St Peter’s Church, Cogenhoe


Action around Bethlehem, Children with Disability

St Peter’s Sunday School children have supported this charity for some years.  See the ABCD website here.

A letter from the Director of the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation

We received this letter from Edmund Shehadeh, the Director of the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation with whom ABCD work, thanking us for those items that we sent out last year:

‘Dear Friends

On behalf of BASR working team and myself I would like to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to all the children who come to Sunday School, the families and you for supporting us through the generous contribution by donating educational material to the children at our community day care centres in Bethlehem Region.

Thank you so much for the beautiful card which you have send us “Welcome to Cogenhoe”

I seize the opportunity to wish you all a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New year 2014.

Best Regards

Edmund Shehadeh’

Handwritten underneath it says, ‘Thank You! Abeer will distribute the pens, stickers etc. They really were much appreciated. Stickers are nearly always used on heads, arms and legs – more fun than on paper!’ As you can see in the photos!

Overview of the support given by ABCD

The BASR is expanding its programmes. It is hoped that ABCD will be able to continue to support the existing programmes but will also be able to have an input with the expansion in the Southern Regions, Hebron area, where there is a great need as no help has been available to rehabilitate and integrate local children with disabilities.

In the south ABCD currently contributes to the salaries of a part time Physio and Occupational Therapist but it was apparent that they were needed to work full time.

The Red Crescent and the Municipality provide the premises for the outreach clinic. This will also house a Kindergarten for able bodied children in the area but will eventually accommodate the integration of disabled children to prepare them for regular school – work will have to be done with the regular schools who, at the moment, are reluctant to take them on.