Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre

Opened in 1965 to serve families whose children were affected by polio, Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JPBC) has expanded its mission to treat and empower children with a wide range of disabilities and offer support to their families by providing an array of therapies and rehabilitation services, a residential program for mothers and children, and outreach services to community clinics across the West Bank.

The Centre also runs an academic K-12 inclusive school. Of the more than 450 students enrolled, nearly 40% are children with disabilities. The school is a model for creating inclusive education programs that can be replicated in schools across the West Bank to provide children with disabilities equal educational opportunities.

With its accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCIA) for Ambulatory Care, Princess Basma serves as a clinical placement site for graduate students in physical, speech, and occupational therapy as well as social work.

In 2011 the Centre launched the first and only classroom and therapeutic services available to Palestinian children with autism. As part of its mission, the Centre works to advocate for children with disabilities and their families and raise awareness in the wider community about the rights of the disabled.

Services Provided

  • Inclusive education for disabled and non-disabled K-12
  • Physical therapy
  • Residential Mother Empowerment Program
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Dedicated program for children with autism
  • Psycho-social support for mothers and families
  • Advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities
  • Outreach programs in communities across the West Bank in partnership with local clinics
The inclusive school allows mainstreamed students to benefit from expert therapy during their school day without needing to travel to a separate clinic.

Your impact as an AFEDJ Donor

AFEDJ donors have contributed well over $1 million in support of Princess Basma Centre.
  • In 2021, USAID's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program awarded $550,000 to make the playground, library, and science labs accessible to all
  • Located atop the Mount of Olives, Princess Basma Centre is a frequent stop on pilgrimage tours. Many Holy Land pilgrims are moved by the Center’s ministries and become life-long supporters.
  • In 2019, eight Episcopal dioceses made Sustainable Development Goals grants to support the Mother Empowerment Program.

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