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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Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)

We have worked with our long-term partners, BASR for over 30 years.

Currently, ​ABCD supports the running of BASR's Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, who work across the Greater Bethlehem and Hebron region, and the BASR's Music Therapy Programme.

ABCD’s particular area of interest and help is supporting the BASR’s Outreach Programme. The Outreach Team consists of a multi-disciplined team of professionals and health workers who work through local community centres, schools and with families stretching deep in to remote rural areas.

ABCD’s Individual Needs Programme provides funds help in the form of technical assistance such as wheelchairs, walking aids, medical boots, made to measure supports for backs, and other joints, also hearings aids, eyeglasses, transport for treatment, short term rehabilitation therapy sessions, corrective surgery and home modifications. These needs are identified and assessed by the Outreach Team and referred to us through BASR’s project manager.​

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. It is the policy of the BASR that, wherever possible, these young people are accompanied by their mother, or family member, who stays with them throughout this time. This way the child, and mother, are less traumatised by the experience and the mother learns how to handle the child and their treatment when back at home. ​

It is incredible how far just a little support can go. Funding is needed so that many more children currently on waiting lists can be helped.

Physiotherapy, occupational, speech or music therapy - £10 a session
Made to measure back moulds for wheelchairs - £200
Walking aids - £60
Ankle sprints - £50
Eye glasses - £60
Orthopaedic consultation - £15
Transport to and from hospital - £8
Cost of child inpatient stay - £100
Hearing aid - £250
Wheelchair - £450
Basic kit for music therapy - £55
Other aids and therapies from £17

Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
Palestinian dabke dancers from the Ghirass Centre
Palestinian dabke dancers from the Ghirass Centre
Amira – one of ABCD’s beneficiaries
Amira – one of ABCD’s beneficiaries
Lara Madge, ABCD Trustee, with boys at the Al Arroub Refugee Camp
Lara Madge, ABCD Trustee, with boys at the Al Arroub Refugee Camp
Speech and language therapy in action
Speech and language therapy in action
Dabke dancers at the BASR
Dabke dancers at the BASR

Some of the friends of ABCD

Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability | Charity No:  1097623

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