WAUK Newsletter 17/03/2017

1. Emergency Community Based Rehabilitation Services Addressing the Needs of Children with Serious Injuries and Disabilities, Gaza

In partnership with three local NGOs, Welfare Association was able to provide a range of essential health and medical services to over 1100 children with serious injuries and disabilities throughout Gaza. Personal treatment plans were developed for each child and included individual and group interventions. Overall in this 10 month project: 3,817 rehabilitation and nursing sessions were delivered, including: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, activities of daily living, and nursing sessions. Almost 200 children, severely traumatised from living in this conflict zone, were able to receive the counselling and psychological support they urgently needed in a total of 4,000 psychosocial support sessions.

A total of 120 local community awareness sessions were arranged:

-       60 community awareness-raising sessions, attended by 1,754 persons.

-       60 mothers’/families’ awareness raising sessions, attended by 1,511 persons.

These sessions discussed the concept of disability, rehabilitation, the rights of the disabled, how to support children with disabilities, the importance of a healthy diet, basic home exercise routines to improve mobility and co-ordination, etc.


The project was also able to adapt 40 homes so children could access their homes and move around more easily and with more independence. Adaptations included entry ramps, handrails, and shower rails. In addition 318 assistive devices, including walking frames, wheel chairs, medical mattresses and medical shoes were purchased for 249 children.

To help families relax, and de-stress, the project teams organised 12 open days, occasions when children with disabilities were able to bring their family and friends to enjoy a fun day out. The children enjoyed entertainment shows including: songs performed by bands, singing and dancing, puppet shows, clowns and competitions.


2. Emergency Shelter Rehabilitation in Burj El Barajneh Camp, Lebanon

Burj 11-2.JPGAround 40,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) have fled the conflict and now live in very poor conditions in Lebanon. 53% of PRS are unemployed, poverty levels have reached 89% (on less than $6 per day), and the population is under enormous strain. Welfare Association recently conducted a survey in Burj El Barajneh camp in Beirut, assessing over 300 PRS households and found:

  • 50% of households have 5-10 members;
  • 50% of households have at least one person who sustained war injuries (shrapnel/bullet wounds, injuries caused by falling debris, etc.)  in Syria;
  • 19% of shelters have just one room (plus bathroom);
  • 21% of shelters are 30 square metres or less;
  • 46% of shelters need urgent roof repairs;
  • 66% of shelters need new windows;
  • 64% of shelters have damp walls.

From the homes assessed a further 10 female-headed households were prioritised for rehabilitation in February. The work will focus on the most essential structural / safety issues (e.g. cracks, corrosion, damaged ceilings / roofing); health and hygiene in kitchens and bathrooms (such as water and sewage flow and electrical wiring) and security, privacy and weather protection concerns (including windows and doors). Rehabilitation work on each shelter is expected to take around 12 days. Contracts have been signed with landlords to guarantee that on completion of works, PRS tenants will be able to stay for at least a year and will pay the same rent.


3. Thank You for Supporting our Gaza Winter Appeal! 


In December 2016, to extend our Gaza Winterisation programme (providing blanket packs for 380 families and warm winter clothes for 190 children) we launched an Emergency Winter Appeal. These emergency activities included some of the most vulnerable families in Gaza, living in very difficult conditions.

Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to provide an additional 198 children with a warm winter clothes package including pyjamas, trousers and sweater, jacket, hat, scarf and gloves. The children went with their mothers to choose the clothes they liked! To help offset any delays in the queue, face painting was arranged for the younger children – and some of the older ones also enjoyed it!