An Inspirational Visit to Palestine
- Published: Friday, 17 February 2012 20:49
A group of our supporters are visiting two World of Children Honorees in Israel and Palestine to see firsthand how our generous donors have unlocked the future for children. Today, we recap their visit to Palestine, where 2008 Honoree Dr. Jumana Odeh and The Palestinian Happy Child Centre provide treatment and care for children with disabilities.
In Palestine, being born with a developmental disorder often leads to a very isolated childhood. Not only do you have trouble finding specialized education and medical care, but you are also discouraged from talking openly about it. The cultural stigma against disability is so rampant that your doctor might even fail to tell your parents about your disorder in the first place. 2008 World of Children Health Honoree Dr. Jumana Odeh founded the Palestinian Happy Child Centre (PHCC) in 1994 to ensure children with disabilities have access to the services they need to thrive. The PHCC provides specialized services for children while empowering and educating parents, teachers, and local agencies about children with special needs. “The approach of PHCC is simple: involve the community so that they come to love and accept this group of children,” Dr. Odeh said. Our group of supporters had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the PHCC and meet children who have had the opportunity to rewrite the narrative of their lives. We hope you are inspired by these photos of their trip!