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across Palestine regardless of faith, race or gender


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


We ensure child-centred holistic care remains at the heart of everything we do .


We have hope that sustainable and accessible care is possible for all.


Working with children and their families in their communities enables generational change.


The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp

Al Arroub Refugee Camp, home to 10,000 refugees, is located in the southern part of the West Bank between Bethlehem and Hebron. Its newly re-opened rehabilitation centre provides services for 250 children with disabilities. The local volunteer team, all professionals, need your help to progress treatment of these children.

Al Arroub Refugee Camp Rehabilitation Centre became our partner in 2019. ABCD Trustee and Project Manager Firas Sarhan collaborated with the very admirable Ibrahim Sabatin, Manager, and ABCD’s Field Advisor, Manar Jaber, Bethlehem University, on a list of needs and costs.

ABCD helped with basic redecoration and reconstruction to create a more therapeutic space and to fund basic necessary physiotherapy equipment – but more is needed. A physiotherapist, play therapist and speech therapist are now working at the centre on a voluntary basis.

Life is changing for Mohammed
Mohammed is 15. He had a bad fall when 2 ½ years old and is a paraplegic due to spinal injuries. He is given resistance limb treatment by Ahmad Karma (pictured), the just-qualified physiotherapist on an especially-adapted bed (funded by ABCD) three times a week for 1 – 1 ½ hour sessions.

His paraplegia had been made worse due to lack of intervention at an early age and he now needs an operation for tendon treatment to avoid more elbow calcification. He is learning to balance in the sitting position.

He has a wheelchair adapted by Bethlehem-based Richard of Wheelchair Angels and goes to school, a bright, cheerful boy who is given quite a comprehensive physio going-over by Ahmad.

(Photo: Mohammed being given physiotherapy by Ahmed.)

13 yr old hemiparisis

One step at a time

The progress of this 13 year old boy has been fantastic to see. Before starting rehabilitation he lacked the confidence and strength to walk independently. With intensive physiotherapy and the support of his family, his gait and balance has improved considerably.   

Our aims for the future are to:

  • Assist with the funding of salaries 
  • Continue to build the therapeutic possibilities at the centre 
  • Strengthen Al Arroub's connections with ABCD's other partners to benefit from their shared knowledge 
  • Improve the integration of children with disabilities in all community activities

The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp
Learning to count at Al Arroub
The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp
A child's family are a key part to their journey
The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp
Physiotherapy in action
The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp
Getting stronger by using Al Arroub's parallel bars
The Centre for Rehabilitation Al Arroub Camp
Physiotherapy in action
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Summer Camp Al Arroub

How You Can Help

The economic situation continues to deterioriate across the region, and all our partners need your support to keep meeting the needs of their communities. Please help them by clicking here to donate today. 

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