The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Kitchen Unit

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Jerusalem, 29th November 2017

Under the Patronage of his Beatitude, the Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Mr. Adnan Al-Husseini, the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JPBC) celebrated the opening ceremony of the newly renovated kitchen unit.

The renovation of the kitchen unit was jointly funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, through phase 10 of KfW’s Employment Generation Programme, and the JPBC and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“For those of us who know the work of Princess Basma, we are aware of the extraordinary service it provides to individuals and families in this region. You only have to listen to the mothers and carers of the children who are looked after here, to realise that the goodness provided through the care, has a positive effect on so many lives.آ  When a child is enabled to be treated and educated, families are transformed, mental stress is relieved, and smiles and happiness can abound, said Archbishop Suhail Dawani. “We know, that in our region this work is still desperately needed, as many here are in desperate situations. I hope that we can spread the good work of the Jerusalem Princess Basma even further, bringing alleviation to families, children and individuals through the excellent service it provides”, he added.

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Highlighting the developments of the Centre, the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Eng. Adnan Al-Husseini emphasized that the JPBC provides outstanding rehabilitation services not only to Jerusalemites, but also to Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through its exceptional Outreach Program”. “There is a dire need to support such a Jerusalemite institution that has been serving communities for more than 52 years, despite the ongoing restrictions and closures in the city.”

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The Representative of Germany in Ramallah, Mr. Peter Beerwerth stressed: “We are very proud that with the support of the German government the closure of these much needed facilities could be prevented. The rehabilitated kitchen now meets global health and security standards and enables the continuation of services the Center provides for disabled people in East Jerusalem.”

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UNDP Deputy Special Representative, Geoffrey Prewitt, thanked the Government of Germany for their longstanding partnership and highlighted that the Employment Generation Programme has significantly improved people’s livelihoods and supported their resilience. “Through this project, we are not only helping the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre provide meals that are fresh, nutritious, and tasty in a healthy workspace, we are also creating job opportunities and supporting the resilience of institutions in the city.” he added.

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The Director General of JPBC, Mr. Ibrahim Faltas, highlighted in his speech that the support provided by UNDP and KFW comes at a crucial time for the institution to continue supporting a vulnerable segment of our society; children with disabilities and their families. “The kitchen is renovated according to international standards, ensuring the sustainability of the services of the organization”, he added.

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JPBC is well-known as a National Referral Centre. It is considered the only rehabilitation Centre in Palestine to receive the Joint Commission International Accreditation that certifies the provision of quality services to children with disabilities. The Centre is also a member of the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities.

JPBC provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for around 550 children with disabilities annually coming from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in addition to the Jerusalem residents living in East Jerusalem. Children with disabilities are admitted for a period of 2 to 3 weeks of continuous intensive therapies that include: Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Therapy, Music Therapy and Play Therapy.