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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The Sheepfold

The Sheepfold – continuing to give vital help and support to the most severely disabled children.

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.

The special needs classes, development activities, physiotherapy and small-scale humanitarian aid to the children and their families, including medical expenses, that The Sheepfold offers are critical for these most needy of children.

There’s one precious new face this year, a very sweet little girl, Dunia*, with Down’s Syndrome and speech delay. She’s settled in very well and loves to learn on the computer using a programme for those with such special needs. She’s also been given remedial exercises by the speech therapist to help improve her breathing.

It’s wonderful that Ahmed* is still with us as a year ago the doctors didn’t really expect him to live much longer due to his age and profound disability. He’s still weak and poorly, but his health has improved a little. He loves coming to The Sheepfold and we endeavour to make what remains of his life as happy as possible. He has two physiotherapy sessions per week – one at the centre and one at home.

It was so good to be able to provide three special needs buggies (for larger children) for one mother of two siblings with disabilities caused by a rare disease and the grandmother of another girl with severe disabilities, for use in their homes. They were purchased and brought out by ABCD in January this year at a fraction of their real cost. Heartfelt thanks to them from a very happy mother and grandmother and the children of course!

(*Names of all the children have been changed)

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The Sheepfold Nativity
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Ribhi and Jinan
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Some of the friends of ABCD

Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability | Charity No:  1097623

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