Institutions for People with Disabilities
AFEDJ touches hundreds of lives each year by supporting four institutions serving children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Disabilities still carry a heavy stigma in rural parts of the Middle East, and life for those with a disability, especially a child, can be extremely challenging. These institutions build hope and a future for the most marginalized and forgotten people in the Holy Land. The institutions are leaders in the field, and also advocates for integrated education and inclusive communities.
- More than $500,000 has been raised for children with disabilities at The Princess Basma Center for Children with Disabilities in East Jerusalem, giving thousands of children the support and treatment they need to become productive citizens and thrive.
- Ongoing support to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan, provides education and therapy for deaf and deaf-blind children in this state-of-the-art school.
- $8,000+ from donors supported a special music program at The Princess Basma Center for Children with Disabilities, giving children with severe disabilities the therapeutic gift and joy of music.
Institution Profile: The Princess Basma Center for Children with Disabilites, East Jerusalem
The Princess Basma Center provides evaluation, rehabilitation, and education for children and young adults with disabilities. This includes children with autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness, and a range of specialized conditions and congenital defects. It uniquely offers programs to support and educate whole families around the care of disabled children, and it is the only program for autistic Palestinian children. The Center is a powerful voice of advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities and the importance of creating inclusive education and integrated communities in Israel and Palestine.
Institution Profile: The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan
HLID aims to enable deaf and deaf-blind children to participate meaningfully in their families and communities. It strives to help students develop a sense of their unique purpose and valuable contributions to an inclusive society. Through its three locations and outreach efforts, the Institute reaches hundreds of deaf children and adults who can be marginalized, isolated and lonely. This institution is a leader in the field throughout the Middle East and a testament to the Diocese’s high standards for excellence. AFEDJ also supports HLID’s vital work with disabled Syrian refugees.