We work with our friends and partners to give direct help where we can with donations of money, clothes and toys for needy families in Bethlehem and the West Bank.
Sr Martha and Arlette have access to Latin Christian families and Rula to Orthodox Christian families. We also support the following charitable institutions, visiting them every time we are on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.
The Salesians of Don Bosco, priests, brothers and sisters, today work in the Holy Land supporting the poor, particularly in the social, intellectual and spiritual formation of young people. They run technical and professional schools and an artistic centre giving training in olive wood carving, mother of pearl and ceramics.
Institute "Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará"
Also affectionately known locally as "The Blue Sisters", we support Sr Pia and the six sisters providing a home, "The God Child Home for Abandoned Handicapped or Needy Children" for 18 children from babies upwards. Some of the children are orphans; others have simply been abandoned. In the West Bank to be born with a severe disability places a huge financial burden on families as well as fear and shame that the child is a curse on the family.
The Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation - this small but magnificent hospital was formerly a Leonard Cheshire Home. Its ethos "Every Patient is first and foremost a Human Being" guides the holistic approach for everyone. It is a private hospital, supported by donations from all over the world, recognised as a centre of excellence in the Middle East.
The University of Bethlehem is a Catholic University founded in the 1960s inspired by the prophetic vision of Pope Paul VI. The University is partly funded by the Vatican but otherwise survives on donations. It is a beacon of hope and excellence for Bethlehem, providing a tertiary education for Muslim and Christian alike.