​​Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability


Dedicated to improving the quality of life of disabled children in the West Bank
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Recent Field Visits

In October, 2016 Firas Sarhan led a field trip to ABCD's projects along with the Communications Team at ABCD.   To read their report, click the button below.

 Field Trip Report
October, 2016
In April, 2016 Firas Sarhan and Anthony Glaister engaged in our most recent field visit.   The purpose of the visit was to ensure that ABCD's funding was being spent where it was needed and to ascertain what is still needed to be done.
 
Here is some of what they found.


Nour Shams' specialists treat upto 12 children per month with cerebal palsy, spinal injury and other physical and learning disabilites thanks to ABCD funding.
​In Jalazone, upto 20 children are treated with cerebral palsy or other physical and learning difficulties with ABCD funding.
​ABCD is making a huge impact on these children in terms of supportand introducing quality to their lives through offering comprehensive rehabilitation programmes.

​​Field Report from Anthony Glaister - April, 2016

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.’