Doha Mother & Child Community Center

Ongo­ing Projects

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 cen­ter and the opti­mal ser­vices it can provide.

There was con­sen­sus on the need to allo­cate the cen­ter 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 cen­ter’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 cen­ter 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 col­ors, 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 cen­ter 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 help­ing 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.

By Ahmad Hif­nawi — BDF Devel­op­ment Coordinator