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Slide show on Jeel al Amal by Najwa Sahhar-Sayegh in PDF, 2,55 MB. Adobe reader is needed. To see the performance click on the subjoined picture.
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* Beneficiary: Jeel al Amal
* Bank name: Bank
  Mercantile Discount
* Bank number: 17
* Branch name: Salah
   Eddin Street, East
  Jerusalem, via Israël
* Branch number: 638
* Account nr: 40346
* Swift nr: BARDILIT
* IBAN: IL 77 0176 3800
  0000 1403 941

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Last updated  2010 - 11 - 19


English - version - Dutch

Accommodating 100 Palestinian boys
How it started
In 1972 Alice and Basil Sahhar rented two houses in Bethany. In the one they lived with their six children. And in the other ten boys were housed. Some boys were orphans. Others came from broken families that could not support their children. Within one year they were one hundred twenty strong!

Accredited by the authorities
Several rooms were crammed with bunks. Brothers often shared one bed. One room was used as a tiny dining room. Others were filled with old school desks. And there was a playground. Jeel al Amal was a fact: a home and school for needy boys. They became an institution and a school accredited by the Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian authorities.

A custom building
Alice and Basil dreamed of a new building, where the boys would live in groups. A building with more privacy, with better sanitary fitting and with spaces to come together and play. And of course a proper dining room and a spacious kitchen.

They had set their eyes on a piece of land to the east of the town of Bethany. Here they realised their new home: a large two storey building with enough room for one hundred boys.

A house to live in
Since 1972 numerous boys have grown up in the cozy atmosphere of Jeel al Amal. The use of the word “housemothers” for the group leaders illustrates this coziness. The housemothers take care of the boys, with whom they have a personal relationship, as if they were their own children. They teach the boys to live together in a spirit of solidarity, openness and respect for each other.

Annual summer camp
During major holidays the boys go back home or to their families. But about forty boys have no one who can accommodate them. They remain therefore from June to August in the boys home and feel orphaned again. Therefore, a few years ago a summer camp was started for these boys. There are educational and entertaining activities offered.