The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution opened ” the summer camp for children with disabilities” in partnership with Save the Children on Sunday 7TH July 2016 in Dolphin Resort ” Let’s play .. Let’s have fun ” , which aims to improve access opportunities to the protection and health services for children with disabilities in the Gaza Strip , The camps targeted six areas of the camp in Gaza strip which is one of the most frailty areas. The number of participants in the camp is 165 boys and girls are children with disabilities ,and 135 are hale, and the age group is ” 9-14 years” and the camp will continue for a whole month, this camp is one of the best camps for this year in that it includes recreational , sports activities and a variety of other activities in order to promote active participation , development , reintegrate of this group in society and also provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to engage in the normal life and provide an opportunity for the hale children to identify children with disabilities up close and appreciate their problems and help them to cope with the difficulties of life in order to promote their right to play and integration in the community through the merger to promote a positive feeling for the children and that children with disabilities exist in society ” affects and is affected ” , and displaces a lot of ideas and impressions about himself that may be acquired it in the isolation .
Rania, a ten- year old girl, is characterized with innocence, beauty and quietness. During the last war on Gaza in 2014, Rania’s right hand has been seriously injured, negatively affecting the movement of her hand. This made her suffer from mental disorder such as having nightmares and screaming once she hears the rain sound. It was noticed that she had a weak educational attainment and became more violent with her siblings. She has not been received enough attention to get her out from isolation, fear, shyness and violence state.
Rania has been chosen in the project “ Psychological social support for children in emergency case”, where she has been able to get benefit from several activities of protecting and improving the psychological state for children in the Gaza Strip. At the beginning of the project, she was introvert and was always preferring not to communicate with other female students. This project has been working on getting Rania out of solitude and shyness through implementing several activities related to the management of psychological stress. These activities include field visits, dialogue session, individual and collective guidance, relaxation exercises, self- discovery, and self- healing. In addition, the project has provided some advice regarding how to deal with others, play sports, fill her time with useful things to her study and future, believe in fate and destiny, and overcome difficulties to achieve the goal she aspires to.
Day by day, Rania started overcoming the barrier of shyness and loneliness and making friends. Getting more involved in class activities and getting higher marks than those of the pre- test have been clearly observed. The girl has become more optimistic ,active and initiative and believed in positive change.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution in partnership with Save the Children org. Roll-out many of the activities and events that includes psychosocial support sessions for children and awareness raising for parents and what the consequent of permanent monitoring and evaluation process that is reflected in a positive way on the children’s rights , Within the project ” Psychosocial support for children in emergency cases ” that it aims to protect and improve the mental state with the most vulnerable in the target group in all areas of the Gaza Strip.
Dear candles please burn, Illuminate the darkness of our long night, The darkness of the blockade, the division and ignorance, But please don’t burn our children!
Question and exclamation marks are increasing among gazans whose lives in darkness for over eight years, Power outage crisis left a disaster, Known as ” candles children ” they are victims of children who die by drowning or asphyxiation as a result of ignite candles for lighting instead of the power supply which the gazans house doesn’t see it more than 8 hours daily in the better situation.
Friday evening , sixth of May 2016 , Mohammed Abu Hindi who lives in the beach camp West of Gaza – didn’t know he and his children going to be the new victim for a fire caused by a candle which the mom light it in children’s room to illuminate it , It wasn’t the first incident , It was preceded by a similar scene, two children died of Habil family and another ; Duheir family which completely ruled after a fire broke out in the house which spent six ; They are the father, mother and four children the oldest ages didn’t exceed 6 years .
Yousra (three years), Rahaf (two years), Tamer (two months) sons of Mohamed Abu Hindi burned to death Iin a scene is the toughest since the beginning of the current year due to fire flared up in his house in the night , The story began when the mother placed a candle on a plastic body to illuminate the darkness of the graves to her children in which the family lives without knowing it is the night of the Last dinner , Caught fire at the beginning in the children’s room and it killed three , wounded another and survived a single child , and others suffered from suffocation .
More than 25 people burned to death or suffocation in the last five years – All of them are children – due the voltage supply crisis in the Gaza Strip and each time happens this type of accidents the people be angry and moves in anger and call is for an end to power crisis that have been worsening and neutralize this file away from the internal political dividing , In this context there is a question : If the three children incident of Abu Hindi family will be the last? Or is the Strip on a date with another charred bodies?! Is there a temporary alternatives it can be activated to help in control the electricity crisis instead of recriminations between the parties of the crisis and the electricity distribution company?
The death of the three children ” burned to death ” and others injured , one of them a boy come back to raises the electricity crisis case strongly in Gazan society which lacks the basic necessities of life with tight siege has been increased pace after the Israeli attack in June / 2014 and political division have a long life to detract from the age of Gazans and their children because of the large number of problems and crises.
