"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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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 […]

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

The expansion of services at the SCC Clinic in Bethany in the West Bank provides desperately needed assistance to families who, due to travel restrictions, cannot reach the Spafford Children’s Center in East Jerusalem. Primarily a medical clinic, the Bethany location has now added speech assessment and speech therapy, cultural activities (percussion, art, drama, Dabka, […]

American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Winter 2016 newsletter

The holiday season brings a tradition of open hearts and generosity. At the Spafford Children’s Center, the need for services continues to exceed available resources.  Your gift to the SCC will offer hope to children and families who endure hardship throughout the year. The Spafford Children’s Center makes a real and measurable difference in the […]

You can now support us as you shop on Amazon…

A great new way to raise money with purchases you’re making anyway on Amazon. Click on smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1974827 and log-in to Amazon in your usual way – Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to American Friends of the Spafford Childrens Center Fund whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. So please spread the word […]

Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center – Autumn news 2016

Confidence and self-esteem are the foundations on which a child builds a healthy life. A lack of self- confidence can cause many issues later in life. Palestinian children living under occupation find themselves and their family frequently regarded by the occupiers as people of little worth. Children see their parents and siblings mocked and humiliated […]

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