Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability

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

The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp

ABCD was approached by Al Arroub Refugee Camp Rehabilitation Centre for help and they have become our latest partner in 2019.

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

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

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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Field Visit - April 2016

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. ​​​​

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.’

 

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