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Moving It For The Rohingya


The Rohingya people have been cruelly tormented by their home country, Myanmar. They have been fleeing Myanmar for years and live in impoverished, terrible conditions wherever they are. One tends to feel helpless when we see so much suffering far away, but now a much-awaited initiative has been launched by the Founder of Hope for Exceptional Needs and my good friend Dr. Uzma Raheem.

From the 19th September to 1st October you can now participate in a clothing drive for some of the Rohingya people settled in Hyderabad. Please drop off clothes, blankets, bedsheets, undergarments and socks at the locations mentioned below. Spread the word to your friends and your neighbours. Let’s work together to make this campaign a success!

For Jeddah Only

What you will pack in the cartons will not be clothing, it will be your Akhirah. Pack accordingly.

Clothing is the most visible and the most agonizing and obvious part of poverty. This campaign is meant to bring some relief to those Rohingyas undergoing genocide. Its also meant to bring dignity and some sense of normalcy to these poor displaced group.

“They are your brothers, give them to wear what you wear and give them to eat what you eat” Prophet Mohammed SAW

Keeping this wisdom and guidance in mind, we need to make sure of the following:

 No dirty, torn and unwashed clothing/undergarment/lingerie
No buttons missing please
No soleless and damaged shoes or shoes with heels
No brassiere with missing hooks and straps

♥️We appreciate and thank everyone who can wash and iron what they give. Let us give with respect and dignity.

The miracle of this life is that when we heal a vulnerable and fragile soul, our own soul heals.

Let us heal together.

📍NOTE-
collection drop off points only for material items. For funds please contact the assigned persons listed for the Khak e Taiba Trust.

Counselling for Mothers


The Hope Centre presents their second signature event MIND, BODY AND SOUL.


♥️One for the Blessed Moms♥️


We’ve all had moments when life’s demands left us feeling stressed and scattered. In these moments, it’s helpful to have some simple tools to help us gain composure and come back to our center.

Join the Hope Center for FREE to destress through various methods:

🔸Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

🔸Vision Boards

🔸Yoga for a calming meditation

🔸Zumba to release your “feel good chemicals”.

Learn through a board certified therapist how to overcome bouts of depression and anxiety.

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First preference will be for moms of children with special needs and then for those moms who are depressed in general.

2nd Annual Pediatric Screening


Project Mercy of Madinah and Hope Center are teaming up for the Second Annual Pediatric screening event to be held in Madinah on the 25th and 26th of December, 2015.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to go to AdDaar hospital right across from Masjid Quba, and enquire about their child’s development, regardless of whether they have already been diagnosed or not. The screening is completely free of charge.

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Uzma Raheem, director of Hope Center says, “Residents of Madinah, here is your chance to avail diagnostic and therapeutic consultancy for free for your child. If your child has problems in behaviour, speech, reading, writing, walking, medical or psychological, join the event at Al Daar Hospital, opposite Masjid Quba.”

 

 

 

What about the Moms?


It is all too easy to forget about the Carer, the person who is expected to keep it all together 24/7. For the first time, an event was arranged for mothers of children with special needs at the HOPE Center in April.  Moms were taken completely by surprise with the events of the day as they were pampered and indulged, and returned home feeling calmer and happier, ready to face a new day.

Between 9am-1pm, mothers were guided through a series of events which included counselling activities, group discussion and relaxation. The energy levels gradually increased over the morning, reaching a crescendo with a Zumba session. Thanks to generous sponsorship from local companies, the ladies went home with an ample goodie bag along with a sense of rejuvenation.

The schedule for the day had deliberately been kept secret so as to surprise the mothers, who came with open-minds and open hearts.

Uzma Raheem, The Center Director, said: “We hope this will be a first in a series of workshops for the parents. Our aim is to continue to provide psycho-education, boost morale and build support between the mothers.

Head of student affairs and counseling, Kim Lyon, said: “We did a pre- and post-test to see the change in the mothers’ moods.  The forms showed a significant increase in positive feelings, which was very rewarding for us.

“Every lady who attended said they would like to see more of such workshops, and we believe that these can make a big difference to their general well-being. It is exciting to be facilitating such programs here in Jeddah.”

