El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Faculty of Media at Al-Aqsa University, implemented an event entitled (The cultural challenge).
WSCR, in partnership with The Faculty of Media at Al-Aqsa University, implemented an event entitled (The cultural challenge) taking place at its theater in the presence of the executive director, Dr.Salah Jarwan, the deanship of the faulty of media at Al-Aqsa University and group of its students.
Dr.Salah confirmed that El-Wedad Society supports the youth teams and students initiatives through Rwad Youth Forum to support the education process, as well as he thanked the deanship of the faculty of media for implementing meetings that support the university students in Palestine.
Finally, a delegation from the deanship of the faculty of media visited the institution to discuss ways of cooperation between WSCR and Al-Aqsa University.
.Al-Wedad Society reveals the play taking place in its theatre: (Tales of an Immigrant) that is included its One Story, One Homeland Project.
In One Story, One Homeland project, funded by The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and in the presence of youth, cultural and social institutions, and elderly Palestinian immigrants, El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation revealed the play took place at its theatre (Tales of an Immigrant) on Wednesday evening, 15.August.2018, which was about cultural and social life details before 1948 and the Palestinian Nakba told by real narrators from elderly Palestinian immigrants.
That was one of series of shows implemented by its Youth Club, according to their origin countries.
They also will publish a book that includes stories from elderly Palestinian immigrants which tells cultural and social life details before the Nakba. It’s worth mentioning that El-Wedad society provides many services to all segments of the Palestinian society through its various programs, such as Youth Pioneers Forum, and builds a generation that able to change their society and play their leading role.
Believing in the significance role of the civil and official institutions in defending the rights of the elderly and addressing some of the most serious challenges facing them in meeting their needs, El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation conducted a workshop entitled “The Reality and Challenges of the Elderly-2018- in Palestine in General and the Gaza Strip in Particular”. It was implemented through the Family and The Elderly Program in the presence of representatives of the ministries and civil organizations working in the elderly field in addition to 23 representatives from the elderly themselves.
The workshop aimed to meet the needs of the elderly in all fields and to identify their reality and the main challenges facing them by presenting a set of open questions. The session included discussing their most important contributions and efforts to serve the elderly in addition to the role of NGOs and ministries in defending their rights and working to develop and enrich their strategic plan.
The meeting was opened by Mr. Kamal Abu Qamar, the Acting Executive Director of El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation, welcoming the guests for their great role in serving the elderly. He stressed the need to establish a national base that includes the most significant needs, priorities, and nature of interventions for this significant group of the society. He also talked about their real condition in Palestine through statistical facts and the remarkable efforts exerted in this area by the ministries and the community institutions in support of their rights.
For his part, Dr. Naeem Al-Ghalban, Chairman of the society, emphasized the need to adopt community-based voluntary initiatives with the participation of the elderly and to invest their unlimited expertise by the civil and official institutions that support them.
At the end of the meeting, the participants praised the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Community Development, stressing the need to continue the support provided to them in all fields. For instance, managing their file, organizing the work process, distributing the efforts, and involving the institutions in forming the draft of their law, especially amid the major challenges faced by this category in the Gaza Strip.
As part of the International Children’s Day and World Orphan Day ,El-Wedad society for Community Rehabilitation, in cooperation with the University College of Applied Sciences, organized an open day during the 18th Palestine Festival for Childhood and Education, entitled “A Smile That Doesn’t Vanish”. The event was implemented in the presence of a large number of children participating from Nour Al- Marifa association, Al-Zaitoon school, and Al- Basma model Kindergarten.
The festival, which was hold on the University College, had various recreational activities, individual and group games, and puppet theater which aimed at conveying educational messages to promote the children’s positive behaviors.
Ms. Hadeel Sbita, Head of the Counseling and Psychosocial Support Unit at El-Wedad Society, stressed the need for continuous implementation of children’s activities aiming to support the rights of the Palestinian children and provide them with a friendly environment and a decent and secure life.
It is worth mentioning that the Counseling and Psychological Support Unit at El-Wedad performs several psychological and community activities for different groups in the society, especially children, in order to reduce their psychological and social problems.
The Counseling and Psychosocial Support Unit at El- Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation conducted a training and awareness meeting for mothers. It was held on Al-Huda Elementary Kindergarten, entitled “Strategies for Dealing with Life Stresses”, and presented to 34 mothers of the Kindergarten children.
The meeting identified the several types and forms of the life’s pressures and it discussed appropriate solutions to some of the children’s daily life’s behaviors. It also urged them to adopt the emotional and mental method to decompress such pressures.
For her part, Ms. Hadeel Sabita highlighted the importance of the meeting to the parents considering it as a significant mean of acquiring information and skills in dealing with the various situations and life stresses faced by mothers during their interaction with their children. Also, it helped them to pay attention to the effects resulting from such interactions reflected upon the family in general and the children in particular.
As part of its ongoing support to the youth in the Gaza Strip, El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation, in partnership with Al-Fares Sports Club, organized a coronation ceremony for the female athletes. This was within the activities of “Girls’ Rights to Exercise” initiative in the project of Providing a Safe Environment for Youth in The Gaza Strip, funded by UNDEF.
The activity targeted a group of girls to encourage them to practice horse-riding. In the same context, El-Wedad Society signed a memorandum of understanding with Al-Fares Sports Club to carry out annual activities that help in encouraging Palestinian youth to exercise.
At the end of the meeting, the society administration, represented by the Executive Director, Mr. Kamal Abu Amar, honored and crowned the female athletes who participated in the sports activity. In his turn, he encouraged youth, especially girls, to ride asserting the association’s role in supporting youth, this vital category in the Palestinian society, in all the fields that serve them.
It is worth mentioning that El Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation and through the Youth Club implements several initiatives for the advancement of the Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip and the empowerment of their leading roles in society.
Within the activities of the International Women’s Day, the psychosocial support and counseling unit organized an activity entitled ” For You”. This activity aimedat promoting the women’s right of expressing their views and supporting their rights in the society.
For instance, a group of trainees, female university students, participated in the activityby expressing their opinions and ideas that support women’s rights by writing mural phrases that reinforce the role and rights of women in the society.
In his turn, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Tom, the coordinator of the Women and Children Program at El-Wedad Association stressed on the importance of the woman’s role in the society and that she is one of its pillars of success adding that her role should not be limited to neithertime nor place.
It is worth mentioning that the psychological and counseling unit of the association organizes several events specialized for women and children in the framework of its continuous support to the society.