NUR SHAMS REFUGEE CAMP
‘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 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.
The families of treated children are encouraged to share similar and solve problems and build community support networks as they can feel very isolated.
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