If you were one of the moms present, we would love to hear your thoughts. Drop a quick comment to let us know. Or even if you were not there, what do you think of this initiative?

Summer Camp: Summer of Therapies


HOPE- For Exceptional Needs presents a one of a kind school for kids this summer.

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✦ Speech Therapy
✦ Physiotherapy
✦ Occupational Therapy (sensory integrated activities)
✦ Therapeutic Sessions (for learning difficulties)

Independent outpatient sessions for the same are open for children in mainstream schools requiring additional assistance in specialized areas.

❯ BOOK YOUR SPOT
Email: info@hopeksa.org
Call us: 0566956887 / 0566631176 / 0598599573

The Best Mom in the World!


HOPE – For Exceptional Needs brings a one-of-a-kind event for Mothers of children with special needs!

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Date: 25th April, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: HOPE – For Exceptional Needs

All mothers of children with special needs are welcome.

This event is FREE

Please contact us to book your spot as attendance is limited.

RSVP by 20th April, 2015
Email: info@hopeksa.org
Or call Hope to book your spot for the retreat: 0566956887 / 0566631176 / 0598599573

Project Mercy: A FREE Screening Event


Project Mercy of Madinah Munawwarah and the HOPE Center in Jeddah present to you the first ever Pediatric Therapeutic Screening Event.

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Date: 28 March, 2015

Time: 8am-3pm

Location: Ad-Daar Hospital (right across the street from Masjid Quba in Madinah Munawwarah)

If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up with name and time slot of your availability. We are looking for more translators and responsible teens to help out with siblings. (For teens, please include age).

There is also space left if you’d like your child to be screened (quick consult with specialists/professionals)

Questions? Confirmations? Email them to madinah@itherapies.info

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Hope Receives 3rd Grant from Boeing


Jeddah Blog was truly honoured to receive an invitation to HOPE – For Exceptional Needs’ award ceremony in February, whereby Hope was bestowed its third grant from Boeing. Having visited the HOPE Centre last in the summer of 2014, I was pleasantly surprised to note many improvements from the construction (such as the bridge between both buildings), to the facilities provided to children (for example the much-improved library and the sensory room).

The event itself was not only very well-organised, but I was struck by the politeness, helpfulness and hospitality of all of the Hope staff present. There was a great degree of attention to detail in the table settings, flower arrangements, food menu, down to the perfectly sharpened pencils and writing pads placed on each table for note-taking purposes.

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Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed


For a very good cause, obtain your very own signed copy of Reclaim Your Heart, personal insights on breaking free from life’s shackles, by Yasmin Mogahed.

All funds will be used for children with special needs at Hope – for Exceptional Needs.

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Free Screening for Children at Hope for Exceptional Needs


As a continuation of its tireless efforts, the Hope Centre is holding a free screening event for parents who feel that there may be some problems with their child’s speech, posture, reading, writing or memory.

This should come as welcome relief to parents who suspect their child may be struggling in any of the above areas, and would like a professional opinion on the condition of their child. Hope will also be conducting diagnostics to check if any child is on the spectrum or displaying sings of ADHD, or any other kind of disability or disorder of any kind.

Free Screening for Kids at Hope

What is free screening?

Free screening means assessing your child to see if he/she has any kind of disability or disorder or delay in milestones. Since there is no lab or blood test to tell if your child may have a developmental delay, speech or physical problem the screening will help tell, if your child needs to see a specialist for further tests.

What happens in free screening?

The child gets diagnosed to find out if s/he has any developmental delay, speech, physical or psychological problem.

How does it help?

When any disability is not recognized early, it becomes difficult for children to get the help they need. Many children have delays in language and/or other areas. But, less than half of the children with problems are identified before starting school. During this time, if the child could have received help for these problems he/she may have entered school more ready to learn.

Who needs screening?

Children who show hyperactivity and attention problems, have problems with reading, spellings and retaining matter, writing problems like illegible writing, children showing delay in speech and delay in physical milestones are the people who need screening.

What are HOPE doing?

The Hope Centre is conducting a simple diagnosis for the children to find out whether they need any sort of assistance in the 4 major areas of speech, physiotherapy, psychological and educational.

They are also conducting IQ testing and checking to diagnose for any kind of disability or disorder.

