Abir is a joyful and very lively child. She has been attending our school for two years. In her family, deafness is widespread: the mother and two of the three children are profoundly deaf. Also, four maternal brothers have problems with hearing. This shows how the genetic reason of this disease is underestimated in Palestine, where the closure of the territories greatly amplifies the problem.

Abir lives at school during the week, since her residence is quite far from Bethlehem, but on weekends she come back at home to her family. Initially Abir was very aggressive and could not control her emotions. After overcoming the inevitable initial difficulties of adaptation at school, she became more serene, she learned to be autonomous, to relate to other people, to collaborate with teachers and speech therapists. This year her little sister will also start attending school.