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Al Sendibad Cultural Center for Children was established in 1993 by the Rehabilitation Center for Cerebral Palsy Children, a project of the Benevolent Society for the Gaza Strip which functions to provide care, training, treatment and rehabilitation for Cerebral Palsy (CP) children, helping them to integrate into the community by building their self-confidence and strength and equipping them with sufficient skills (e.g. reading, writing, using a computer) to attend conventional government schools. Its Cultural Center provides a valuable forum for creative interaction between CP and non-CP children, teaching both groups that they need not fear one another.
Comprising a multi-purpose hall with adjacent activities areas, the Center has its own resident seven-person adult performing troupe which specialises in children’s entertainment (including clowning, music and puppetry) and a (non-CP) children’s music and dance troupe. Both adult and children’s troupes perform regularly in the Cultural Center to invited audiences of schoolchildren who are then given the opportunity to interact with CP children from the Rehabilitation Center. The two performing troupes also tour the Gaza Strip, performing in schools, community centers and refugee camps.
Al Sendibad Cultural Centre organises handicraft workshops for CP children and sells the various arts and crafts produced by them in its foyer. Like the Rashad Shawwa Cultural Centre the Rehabilitation Center for Cerebral Palsy Children and its Al-Sendibad Cultural Center for Children are run by the Benevolent Society for the Gaza Strip which, prior to the establishment of the PNA, carried out many of the functions associated with government and could rely on a constant source of revenue from the issue of permits to visit Jordan.