Under the patronage of his Grace Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and with a recorded speech of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 28th 2016. The event was attended by a number of distinguished guests representing partners and supporters of the centre, namely the Governor of Jerusalem Mr. Adnan Al Huesseini, Mr. Reuben Gauci the Representative of Malta to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, deputies of diplomatic missions, donor organizations and partners, as well representatives of the public and private sector and local community members.
The celebration started with a welcoming speech of Mr. Ibrahim Faltas the General Director of the centre saying: “..for five decades the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre works on providing therapy services and inclusive education for children with disabilities, building capacities of practitioners in the field, training of university students, empowerment of children and their families with the goal of fully including people and specifically children with disabilities in their society.”
Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Chairman of the Board, gave his speech emphasizing on the significant role that the Centre is playing in empowering children with disabilities through providing comprehensive rehabilitation and inclusive education services, highlighting that the Centre is one of the 30+ organizations that work under the umbrella of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem that are spread across the Middle East region. The Archbishop also added “….that for the Episcopal Arab Church of Jerusalem alleviating the suffering of children with special needs is a priority for the Church in the Middle East region”.
The event was highlighted by a recorded speech of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan. Her Royal Highness participated in the inauguration ceremony for establishing the Centre in April 1966, and her speech comes as emphasis for the support of HRH to the Centre. This support has been recently strengthened with the partnership established between the Centre and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund in 2016 that is sponsored by HRH. Also, his Excellency the Governor of Jerusalem Mr. Adnan Al Husseini mentioned in his speech the remarkable work of the centre taking into consideration the many challenges its facing..
A recognition was also made to Mrs. Betty Majaj during the event. Mrs. Majaj served the centre of 30 years, and contributed to developing the rehabilitation services as well she opened the first inclusive school in Palestine in 1987…
On the anniversary of its founding, The Jerusalem Princess Basma Foundation has become one of the important national rehabilitation centers to serve children with disabilities from across Palestine. It is also the leading service provider of comprehensive rehabilitation services and inclusive education for children with disabilities. The Center also provides vocational training for persons with disabilities. And is the only rehabilitation Centre in Palestine with the certification of quality service provision by international accreditation of Joint Commission for International Accreditation.