Thursday, August 11, 2005

Welcome


PALESTINIAN CHILD HOME CLUB is an independent non-governmental organization for CHILDREN based in Hebron.
The Palestinian Child’s Home Club was established in 1996 to build a promising future for our children in the city of Hebron as its main objective.

Hebron is a special case in the Palestinian Israeli conflict. Since 1967, it has been occupied and controlled by the state of Israel and there are settlers inside the old city.
Hebron has been divided into two parts – HI and H2 – according to Hebron Protocol signed between Palestinians and Israelis in 1997. H1 area constitutes 80% of the city and is under full Palestinian Authority control. H2, the remaining 20% of the city, continues to be under Israeli military control.

Palestinian Child’s Home Club wants PEACE but it is not easy to educate under Israeli occupation. As a result of the Israeli occupation Palestinian children have been denied educational opportunities, sites for cultural activities, and community development resources.

The centre is working to help Palestinians connect with the past while enjoying the present and trying to create a brighter future. We, work to make the principles of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child a reality, while at the same time, respecting the Islam culture.

Palestinian Child Home Club is a unique centre in this area of Hebron that offers activities for children between 6 to 16 years outside school. This centre has contact with others center in Hebron and we try to co-operate together to guarantee a better future for the children.

The centre is divided in two sides: a theatre and the centre which has different rooms: a library, a music room, a PC room and a multi-purpose room.

Palestinian Child Home Club also has a small field to play basketball, volleyball and football outside the center and a little garden which is taken care by the children. In the summer they can enjoy doing activities outside.

The centre shares the space with a group of theatre, which helds drama trainings for kids and plays drama for adults.

The founders of this centre prepare different activities for the children: summer camps in Hebron, summer camps in French, they try to contact with organization outside Palestinian to explain the situation of the children in Palestine and try to give hope to this children.

In total, more than 550 children joined the club practicing many cultural, sports and artistic activities.

Palestinian Child Home Club also contacts other organizations and donors to do activities in the centre.

History

The Palestinian Child’s Home Club is a non-profit non-governmental institution that was established in 1996 in Hebron (area H1).
Since 1967, Hebron has been occupied and controlled by the state of Israel. But in 1997, Hebron has been divided into two parts – HI and H2 – according to Hebron Protocol signed between Palestinians and Israelis. H1 area constitutes 80% of the city and is under full Palestinian Authority control. H2, the remaining 20% of the city, continues to be under Israeli military control. The whole city of Hebron, though, lives under the consequences of the Israeli occupation and control.


In Hebron City there are 200 schools and 60 special schools. In the Old City there are 13 schools, 10 Primary schools and 3 kinder gardens but the Israeli occupation doesn’t allow them to develop basics rights and function in an organized manner.

The right to education constitutes one of the most widely respected and important child rights. The children are the future in our world. Palestinian Children are living under the consequences of occupation. The occupation poses a grave danger to their health development and their prospects for a brighter future.

Palestinian Child’s Home Club has experienced a lot of pressures from the society of Hebron and the occupation. In total more than 550 children joined the club practicing many cultural, sport and artistic activities.

In 1996 there was a computer lab opened to serve the children and to enhance their computational skills, but the equipment is now outdated and there is a need to find resources to renew it. It is well known that information technology permeates every area of life and is becoming the essential resource in personal and community development. This fact emphasizes the urgent need for the new generation to explore this new technology.

The Administration of the Palestine Child Home Club recognizes that children must be given the tools and resources to further their education and thus contribute to the positive development of their societies. For this reason, the Club wishes to enlarge and modernize its existing moderate computer room so as to provide the children who use the centre with the required hardware and necessary computer programs including Internet software.

In 1996 the Administration of the Palestinian Child Home Club decided to open a library to offer children the possibility to come and read new and interesting books. The center is open to receiving books from others countries in order to enlarge the library.

The first activity the Administration of the Club decided to do is a music group for children. They have been offering music activities for children using their full set of instruments, and the group often performs in public

Since 1996, the club has organized a number of summer camps under the theme of ‘al-Quds (Jerusalem) belongs to us. But the Israeli occupation makes implementation of the summer camps difficult because the Palestinian children are forbidden to move freely in Palestine and Israel. This center works towards a culture of peace and respect for humans' rights, but it is not always possible because the Israeli occupation doesn’t let them develop their basic needs.

Since 1996 the Club has been receiving volunteers from Europe, but only since 2004 has the Palestinian Child Home Club had participated in the European Voluntary Service Program.

Nowadays, Palestine Child Club offers activities for 50 children during the school term, but in the summer more children participate. Every year we prepare two summer camps in the month of July and August. In the first summer camp a French NGO called FSGT with experience in organising sports activities co-operates with the Club.


