Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed

by American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed
Help 100 traumatized Palestinian children succeed

Success at the Spafford Children’s Center is measurable. Children make amazing progress when they have a comprehensive assessment, are given individualized instruction, and are supported at home by parents trained to help them.

Consider Raafiq who was brought to the SCC last November by his mother. The 5th grader lives with his parents and two siblings in Jerusalem. The main concern was Raafiq’s struggle with math; he couldn’t write or count numbers beyond 10 and subtraction, multiplication, and division of two-digit numbers confused him. Raafiq did not know how to distinguish geometric shapes or how to use a ruler. A clock was a circle with numbers that had little meaning to the boy.

The SCC assessment found visual perceptual issues and a poor foundation in arithmetic operations. The teacher found that Raafiq had a strong desire to learn and the mother was committed to helping, although her mathematics education was limited. Progress was steady, but not quick. Raafiq came to the SCC every week (Covid closures permitting) for nearly a year. He worked with the math teacher and came to love the board games with counting, the puzzles that challenged his ability to add and subtract, number cards, and practicing on the classroom white board with two other colleagues in the SCC class. The teacher reinforced Raafiq’s achievements with verbal praise, small gifts, and cards for him to take home.

Now Raafiq can read numbers up to a million, has mastered addition and subtraction, makes his way through three-digit multiplication and division, can distinguish and draw shapes, and loves using rulers, protractors, and calipers. The teacher at his regular school is so pleased she has referred other children to SCC.

Your donations helped to pay for the specially trained teacher, the games and puzzles in the classroom, and the sessions for Raafiq’s mother. Not only has Raafiq made exceptional progress, but his siblings are also benefiting from what his mother has learned. She feels better about her ability to help her children learn and thrive. Coming to the Spafford Children’s Center makes a difference…and you make if possible.

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Children ready to learn in the SCC Computer Lab
Children ready to learn in the SCC Computer Lab

Your contributions this year allowed the Spafford Children’s Center (SCC) to outfit a new computer lab with modern computers.

As tutoring sessions begin again at the SCC, there is a sense of hope and possibility. Some children are returning for second and third courses in Arabic, English, or math, and others are arriving at SCC for the first time. They may be a bit timid with the teachers at first but soon they are racing through the halls and into their classrooms ready for fun with friends. The SCC is now offering computer literacy classes for children and youth who struggled throughout the pandemic with limited access to WIFI and few keyboarding skills. Even those with computers often didn’t know how to use the software packages or how to download homework or upload completed assignments. Classes in the new SCC computer lab will begin soon, and the kids and teachers are excited.

SCC, for many years, has taken a holistic approach to children by recognizing their need for educational, therapeutic, and recreational services. At SCC children receive a full assessment of their strengths and needs, and a plan is proposed to the students and parents. Some children need speech or occupational therapy to help with trauma related or developmental issues. Other kids need academic courses in Arabic, English, or math, and everyone is invited to participate in art, dance, games, and fun.

Please continue to support the Spafford Children’s Center through GlobalGiving. Run by volunteers, AFSCC board member contributions pay the fees for online giving. Therefore, all of your donation goes to provide services for the children served by the SCC. We thank you for your generosity.

This girl can't wait for her lessons
This girl can't wait for her lessons
Celebrating success
Celebrating success
An Arabic lesson at the SCC
An Arabic lesson at the SCC
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Art projects at SCC
Art projects at SCC

If Ever Palestinian Kids Needed Summer Camp… 

…this is the year. For three weeks in July, five hours a day, more than 50 kids, ages 6 to 11, gathered at the Spafford Children’s Center in East Jerusalem to enjoy games, competitions, and art extravaganzas mixed with lessons in teamwork and cooperation. Youth, many who grew up attending SCC courses, have been trained to be camp counselors to help the teachers. Palestinian kids have endured months of school closures and limited online learning and they need to let loose and have fun. Add the educational delays to the trauma they experienced in the recent past, and throughout their lives, and the need for a structured outlet is clear. Is there anything more fun than creating art projects or playing kickball in the Spafford courtyard?

Thanks to our loyal donors we had a successful Bonus Day on July 14. We raised $6,138 in donated funds matched by $2,746 from GlobalGiving for a total of $8,884. These funds will help support a Trauma Specialist at the Spafford Children’s Center. The need is great and SCC is answering that need with help from you. Please give to https://goto.gg/31839. Your donation will ensure that children at SCC get the trauma recovery services they need. Notice the picture of boys learning to relax, breathe deeply, and focus their thoughts....all important skills for children who live in a turbulent environment.

The American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center thanks you for your loyalty and continued support.

Happy summer to all!

Courtyard games at SCC
Courtyard games at SCC
Learning to relax
Learning to relax
Bouncy balls are so much fun
Bouncy balls are so much fun
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The Spafford Children’s Center is busy. While Covid restrictions are still in place, all of the staff and many of the mothers have been vaccinated. The children are back in their regular schools after having missed more than a year of instruction. The Palestinian kids who come to SCC are getting caught up through individualized instruction in English, Arabic, and math. In just an 11-week course the children make amazing progress. Comparing the pre and post tests the teachers find at least one grade level of improvement and often more.

All of the SCC services recognize the impact of trauma on the ability of children to learn and reach their potential. Palestinian children have seen or experienced trauma in their communities. Some children handle trauma by acting out; some hold their feelings in. Whatever their response the SCC teachers, psychologist, and social worker know that children need opportunities to express their emotions in safe ways. At SCC, in recent weeks, there was an outing for youth that featured games and cooking their own feast outdoors. A few weeks ago, the SCC children learned about Easter and drew colorful eggs. Recently, another activity gave the creative SCC children the materials they needed to craft Ramadan lanterns that are symbolic of hope.

Please give to the American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center and support the services that help Palestinian children and youth learn and thrive. Please contribute through https://goto.gg/31839.

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The Spafford Children’s Center is busy now—children are running through the halls, wearing their masks, to classes in Arabic, English, and math. In addition, there are new activities for mothers and children with the psychodrama specialist and instruction in painting from a local artist. Down the hall is a workshop for mothers to learn about positive parenting techniques, human growth and development milestones for children, and ways to deal with challenging behavior. There are more needs SCC wants to be able to meet and with help from supporters like you SCC will continue to lead in trauma-informed educational and therapeutic services for Palestinian children and the parents.

Look behind the masks to see the smiles, the joy, and the fun children and mothers find at the SCC. Since 1925 the Spafford Children’s Center has evolved to meet the needs of Palestinian families and children. With your help SCC will continue to be a place of hope and healing for children and their parents.

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American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center

Location: New Orleans, LA - USA
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Wendy Blome
New Orleans, LA United States
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