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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Our Story is Your 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 late Lord Cheshire, Patron of ABCD, donated a piece of land for the building of the Beit Jala Rehabilitation Centre run by the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR).

Today, ABCD supports the Community Based Rehabilitation Outreach services.

The Sheepfold, run by the incredible Mary Rewers, soon became another partner, providing day care for the most vulnerable and severely disabled children and young adults.

In 2014, with the help of our Trustee Firas Sarhan, we started supporting the rehabilitation centres of Nour Shams and Jalazone Refugee Camps. Through their hard work and dedication they have progressed to be the regional centres of excellence which other professionals and families recognise them as.

In recent years, under the superb guidance of Trustee Claire Tillotson, ABCD has been able to support the provision of Music Therapy at the BASR.

Today, we work through our brilliant partners to maintain the highest possible level of professional knowledge, equipment, and services we possible can.

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Quote from the plaque outside the Bethlehem Rehabilitation Centre in Beit Jala.
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rehabilitation centres of Nour Shams and Jalazone Refugee Camps.
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unique sensory rooms and gardens
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