The Bethlehem Development Foundation and the Doha Municipality are developing an operational plan for the Hussam and Suhair Abu Issa Mother and Child Community Center. The Foundation has used the expertise of its board members and external experts to survey community needs in and around Doha to determine the purpose of the centre and the optimal services it can provide.

There was consensus on the need to allocate the centre to serve women and to work on operating it as a tool for empowering women socially and economically through programs and projects that the foundation will seek in partnership with the municipality to guide the centre’s management to formulate them. However, this requires, at the outset, the preparation of an in-depth study that clearly sets out the vision and objectives, an operational plan and an organizational structure that will gain the centre sufficient confidence and standards that qualify it to present these projects to local and international partners concerned in the sector of empowering Palestinian women.

The cooperation that started 6 years ago, between the foundation and with the Municipality of Doha is still ongoing to develop an implementation plan with clear steps and a timeframe that allows the Doha Municipality to maximize the potential benefit for the whole allocated component.

Mother-Child life-transforming Program

Part of the constructed building will be used by the women of the community for physical exercise and indoor sports using specialized training equipment to help improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of the women of the community.

Community-Based Preschool Education Program for Children

Skills such as naming colours, showing affection, and hopping on one foot are called developmental milestones.

Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping).

Women Physical and Health Empowerment ‑Sports Center

In the community centre Health and Fitness section we offer a superb variety of exercise classes, sports lessons, fitness groups and leisure activities for all women. We help them gain confidence and wellbeing, but most of all help them to enjoy exercise and sports.

E-learning Program

The aim of the capacity-building intervention is to initiate skill development and introduce foundational concepts in support of engaging online learners.

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