ABCD improves the lives of children with disabilities
across Palestine regardless of faith, race or gender

Humanity

The child, their family, their community and the therapists supporting them are at the heart of everything we do .

Neutrality

No matter what the situation is, ABCD will continue to support the most vulnerable wherever they are

Independence

We remain independent, focussing on the needs of the children our partners work with.

Impartiality

We support communities regardless of faith, race or gender.

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Our Story 

In 1985, Val Jourdan, Chair and Founder Trustee spent a year working as a paediatric physiotherapist in the West Bank.

Recognising the dire needs of disabled children and young adults in the area and with no one to take her place, Val and the late Georgina Mortimer, endeavoured to improve the situation. You can read more about the incredible work that Georgina achieved here and the unique sensory rooms and gardens created in her memory.

A year later Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD) was established as a UK registered charity, and so we began. 

  • The Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation through their Outreach Services and essential Music Therapy programme
  • The Sheepfold in Beit Sahour, run by Mary Rewers, provides day care for the most vulnerable and severely disabled children and young adults
  • In 2014, with the help of our Trustee Dr Firas Sarhan, we started supporting the rehabilitation centres of Nour Shams, Jalazone Refugee Camps, followed by Al Arroub Refugee Camp in 2019. 
  • Having supported our existing partners during the Covid-19 pandemic, we partnered with Ein Beit al Mar in 2022.

These centres have progressed and are seen by other professionals and families as regional centres of excellence. You can read more about what we do and our partners here

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Quote outside the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation
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Physiotherapy in action
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Zuhour - one of the first children ABCD worked with
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Nur Shams - speech therapy to help with pronunciation
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Play therapy
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Val Jourdan at Jalazone Refugee Camp

Friends of ABCD

Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability | Charity No:  1097623

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