I-CAN, our Independent Living Center in Gaza
Opened on April 24 2019, the Center for Independent Life for people with disabilities was created in Gaza City within the I-Can project: Independence, Capabilities, Autonomy, Inclusion promoted by EducAid and funded by the Italian Agency for Cooperation Development, with the partnership of the Center for Autonomy in Rome. The structure – which has as its objective the independence and self-determination of people with disabilities – constitutes a unique and innovative reality within a complex context such as the Palestinian one, and in Gaza in particular. The proposed approach is global and focuses on supporting people with disabilities in a socio-economic empowerment process to reduce the discomfort that is often aggravated by the absence of job and relationship opportunities. The Center distributes aids and provides services aimed at people with disabilities and their families, thanks to a multidisciplinary team of professionals that also includes the figures of au pair consultants, i.e. persons with disabilities who act as role models in a path of inner growth aimed at emancipation.
New aids for the I-CAN center in the Gaza Strip
March 2020: the aids sent from Italy to our Center for the Independent Life of People with Disabilities I-CAN, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, make their entry into the Gaza Strip. A huge range of products adapted according to user needs, thanks to the advice of the Center for Autonomy in Rome: 66 wheelchairs for children and adults, 21 postural systems between cushions and backs for all ages, 13 walkers, 10 aids for adapting the bathroom, 7 stabilizers and transfer systems, 21 pieces of materials for adapting the functions of the hands, 53 aids for everyday activities, 32 technological aids for facilitating communication, 60 spare parts of manual and electric wheelchairs, scooters and much more. Special recognition for the support provided by UNDP Palestinian for facilitating entry operations.
A beauty salon for everyone
Eman and Mona are two deaf girls from Gaza. In this video they describe their micro-enterprise project, if they can find the necessary funds to carry it out, they can finally achieve economic independence and social recognition within the community. The project «A beauty salon for all» is part of the «I start again from me» fundraising campaign organized by EducAid to finance 34 micro-enterprise projects for disabled women in Gaza.
Dina, Eman, Sawsan are featured in the short movie. Three women with disabilities living in the Gaza Strip that thanks to the INCLUDE project, made by EducAid in collaboration with RIDS – Italian Network Disability and Development, had the chance to attend workshops, meetings, activities that led them, step by step, to realize their professional ideas and to know their rights of women with disabilities thereby acquiring decision-making power over their lives. The INCLUDE project aims to combat discrimination faced by disabled people in Palestine in the Gaza Strip by promoting rights and economic and social empowerment.
Three stories tell about Gaza and its inhabitants.
Video produced by Consolato Generale d’Italia a Gerusalemme, Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo (Ministero Affari degli Esteri) in collaboration with EducAid Onlus.
Active participation and social inclusion of disabled people in Palestine through the empowerment of local DPO’s.