PAG122 Shelter for disabled children
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.
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’.