THE HOLY CHILD PROGRAM is a service of the Bethlehem Holy Child Program corporation. It provides an intense therapeutic day treatment program and alternative education for children in the Bethlehem region in the Holy Land who suffer from untreated complex mental health issues and exposure to intergenerational trauma.
COVID19 Update: We continue to educate students and support families. Since the lockdown, teachers work remotely posting lessons on social media while our nurse social worker regularly calls mothers to check-in and offer encouragement. For more details on how students, families and teachers are working during the pandemic, please visit our Facebook page. Due to travel restrictions for visitors, we do need your financial help to carry out our 25-year mission as visitor-donors are a major source of our yearly donations. Please consider a donation today. Thank you.
The Holy Child Program serves as a sanctuary of safety for the families of the region. The program facilitates the acquisition and development of new skills, recovery and rehabilitation from trauma, builds resiliency and instills hope for the future through a community of caring committed professionals.
We believe that each child is part of a larger ecological system, the family, and in order to treat the child, we must collaborate with the entire family network. As a part of the program, parents participate in the healing process by attending family counseling, participating in parenting groups and practicing home activities related to fostering healthy family dynamics. As the child makes progress in school, the entire family makes progress at home. In essence, to serve the child is to serve the family; in serving the family, we serve the local and larger community as each family lives what they have learned, increasing the cumulative societal gain.