The Atfaluna Association for Deaf Children implemented an initiative entitled “Without Barriers”, within the project “Improving the psychological toughness of children with disabilities and without disabilities in the Gaza Strip”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Economic Development through the “CBM-Germany” Foundation.
The project aims to improve the level of psychosocial rigidity of 2050 children and adolescents with and without disabilities of both sexes at the level of all governorates of the Gaza Strip, in addition to enhancing self-skills and their abilities to deal with problems and overcome them through collective psychosocial support. And the individual and the promotion of holistic services for children with disabilities by building the capacity of partner institutions in the field of comprehensive services strategies and physical adaptation of their headquarters, and enabling parents to care for their children.
The “No Barriers” initiative advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities in general and called for the promotion of their right to use convenient transportation. The project was implemented by the partner associations of the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Tamer Institute for Community Education, Nawa Foundation for Culture and Arts, Asriya Cultural Center and SOS Children’s Villages. The initiative was implemented within the framework of the holistic approach, targeting 100 children with disabilities and without disabilities, spread over 5 centers and institutions with disabilities and without disabilities.
The initiative aims to shed light on the right to use compatible means of transportation by expressing the difficulties of mobility and movement for persons with disabilities, and the lack of awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities and how to harmonize transportation, and proposing solutions for harmonization of transportation. The initiative included many activities, including the screening of a short film on the importance of the right of movement and movement for people with disabilities. The children expressed their opinions through a panel discussion on the film, during which they shared lessons learned. In addition to the “Hakawati” activity, which discussed with the children a beautiful, interesting story to enrich knowledge.
Hoping for change, children directed transport companies to talk about the importance of harmonizing transportation. Some bus companies have expressed their willingness to adapt some of their buses to suit people with disabilities and without disabilities.
It is noteworthy that the activities of the initiative took into account the implementation of preventive and safety measures from the Coronavirus while they communicate with each other and move them from one place to another.