These are some of us…
Islam & Mohammad
Islam is the Project’s Coordinator and the soul of Noor WEG. She lives with her husband and six children in Aida camp. She follows up on the children and families’ needs, heads the meetings with the rest of the women and she always welcomes anyone who wants to know more about the project. She continuously advocates for the rights of disabled children with a big smile on her face. Mohammad, her eldest son, is 21 years old and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Islam Abu Odeh First Initiative & Obstacles
Ten years from now, the early problem started when Islam Abu Odeh, the mother of Mohammad, a 12
year old disabled youngster suffering from brain paralysis, approached different rehabilitation centers in
the Bethlehem Governorate for treatment and rehabilitation to her son. Her request was rejected because
most NGOs operating in the area do not provide or serve this type of disability or this age. This rejection
affected Um Mohammad feelings as she thought that there is nothing that can stop her from providing an
alternative care for her son. From there, her self-efforts towards her beloved son began. As she did not
wanted to care only for her son, she approached numerous mothers living in the Aida refugee camp who
have children with disabilities to involve them in her new start with disability, with little means and lot of
It was not easy start for her or her colleagues, as they have faced numerous problems such as lack of
work experience with the children, lack of equipment, less care from the community as they rejected first
the work of women on such an issue, no fund or sport came from the community, lack of funds to provide
the needs on human resources of the necessary equipment, etc.
Regardless of all obstacles, Islam and her colleagues were not willing to give up and they continued with
their care armed with their motivation and hope. Their efforts were fruitful as they received guidance and
help from volunteer
the light of NOOR Society for People with Disability. And they opened the idea by doing Palestinian
cooking classes for people to get funds to do their first step to help disabled by hiring people for medical
support and mental health. We are the only ones in Aida camp who providing these services and for free.
Rana & Sara
Rana is 54 years old and lives in Aida camp with her three daughters. Sara, the youngest, is 18years old and has cerebral palsy. Rana is divorced and struggles to raise her three girls alone. She works part time as a volunteer at the local Popular Committee. Sara goes to a special school and in her free time she likes to watch cartoons on the TV and play with her big sisters.
Sdihar & Qusai
Sdihar is 45 years old and lives in Aida camp with her husband, her daughter and five sons. She is a housewife and her husband works in construction. Qusai is19 years old and has cerebral palsy. He attends a special school nearby Bethlehem with the help of some foreign volunteers who pay for his tuition fees. Qusai is a very joyful boy and he always has a smile in his face.