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The children are either orphans living with relations, those abandoned by their families, those in real poverty or those physically or mentally sick. They and their families will be individually assessed to receive coupons for staple food items or for clothing, a subsidy towards the family’s utility bills or small gift items. Many will qualify to receive all four levels of support.
The elderly include those who are abandoned by their families or have no family at all. They will also receive blankets, heaters and warm clothes to face the harsh winter weather. Many have lost their jobs, their income and some their homes.
For the first time the FHL are extending their support beyond Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour to Jifna and Zababdeh.
Peter Rand, National Vice-Chairman of the FHL confirmed that “support is only provided to those whom we know by name, along with their financial circumstances.
Lists of names are obtained through the Ministry of the Interior in Palestine and the Parish Priests of St. Catherine’s in Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour. Our work is coordinated by the Sons of the Earth Association (SEA) based in Beit Jala. The FHL are delighted to be able to reach the grass roots of local Christians, and at the same time providing business through the coupon scheme to 20 Christian run businesses in the Bethlehem District.
Ramzi Hodali, President & Founder of SEA said “We use our expertise to bring the progressive community together, to harden our original roots in the Holy Land so the living stones will always prosper.
Our objectives are derived from our daily life, a life of the minority, the life of the oppressed and a life of giving and forgiveness.”