"Physical and mental health for
disadvantaged children of
East Jerusalem and the West Bank"


Here is the latest news from the Spafford Children's Center as well as details of our current fundraising activities.

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UK Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Christmas newsletter 2018

UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) supports 5.3 million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and now faces a $446 million funding shortfall after US funding cuts were announced. It is nearly impossible for any single other organisation, or a collective of organisations, to sufficiently supplement UNWRA’s programmes. The shortfall […]

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Christmas 2018 newsletter

Horatio Gates Spafford knew tragedy and loss. His four precious daughters perished in a shipwreck; only his wife survived. Drawing strength from his faith he wrote the lyrics for the hymn “It is Well with My Soul” that is often heard in times of mourning and thanksgiving. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, […]

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Fall 2018 newsletter

Summer Camp is particularly important to children who live in a conflict-affected area. They need the freedom, creativity, and fun that SCC offers every summer. This year, camp was five weeks with nearly 120 children in Jerusalem and Bethany participating.  Read more here – Fall 2018 AFSCCF newsletter

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Spring 2018 newsletter

The Spafford Children’s Center Offers an Childhood Development Program – read how important it is in the Spring issue of the AFSCC newsletter. AFSCCF Spring 2018 newsletter

Palestine Marathon being run in aid of SCC

Douglas Spencer-Nairn is running the Palestine Marathon in aid of the Spafford Children’s Center. Douglas (who is the great grandson of our founder Bertha Spafford Vester) will run the marathon on 23rd March.  It starts and ends in Manger Square in the Old City of Bethlehem and follows 42,195 kilometres, described as “a technical course […]

UK Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Christmas newsletter 2017

Earlier this year a grant of $250,000 was promised to the Spafford Children’s Center, unfortunately the agency which promised the money now has a shortfall in funds, and we will only receive $80,000. SCC’s budget is therefore down by approximately $170,000 and our essential work is under threat. We would be so very grateful if […]


A major grant was approved for the Spafford Children’s Center earlier this year, totalling around $250,000 which was to be used for psycho-social and remedial education for troubled children in Jerusalem and Bethany. Unfortunately, the agency which awarded the grant has told us that it is unable to pay the full amount. The Children’s Center […]

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Winter 2017 newsletter

As you prepare for Holiday celebrations with family and friends, we hope you include in your thoughts the children and parents served by the Spafford Children’s Center. Please make a contribution to SCC programs that develop the creative skills and sustain the emotional health of children who live all year in a traumatizing environment. In […]

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Fall 2017 newsletter

The Fall 2017 newsletter from AFSCC includes a letter of appreciation from a mother who received services and support for herself and her children through the Spafford Children’s Center.  Translated from the original Arabic, she shares her feelings and journey of personal growth. We also hear from AFSCC’s new chairperson, The Rev. Matthew Dayton-Welch. AFSCCF Newsletter Fall […]

Announcing the death of Mrs. Mary Frangi

We are sad to announce the death of Mrs. Mary Frangi who served as the head nurse for the Spafford Children’s Hospital (later the Spafford Children’s Center) for 53 years. Her warm personality and irrepressible spirit were well known in Jerusalem. She treated generations of children and their families who visited her often to express […]

To see a special short film about the Spafford Children's Center from US TV network PBS click here