The Slovenia Times

Children from Gaza in Slovenia for Rehabilitation


This is the 12th group of children from Gaza to arrive for treatment in Slovenia under the auspices of the foundation of Danilo Türk, Slovenia's former president, the Let Them Dream Foundation said on Monday.

The funds for the rehabilitation of the latest group of children, who are accompanied by a therapist, have been secured by Qatar, which had already backed the project in 2010.

A total of 106 children have arrived for rehabilitation in Slovenia since 2009 when the humanitarian project initiated by the former president was launched.

Twenty Palestinian therapists have also been trained at the Soča University Institute of Rehabilitation so far so they can continue with some elements of the rehabilitation process at home.

Apart from daily medical treatment, the children will benefit from leisure activities organised by a group of volunteers of the Islamic Community in Slovenia.

The foundation is planning to involve 100 more children in the programme by the end of 2017, hoping to include badly injured children from Syria who are now in refugee camps in Jordan and elsewhere.

The foundation's efforts have been supported by the Foreign Ministry and the country's diplomatic and consular missions in the region, as well as by Ljubljana airport and energy company Petrol.

The children have arrived aboard a special aircraft of Jordan Aviation. The private carrier has so far provided free flights for eight groups of Palestinian children.


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