Christina, during her psychomotor therapy session, overcoming obstacles to reach the end of the course. | © HI
For the first few years of her life, Christina hardly communicated at all. Today, thanks to HI, there is visible and very encouraging progress.
Christina is 4 years old. She has language difficulties and a slight intellectual disability. Thanks to HI, she is benefitting from an adapted education.
Christina is four years old. She is the youngest of three siblings. Her family lives in precarity. Their income from the hummus factory is not enough to support them.
When she was two, Christina's mother, Rouchim, noticed that Christina was not communicating in the same way as her siblings at the same age. She became concerned and started looking for answers and available services.
The family contacted GENIUS School, a special school for children with disabilities. Christina's initial assessment confirmed language difficulties and a mild intellectual disability. She communicated only by pointing, eye contact and hand gestures.
Christina was then enrolled in the "Inclusion in special education of children with moderate and severe disabilities" project, implemented by HI in partnership with GENIUS School. The programme is funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and the Relief Center (KSRelief), in partnership with UNICEF.
The programme offers weekly rehabilitation services such as speech therapy, psychomotor therapy, psychological support, parental guidance, classroom assistance and support.
Thanks to the support provided by a multidisciplinary team, Christina's communication skills are improving. The project has also had a positive impact on her daily activities and social inclusion. Today, Christina is able to communicate her thoughts and needs and understand instructions, which is boosting her self-confidence and social skills.
"Last year we were desperate and sad. I thought my child would never talk and never be able to go out and play with all the other children or even be accepted by others. Now our life has changed, we are very happy. Christina is able to communicate with us.”
Rouchim, Christina's mother
Christina's parents strongly believe in her right to education and will continue to advocate for equal access to services.