To some families food packages are distributed. In addition to that accounts are opened for families at local food shops. The bills will be paid by Tabitha Ministries to the shop owners for their essential family needs.
In Zababdeh few people have health insurance. This makes it sometimes difficult for people to get the medical treatment they need. Tabitha makes it possible for people to get medical treatment when they are not able to afford it. Tabitha opens also accounts at the local pharmacy, so that people can get medicines with a doctor’s prescription when they are in need.
Tabitha Ministries also has a program named ‘back to school’. In this program children who go to school again after their summer holidays receive a schoolbag, notebooks and writing materials. In this program sometimes school fees are partially or completely paid.
Because of the difficult situation in the Palestinian areas Tabitha organizes Easter and Christmas parties for the youth. These parties take place in Zababdeh, Aboud, Bethlehem and Nablus. In the same periods food packages are distributed. Also during the summer holidays children sumer camps are organised. During one week children are making music, theatre play, listen to story telling and are participating in sports.
An example of humanitarian help during the Corona pandemic. In March 2020 TM Netherlands was approached by the Mayor of Zababdeh asking if we could give a contribution for food packages to alleviate the worst needs of affected families, that had lost their jobs and their income. We received good response on our Newsletter and could transfer nearly 2000 euro for our food packages.
Rev. Atallah wrote us about the results: : ‘So happy to inform you that with the help of Tabitha Netherlands we were able to help with food baskets for needy families three times:
The first one together with St Matthew Anglican Church. We distributed food baskets to around 35 needy families. The second help was with Emam Emad of the Muslim community for their Eid, which reached 13 families. The third one took place with Tabitha advisory board member Sami Esawi and reached 25 families. I am glad were were able to give much needed help in such hard times that Zababdeh and other places are going through. Thank you very much for the funds and your prayers.’
In total 73 families have benefited from these food packages. On a smaller scale others have been provided with medicines and medical support.