This year has the Spafford Children’s Center has continued to operate under a constantly changing political environment and a feeling of instability for all in the East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Most recently the United States has threatened to withhold $200 million in aid, in order to collectively punish the Palestinians for going ahead with a request to the United Nations for Palestinian Statehood. 

This could damage an $85 million programme to improve the Palestinian Health Services, which will indirectly affect the medical services of the Spafford Children’s Center.  This would have serious consequences for the West Bank families bringing their children to be vaccinated in Bethany.

The newsletter below gives an update on other recent developments and activities at the Center, including changes in the medical department and news of a workshop in puppet making when the children gave a performance of the ‘Little Mermaid’.  Click on each page to enlarge.

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