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PAG122 Shelter for disabled children

project description

Arabic children with multiple disabi­lities, living on the West Bank, are ignored by the society. People behave like the children do not exist. At the same time, people have limited knowledge on how to help those children. The organi­sation Jemima started the program ‘Home Based Inter­vention’. This program aims to assist family members of disabled children to keep on living in their own house, while taking care of their children. That is how Jemima works on accep­tance of these vulne­rable, valuable children.

why this project?

In the Arabic world children are seen as a curse for families. Jemima, an organi­sation who works with a Christian vision, tries to change this way of thinking.

Physi­o­the­ra­pists and social workers visit families in their own houses to offer speci­a­lised support. Our churches support these visits finan­cially.

impact?

Disabled children are no longer perceived as punishment or curse. People learn to see that a disabled child is as valuable as another child. Both the psychical and spiritual needs of the community and children are addressed.

what can we learn?

Deputies visited the project in 2015. They are deeply moved by the impact that is made through this project on the lives and hearts of people, even though they are each other’s ‘enemies’.

 

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