When Mr. Haniyeh with his white hat blame Israeli occupation and the government in Ramallah , Is Mr. Haniyeh asked himself he bear a part of the responsibility ? Or the smoke of their bodies didn’t reach to his robe ?!
And when we hear that Mr. Abbas refuses to supply the gas to the gas station which has purchased from occupation and when the occupation insists to bluegrass tax To extend these miserable electricity station with industrial diesel , Does Mr. Abbas asked himself if he care about a branch from his nation ?! Or is he involved his friend Rabin in his wishes if sea swallow it !
Mr. Abbas must come out and give us a convincing answer or Or that the people of Gaza are the forgotten Category?!
Where are your tears Mr.Hamdallah when you have visited Gaza , Or are these tears have Petrified and dried and your eyes be helplessness to see the truth and be generous with ten thousand shekels and Ext-treatment !
We are in the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution we express our strong indignation because of losing our children victims that due to lack of power supply crisis and we are aware of the seriousness of the continuing of power outages crisis , We emphasize that the continuation of the political divide will bring more suffering and victims and reduces the level of the services which provided to citizen who often missing from the basic rights that help him to survive and thrive .
Today began the implementation of the training program to improve the capacity of the “Alliance group” for monitoring and documenting child rights violations within the activities and events of the project ” protect my right ” and that is reflected on the indeed of children’s rights which paves the way for the initiatives during the next six months, the first day discussed democracy and components and measuring the extent of the application on the Palestinian reality.
(Gaza Strip, 1 June 2016)- The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a series of training sessions on “Enhancing summer camps counselors’ skills and knowledge about disability and the related issues and how to implement summer camps activities for children with disabilities”. The training program continued for 4 days, and targeted 18 counselors, and it was a part of the project “Improved access to protection and health for children with special needs in Gaza”, implemented by Handicap International. The project aims to enhance resilience and reduce protection and health risks for the most venerable boys and girls in Gaza Strip, in order to improve the psychological wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in the vulnerable and marginalized areas.
Photos from the first day of rehabilitation and cognitive training for a group of an administrators of summer camps and in the case of the project activities” Improving access to protection and health services ” in partnership with (Handicap International) to the children with disabilities which Implemented by PCDCR and addresses the issue of enhancing the skills and knowledge of the camps administrators about the concepts of disability and related issues and how to carry out the activities of summer camps for children with disabilities .
(Gaza Strip, 28 April 2016) The Palestinian Center of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training program about psychological first aid, lasted for 12 hours out of three days. The program targeted 25 psychosocial specialists from the emergency staff of the project “Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children” in partnership with Save the Children Organization. The training sessions included different subjects about the psychological first aid, like psychological intervention for children during emergencies, improve staff’s skills of implementing emergency visits, psychosocial support sessions for children and their parents, and methods of providing individual counseling.
Job title: technical supervisor
Organization: Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution _ PCDCR
Job Location: Gaza Strip
Contract period: 8 months from 1st of May to 30th of November.2016
Reporting: PCDCR project manager
Submission deadline: 25th April 2016
Note: The application for this job vacancy is available for both a freelancers and a firms.
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On Wednesday, 6th April 2016, the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training course entitled “Training of Facilitators/ Trainers” as part of a project funded by the European Union and titled as ” the Elected President” in partnership with Central Elections Commission-Palestine. The 15-hour training course was held in PCDCR’s training hall “Gaza branch” from 04 to 06 April 2016 and 20 participants attended the course.
The program of the training course addressed a number of topics: elections as an element of democracy, the legal logic of elections, electoral systems and their advantages and disadvantages, voters’ registration, the electoral campaign, elections monitoring, and elections controls.
A team of specialized trainers in PCDCR supervised the training. Mr. Abdel Men’m Al-Tahrawi began the training talking about the project, its objectives, and the target group which is represented by universities students and Civil Society Institutions’ staff. He explained that a number of awareness raising sessions about elections will be held including an imitation of elections law while the elected will grant the opportunity to play the role of president. Besides, Al-Tahrawi emphasized on the necessity of having training and facilitation skills in addition to the necessity of addressing people in the language they can understand. He added that the facilitator/trainer has to recognize facilitation techniques such as: brainstorming, free association, and groups discussions.
The participants praised PCDCR distinctive role in disseminating elections culture and rule of law. Moreover, they emphasized that the course is characterized by its richness topics and the efficiency of the trainers. In addition, they appreciated the use of interactive training methods since they had an active participation and discussion during the training course sessions. The participants stressed on the need of organizing such training courses.