Rose of Jerusalem
General Director: Yassin Hamdan
Satellite Leaders: Karen Forsyth, John Nichols
It is a center for counseling and teaching as well as a non-profit organization which cares for disabled children and children with special needs (with the aim of mainstreaming them into the local community).
It provides treatment and rehabilitation in five locations: Bethany, Abu-dis, Sawahreh, Skeik Sad’ed and Jahaleen Bedwin.
The National Director first met Bettie Mitchell in 1978 when she was traveling in the Holy Lands and wanted to be introduced to families with special needs children. In 1983, Yassin received the call to become a “Samaritan” at the Inn of the Good Samaritan on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho when 50 Christians laid hands on him in prayer.
- A) Integration Kindergarten- children of different sectors, disabled up to 30%, are given the chance to integrate into local schools. Orphans, Bedouins, and very poor children attend. 2 teachers / 29 students
- B) Special Education Unit- children with different disabilities, mental or physical or both up to 50%, are taught reading and writing and mathematics in Arabic. 2 teachers / 23 students
- C) The Physiotherapy Centre- children with disabilities of more than 50-70% and who need daily treatment are sent here. They have daily sessions with the aim of improving their fine motor skills and balance, as well as reading and writing skills. This centre is also open to the public in need of treatment.