Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability

Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities across the West Bank

Nur Shams Refugee Camp

The children clearly enjoy their treatments – to watch a child of four who has never walked take his first steps, initially aided by the parallel bars and then to launch off unaided is truly wonderful

Nur Shams Refugee Camp

The children clearly enjoy their treatments – to watch a child of four who has never walked take his first steps, initially aided by the parallel bars and then to launch off unaided is truly wonderful

Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation

Some children will be admitted to the BASR for initial diagnosis and treatment. They will then be set on a rehabilitation programme before they return home.

Jalazone Refugee Camp

​​Life for refugee children in this camp is particularly harsh. Unemployment stands at 60%, there are high levels of disability, with limited services in place to address this. The supply of water to the camp is often rationed, and extreme poverty and overcrowding prevail.

The Sheepfold

Despite the upsurge of violence across the region, The Sheepfold continues to help children and young people with a wide range of special needs, especially those with no other place to go with severe disabilities.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a powerful medium which helps children who may struggle to express themselves. This project was initiated in 2015 by ABCD Trustee and Music Therapist, Canon Claire Tillotson, in conjunction with Paediatric Psychiatrist Dr Souha Shehadeh, who leads the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) Mental Health Team.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a powerful medium which helps children who may struggle to express themselves. This project was initiated in 2015 by ABCD Trustee and Music Therapist, Canon Claire Tillotson, in conjunction with Paediatric Psychiatrist Dr Souha Shehadeh, who leads the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) Mental Health Team.

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ABCD Carol Concert 2017

ABCD's inauguaral Carol Concert was held last night in the stunning St George's Bloomsbury.

Having been prompted by the Reverand Daniel Burton, ABCD Trustee and compere for the evening, to "sing out and sing loud" everyone was full of voice as the congregational carols took us from the England of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen to the Palestine of O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The supreme choir of St Mary's Shortlands, directed with consummate professionalism by Canon Claire Tillotson, ABCD Trustee, performed beautifully choral pieces such as the Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter and John Gardener's The Holly and the Ivy. ​

All this was interspersed with choice readings from John Betjeman, the Bible, and the Quaran, with the Reverand Daniel Burton, another ABCD Trustee, leading us through proceedings intertwining ABCD's story with that of Palestine past and present.

Afterwards, in great Palestinian fashion, we gathered together for Holy Land Cake,

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, and all those who supported us from afar.​​

ABCD Carol Concert 2017
The choir of St Mary's, Shortlands and ABCD supporters
ABCD Carol Concert 2017
ABCD Carol Concert 2017
ABCD Carol Concert 2017
ABCD Carol Concert 2017

Some of the friends of ABCD

Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability | Charity No:  1097623

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