​​Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability


Improving the quality of life of children with disabilities across the West Bank
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ABCD Field Trip-
April 2016

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​​​Field Report from Anthony Glaister 

My first task as a new trustee was to see what we do, and my co-trustee Firas and my wife, Lucy, went in April. For a child growing up in camps like Jalazone and Nour Shams life is doubly difficult. Overcrowding, poor housing, zero pavements and rubbish collection, intermittent electricity and water, and little access to specialist rehabilitation.
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Gloom apart, the bright and well equipped disabled centres were havens of peace. We saw wonderful staff making life so much better for the children treated and always with great humour and dedication despite the privations of daily life under occupation. My special moment was seeing an after school class of boys with single parents learning to control their emotions. It brought home to us that so many children are traumatised and psychologically disabled by the situation knowing that third of the West Bank population have at some stage been arrested or worse. Our visit to the BASR hospital in Bethlehem and two surrounding camps showed us both the great outsourcing work we do there and the enormous need in areas without disabled centres. It’s really gratifying to see the priority given by the charity to staff training in sponsoring courses and in expanding multi-sensory facilities showing a real commitment to providing the best possible care. Going out there opens your eyes to both the challenges of the present and the opportunities for the future, transforming the lives and offering hope to our children and their families.

Quote: ‘We saw wonderful staff making life so much better for the children treated and always with great humour and dedication despite the privations of daily life under occupation.’