Programs

SUMMER CAMPS: Since 1996, the Club has organized a number of summer camps with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNESCO, in different cities of Palestine, but the Israeli occupation makes implementation of the summer camps difficult because the Palestinian children are forbidden to move freely from around Palestine and Israel. This center works towards a culture of peace and respect for humans' rights, but it is not always possible because the Israeli occupation doesn’t allow us to fullfil our basic needs.

SUMMER CAMP FSGT: FSGT (Federation Sportive et Gymnique du Travail) is a French organization which does sports and cultural activities.

EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE PROGRAM: In 2004, we decided to participate in the European Voluntary Service Program and receive volunteers from Europe during six month.

PALVISION: is a program promoting Ru'ya (vision). Palestinian vision was created in 1998 by a group of Palestinian youth to serve the Palestinian community, in particular the youth.

Mission

The Palestinian Child Home mission is to provide educational opportunities, sites for cultural activities, and community development resources. Respect the Islam culture and to face the consequences of Israeli occupation.

Goals


The goal of the Palestinian Child Home club is to offer a space for children where they can go to develop their personal and educational skills through different activities and to give opportunities to children as a symbol of the fact that they are the present and hope for the future.
The objectives are based on the International Declaration of Child’s Rights and the preservation of Islamic culture.


Objectives
The general objectives of Palestinian Child Home Club are:
1. To attend to the needs of children through the different activities
2. To offer children a space where they can develop sports, cultural and artistic
abilities.
3 To prepare spaces for children where they can play and learn the social rules and different values.
4. To encourage children to practice voluntary activities as well as youth exchanges.
5. To develop children’s talents, and to try to connect it with their Palestinian heritage so as to
enhance their future with confidence and honor.
6. To establish and develop facilities such as: gardens, parks, libraries, swimming pools and playing courtyards, and to use these facilities with activities to achieve the pursued objectives.
7. To focus on the child’s abilities, to broaden his/her mental-powers using modern techniques through different activities, based on different resources and publications, and the participation of members of the organization in symposiums, lectures and other activities.
8. To strengthen the child’s relationship with family, society and territory.

Events

In total more than 550 children joined the club practicing many cultural, sports and artistic activities.

In 1996 there was a computer lab opened to serve the children


In 1996 the Administration of the Palestinian Child Home Club decided to open a library with hundred books

Since 1996, the club has organized a number of summer camps.

The Palestinian Child Home Club provides activities for the children of Hebron. During 2005 this centre is offering a variety of activities:

1) Music: children come to the centre to participate in and learn traditional Palestinian singing and dancing, thus reconnecting them with their rich cultural heritage; we have a theatre that we use for these kinds of activities. Every Thursday and Friday during the school term the children have used this theatre for singing and dancing. In 2005 they have participated in important celebrations like in organization red crescent.

2) Sports: university student volunteers lead sports activities such as: basketball, volleyball, and ping-pong. The center has a ping–pong table and every Thursday the children have training with professional volunteers.

3) Modern languages: native speakers of English and Spanish volunteer at the centre to provide teaching in these languages. This year there is an English course for youth. Young people have the opportunity to learn English with a native speaker. Every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday there is an Arabic course for youth who need help in Arabic. There is a teacher that organizes this course.
In this year the club contacted with a circus to do a workshop with children in the centre. It is the first time that the children can see a circus.

This year there are a three different summer camps: where they can learn Handball, do different plays and play folklore music.

Organization

Members
It is important to know that in this center there are 13 founding members which decided to create a center where children can have space to develop their skills.


The Club’s Administration consists of an elected administrative body of 13 members. Every two years there are elections to elect a new president. There are two everyday responsible people in charge of the well-functioning of the center.

DEPARTMENTS
In the centre there are different departments with different objectives.

1) Public Relations and Information Department: The department of public relations informs the both local and international publics of the mission, objectives and activities of the organization.

2) Department of Programs and Development: This department aims at developing the child’s skills and discovering his/her talents through cultural, artistic and social activities.

3) Department of Arts: This department works at encouraging the various artistic skills of the children through courses, symposiums, workshops and study sessions. The department is
working on preparing choirs and forming committees for exhibitions, competitions
and contests.

4) Department of Health and Enviroment: The main objective of this department is to teach the children and their families how to avoid the hazards of pollution and contamination, and
deforestation.

5) Department of Scouts: This department aims at educating children to have initiative in serving the community. The department is equipped with scout uniforms and equipment that are
distributed to children during camping weeks.

6) Department of expression: This department works on encouraging the various performance arts through courses, workshops and symposiums with the purpose of forming and preparing musical and theatrical acts derived from Palestinian folklore.

7) Department of Sports: The sports department is formed of different sports teams including:
soccer, volleyball, skating, swimming and bicycling teams. The teams participate in tournaments abroad. Instructors have been sent to Arab and foreign states to enhance mutual understanding and to acquire new skills.