Thursday 18th, 2014: Under the patronage of his Grace Archbishop Suheil Dawani, head of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Princess Basma Centre in Jerusalem organized a Christmas lunch for its staff members. The celebration’s opening remark was made by the General Director of the Centre Mr. Ibrahim Faltas, followed by a speech from Archbishop Dawani. Archbishop Dawani expressed his appreciation to the Center’s work. His Grace emphasized the strong ties that exist between the Palestinian Christians and Muslim who all share and participate in the celebrations of this holy season. The program consisted also a reflection on the achievements of 2014 and an entertainment program for the staff members, in a cheerful Christmas atmosphere. To note the Princess Basma Centre is one of more than thirty institutions that are run by the Episcopal Church in Middle East creating positive change in the lives of marginalized people and children.
Saturday 20th, 2014: also, a similar Christmas event was organized for the Princess Basma Inclusive School teachers and staff members, during which a lecture on the rights of children with disabilities to inclusive education was presented by Mr. Ziad Amro – Coordinator of the Higher Council for Persons with Disabilities in Palestine. The lecture was followed by a presentation of one of the schools graduates, Mr. Mo’taz Maragha, who has a visual disability and a graduate from Princess Basma School in 2011 and now a 3rd year student at al Quds University. Mo’taz talked about his experience at the Princess Basma School and his successful entry into university life.