Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for children with disabilities

Country: Israel/Palestine
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Project Information

Empowering children with disabilities and their families through comprehensive rehabilitation and inclusive education

Describe the need affecting community

Children with disabilities (CWD) in Palestine face enormous barriers to education, inclusion and acceptance and are often subject to unfair treatment because of their conditions.

UNICEF reports, “Palestinian children with disabilities typically face a particularly dire situation, given the levels of cultural stigma directed at disability and the protracted conflict that surrounds them, which has devastated infrastructure, fractured the economy and overwhelmed service providers.”

Every child counts: understanding the needs and perspectives of children with disabilities in the State of Palestine, 2016

The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre focuses on one of this report’s key recommendations, which emphasizes the first years of children’s lives as the most critical in terms of preventing longer-term disability: To improve early detection and implement community and facility-based early intervention programs.

Children with disabilities remain one of the most marginalized groups in Palestine, isolated in their communities and with limited access to health care services and education. According to statistics from the Palestinian Census Bureau (2020), they comprise approximately 15% of all Palestinian children under 18.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

This project will support our multidisciplinary Outreach and Rehabilitation teams:

  • Children with disabilities will be assessed in towns and villages across the West Bank.
  • Best practices will be disseminated to clinics and practitioners across the West Bank.
  • Children with the most advanced needs will receive residential care and treatment at our center in Jerusalem through our Child Rehabilitation Program.
  • Families will be enrolled in our Mother and Family Empowerment Program to train and support them in their home therapy plans and the needs and rights of their children.

Describe the primary goal of the project

Children with disabilities and their families in the West Bank enjoy improved well-being through early medical intervention, specialized rehabilitation therapy and capacity building for local Community-Based Rehabilitation Organizations.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project

  • Increased reach to children with disabilities in the West Bank is achieved.
  • Lives of children with disabilities are improved.
  • Families of children with disabilities are empowered.
  • Best clinical practices are shared.

Contact Information

Global Ministries Contact

Ms. Violette Mubarak
Executive Director