The majority of the children enrolled in Atfaluna’s educational programming for the deaf are from ages three to eighteen, and, are from families living under the poverty line in Gaza. Atfaluna provides a warm and safe environment for children and adults to learn social skills and sign language and to get solid academic preparation – from geography to mathematics.
Established in 1991, the school now enrolls 270 children and has a long waiting list. It also operates an adult deaf education program and provides basic services in audiology and in speech therapy, as well as training for the parents of newly-identified deaf children so that they may better communicate. Social service and counseling services are available to any families in the Gaza Strip with a member who diagnosed with a hearing loss.
Atfaluna also provides vocational training to its students. (See Artisan Partners.)