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Post Trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-Detainee Children Project.

Since the second Intifada, the Israeli military forces have arrested and imprisoned over 6000 children (under 18 years of age). About 700 children per year, at that time,. Were detained and have gone through the same process of arrest and imprisonment to which adults were exposed. This project aims at helping those children overcome the psychological impact of this harsh experience as well as helping them integrate into their societies.

The project started in April 2009 with the generous funding of the European Commission for humanitarian AID (ECHO).

Upon the implementation of a needs assessment, the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program in partnership with Save the Children initiated the “Post Trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children” project. The project, which is implemented by East Jerusalem Rehabilitation Program in 11 areas in West Bank, Provides a holistic approach of intervention with the beneficiaries and their families. Beneficiaries of the project also obtain vocational and academic guiding sessions, and are engaged in structured ventilation activities through which they are given the chance to interact with each other and release some of the stress and anxiety caused by their detention experience in a stimulating and safe environment.

Download the project brochure

Download the child friendly brochure

Read a report conducted in August 2008, to assess Palestinian children's needs and rights after detention.

Read the Press Release of the Launch Event of the project in May 2009

Fact Sheet on Palestinian Child Detainees-June 2009

A summary of the findings of a Baseline Study : The impact of Detention on Palestinian Ex-detainee Children and their Families. Download full Findings here

Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children: A Glimpse of Hope for Youth Liberated from Detention: Download the factsheet, April 2010

Download the Story on the UN Day in support of Victim of Torture, July 2010

Read about a group of 10 boys who have recently completed their group counselling sessions here., August 2010

See photo-book with pictures from a workshop held with Palestinian photographer Khaled Jarrar and Palestinian ex-detainee children

Fact Sheet on Palestinian Child Detainees – November 2010

Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 2010

Ayat starts a new chapter in her life - June 2010 - Meet Ayat, who was 15 years old when she was detained. As part of the Rehabilitation Programme she had the opportunity to pursue a vocational training course in her passion, which is photography, and today she works for a photography studio in the West Bank.

Looking forward to a bright future - July 2010 - A story about the Vocational Training Component of the Rehabilitation Programme for ex-detainee children.

"A Change from Inside" - When a dream begins - July 2010 - The Remedial Education in maths and English provided by the Rehabilitation Programme helped Hamza to catch up with his peers on what he had missed during his period of detention.

Fact Sheet on the Findings of the Impact of detention on Palestinian ex-detainee children and their families - July 2010

Download a notebook designed as part of the project. The English translation of the content of the notebook is available here.

Download an Arabic Power Point Presentation here.




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