The event is open to all. Call the Hope Centre to book a slot. All details are in the flyer above.

Uzma Raheem – A Beacon of Hope for Children with Exceptional Needs


In this blog post, I am particularly proud to be able to introduce you to a lady who has, and continues to inspire me and countless others. Her non-stop positive attitude is infectious and the sheer energy, determination, drive and passion she draws upon and imparts to those around her makes me wonder whether she might just be super-human. Uzma Raheem is a force of nature, and a shining source of support and hope to many families here in Jeddah. Jeddah Blog writer Anousha Vakani sat down with Uzma earlier this month to chat with her about the inception and growth of the Hope Center, its success stories and the challenges she faces.

Uzma Raheem after winning her 9th International award in 15 years.

Uzma Raheem after winning her 9th International award in 15 years.

The Hope Center needs little introduction – the people of Jeddah, the rest of KSA and even abroad have watched it grow from a summer programme held in a tiny apartment to a full-fledged multi-cultural institute that has won a total of nine international awards in just fifteen years. Yet, the Center’s founder and directress, Uzma Raheem, speaks to us about the Center’s growth with paramount humility. She is not oblivious to the lives she has touched but her pride lies in the teamwork and dedication that is the foundation of this ‘life-skills institute,’ as she prefers to call it.

Baking activity with the children.

Baking activity with the children.

She admits that not even in her wildest dreams did she imagine that her efforts would grow to this magnitude. Even receiving a licence from the Ministry was inconceivable, let alone gaining both national and international recognition and awards. However, she says the Center is not just about her efforts, “it is a community project, a joint effort with so many supporters and well-wishers. We have very dedicated, compassionate staff and in fifteen years we have managed to establish our credibility in the market so yes, people know that Hope for Exceptional Needs does deliver.” However, it’s not an easy task – one struggle is that of finding trained staff. The Center started off with just two or three volunteers at one time working with an average of six to nine students. It has grown to a full-sized institute with fifty staff members but it is still a struggle. One reason for this, Uzma Raheem notes is that, “universities are churning out students but guess what? They’re taking their degrees and working in other fields that pay more. You cannot get into this field with a commercial mindset, especially if you’re working with disabled children. You’ve got to have the compassion as well. If you’re thinking of the rewards of both this life and the after, then yes, come in to this field where the salary may not be that high but the job satisfaction is tremendous.”

The children with their toys.

The children with their toys.

The job satisfaction is another factor we discuss, and her contentment is hard to misplace. She mentions the success stories, of fourteen children who have been integrated into mainstream education, one who has gotten a job and one who has gotten married. “Three children came into the center who could not even walk and today when I see them running in the hallways, I think my heart leaps behind them. I sleep with a lot of peace in my heart. It’s that fantastic.” When asked about the struggles that come with her job, she sighs and admits that there are many, as with any other job. “Apart from the financial aspect and the shortage of resources, I have to say the children are the easiest part of my job. One of the most difficult parts is actually dealing with the parents. While some parents come in with this wealth of knowledge and acceptance of what their child is going through, and that’s half of our job done – when the parents meet us midway – some parents are, unfortunately less educated or educated and in denial or under severe depression – those are the families that are a challenge to work with, but it is part of the package.”

Martial arts training at the Center.

Martial arts training at the Center.

Among others, the center offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy and speech and hearing therapy. While they do not set an age limit, Uzma Raheem encourages parents to admit their children as early as possible. “A young child is like freshly kneaded dough and you can mould them out into any shape you want, whereas an older child is like slightly stale dough and if your try too hard to make any shape out of them, they break.”

The children on a visit to Makkah. Hope for Exceptional Needs.

The children on a visit to Makkah.

Religion is also a major point of focus at the Hope Center. The Muslim children are taught basic du’as, the ritual of wudu and etiquette for visiting the Holy Mosque. Regular trips are also made to Makkah where the children make tawaaf and implement all that they’ve learnt. “I think religion plays a big part, and not just for the children but for us as well, in finding comfort that a higher power is looking after our children,” Uzma Raheem muses as a wrap up to our brief but enlightening conversation. To learn more about the Hope Center’s programmes and to follow their progress, join Hope- for exceptional needs on Facebook. Check out their website too, expected to go live in a few days’ time.

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