Jalazone Refugee Camp
Jalazone Refugee Camp near Ramallah, opened in 1948 for 3,500 residents for displaced families, now houses 15,000.
The Camp occupies two square kilometres, the same footprint in 1948. Schools for Camp children, run by UNWRA (United Nations Works Relief Agency) had to be built outside the camp, presenting problems due to an Israeli Settlement, Bet El, nearby. The tension between the Camp’s residents and those of the Settlement is an everyday occurrence.
Life for refugee children in this camp is particularly harsh. Unemployment stands at 60%, there are high levels of disability with limited services. The supply of water to the camp is often rationed, and extreme poverty and overcrowding prevail.
Jalazone Rehabilitation Centre was in poor conditions and in dire need of refurbishment and equipment. ABCD has and refurbishes and extended treatment and provided up to date equipment.