ABCD improves the lives of children with disabilities
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.


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Nur Shams refugee camp is situated close to Tulkarem in north west Palestine’s West Bank. The camp was established in 1952 with a population of 3,000 people, it now houses 10,000 people.

The overcrowding is acute, with no outdoor public space, no playground, no park area or football ground. Electricity is intermittent and water rationed during the summer months.  Unemployment is around 60%, with up to 500 disabled people needing help.

At Nur Shams Rehabilitation Centre ABCD sponsors the salaries of a physiotherapist and a speech and language therapist. ABCD also funded, installed and supported the training and running costs of a sensory room which facilitates the holistic rehabilitation which can be adapted to the specific needs of each child.

‘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.’


With you help, the centre can:

  • Ensure children with physical disabilities receive the appropriate rehabilitation early in life
  • Utilise the sensory room to benefit children with cognitive difficulties
  • Identify and support children with hearing issues and visual Impairment
  • Provide trauma counselling 
  • Support families to continue care for their children at home
  • Work with the community to break down stigmas surrounding disabilties

Nur Shams Refugee Camp
Enjoying strengthening physio session
Early therapy can help prevent complications
Nur Shams Refugee Camp
With Firas Sirhan, ABCD's Project Manager
Nur Shams Refugee Camp
Physiotherapy in action
Nur Shams – Speech and Language
Speech therapy, to help with pronunciation
Nur Shams – Speech and Language
The centre is open for children from 6 months upwards
Nur Shams Refugee Camp
Nur Shams Refugee Camp
One step at a time
One step at a time

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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