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Arab Women Union- Al Basma

Arab Women Union- Al Basma

Al Basma Center (“Smile” Center) for adults with moderate learning disabilities: They are associated with the Arab Women’s Union in Beit-Sahour. Al Basma Center was founded in 1987 as a modest project to provide services to five disabled youth and young adults. Today they serve 42 adults with moderate intellectual disabilities from all over Greater Bethlehem. At the Center, emphasis is given to programs teaching the essentials to daily life. Students learn social interaction skills as well as personal hygiene and self-care. Additionally, they have developed programs that nurture a sense of creativity, providing opportunity for students to display artisanship in skills such as olive wood carving, weaving, recycling paper, and creating recycled fuel for heating the Center. Al Basma Center has a pure mission at heart of aiming to improve the quality of life for its special needs (Handicapped) members by preparing them to participate in mainstream education and be a part of society. To achieve this, the Center fosters in its students a sense of equality with their peers, along with pride in the crafts they are able to produce and in skills they have mastered. The outcome we hope for is a give them personal confidence for those individuals who have suffered getting their self-esteem ripped apart today’s society. Members at Al Basma Center are given the opportunity to develop their handicraft skills allowing them to feel productive. When a person feels they are productive and when they receive compliments for their work, they are automatically more confident of their abilities. The project that is held at Al Basma Center, is recycled paper production. Students enrolled in this program collect neglected old papers and through a process transform it into beautiful items like holiday cards and notebooks. Here at BFTA we support the work of Al Basma Center, they have an ever inspiring mission and the recycled paper project is beneficial, not only in developing skills, but in learning the essence of being resourceful. Beit Sahour- Palestine
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