disabled students and their families which was almost 1000 families. These included:
• Basra School in Khan Yunus – South of Gaza
• Shams al Amal in Gaza city – North of Gaza
• ‘Palestine: the future’ school in Nusayraat refugee camps in mid Gaza.
In light of the political turmoil and unending siege, the situation is only worsening for Palestinians, and which calls for our help. There’s still time during this blessed month to do good. Please donate generously and help our neglected, disabled students pave their way to a better future.