Atfaluna Crafts is an income-generation project of Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, the only institution in the Gaza Strip devoted to education and services of people with hearing disabilities. Founded in 1992, the Society offers academic education for 250 deaf children and serves more than 5,000 hearing-impaired people and their families annually through its speech pathology and clinical audiology programs and community outreach activities. Of the 148-member staff of the Society, 40% are hearing-impaired.
Atfaluna Crafts was born out of the need for vocational training for hearing-impaired adults. The participants themselves decided to turn the vocational program into an income-generation project, run primarily by deaf adults. Today, the project encompasses wood carpentry, ceramics, embroidery and sewing, and painting. Atfaluna has also kept alive successfully the weaving technique of Majdalawi, a renowned textile from the city of al-Majdal in southern Historic Palestine. In addition to its employees, Atfaluna Crafts provides income for 250 women who work from home to produce embroideries.
The impressive quality and stunning design of their crafts, home accessories and furniture are a testament to Atfaluna's vision and dedication, which have succeeded in bringing out the talents and creativity of people who have long been stigmatized and neglected.
Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
72 Philistin Street, Gaza City
PO Box 44, Gaza Strip
Tel: (+972) 08-282-8495
Fax: (+972) 08-286-5468