Our teachers need your help! The Holy Child Program, a Catholic school located near Bethlehem in the Holy Land, serves children with acute behavioral and mental health issues and their families. In early March, the Ministry of Education closed all the schools until August due to the spread of COVID-19. Due to the lack of governmental infrastructure, there are no unemployment benefits or other safety nets. Wages are critical for daily needs and health insurance. Our goal is to raise 6 months of teachers’ salaries to continue remote education. What you give to our teachers will go a long way in helping the families of this region.
We humbly serve families of all religions, regardless of their ability to pay. Given the vulnerable population we serve, our teachers rallied to ensure there was no interruption in services. Since schools closed, our teachers have delivered daily lessons using various internet platforms. For children without home computers, lessons are accessed via their parent’s phones and a special Facebook page. Our school nurse-social worker, Hani, keeps in touch with the parents and our director has spoken with all of our families. When called by Hani, one mother said, “You called! I can’t believe you called!”
It is critical that we continue to be able to provide these services. Our dedicated teachers are committed to ensuring these vulnerable children and their families are not left alone and isolated during the pandemic. For twenty-five years we have been able to rely on donations and grants to help us meet our financial obligations. Donors are typically people who visit the Holy Child Program while on pilgrimage; however, with the COVID-19 travel restrictions we cannot rely on visitors. Nor can we be certain of funds to pay our teachers.
We need your help to continue our mission of instilling hope through healing. All donations will be used for staff salaries and are tax-deductible in the United States per IRS guidelines. The Holy Child Program is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Please visit our website at www.holychildbethlehem.org for more information about our program. AND THANK YOU!
Wishing you peace and good health,
The Holy Child Program