Peace Awards

Mr. Edmund Shehadeh the General Director of Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) on his Peace Award

The President of Reggio Emilia in Italy awarded Mr. Edmund Shehadeh on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 during the ceremony for the Peace Prize a great highlight was made on the efforts BASR makes to assist the disabled in Palestine alongside CBM Italy.

With This award, Reggio Emilia has recognized that the work of Mr. Shehadeh and BASR Specialized Hospital brings hope to many children and adults who need care and treatment. – Said Luciano Miotto, director of CBM Italy – Today, BASR is a beacon not only for families and children with disabilities who, without the hospital, would be left alone to themselves, but also for other medical centers that has the possibility to improve their work and thus treat more patients.

The Peace Prize is an initiative established in 1997 by the local government of Reggio Emilia to promote the culture of peace and solidarity in Reggio Emilia . “It has become an occasion to acknowledge the efforts of individuals, associations, organizations that are committed to national and international level for projects” said the president.



The Regional Committee for Community-Based Rehabilitation and the CBR Program – Southern Region of Palestine celebrated its winning the good practice award in delivering social services for persons with disabilities in the Middle East. The good practice programme was launched by the Disability Monitor Initiative (DMI-ME) led by Handicap International and CBM in cooperation with various organizations for people with disabilities and service providers operating in the Middle East.

The competition aimed to identify and share good practices which will help service providers to improve their performance and ultimately provide enhanced services for persons with disabilities. The DMI-ME conducted the Good Practice Awards programme to recognize good practices in service delivery throughout the Middle East region.

Participants in the good practice programme included service providers from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, and Yemen that work in the areas of health care, education, livelihood opportunities, and social protection for persons with disabilities.

A ceremony for the award distribution was hosted by the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation with the attendance of a number of governmental and non-governmental institutions and partner organisations that operate in Hebron and Bethlehem. The Minister of Local Government, engineer Ziad Bandak, offered the award to the CBR programme manager, engineer Fuad Sultan Tamimi.

The award includes a certificate of achievement, € 1,500, and a free flight ticket and accommodation for one person from the CBR programme to attend a major regional disability conference for the Middle East.

On this occasion, several speeches were delivered by the Minister of Local Government, the vice chairman of the Bethlehem Arab Society board, and the CBR programme manager.

Eng. Tamimi stated in his speech that the DMI “had allowed us as Palestinian organizations and programmes that work in the rehabilitation and disability sector to recognise that Palestinian rehabilitation services have reached a level of very high quality compared with the other regional services in spite of all the barriers and constraints imposed by the Israeli occupation as well as the limitation of resources.” Finally, Eng. Tamimi thanked all parties who participated in launching and implementing this initiative, in particular, the member organisations of the regional committee (Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation; Palestine Red Crescent Society – Hebron Branch; and the Health Work Committees) for their unlimited support for the programme. Special thanks went to the main donor of the CBR programme, DIAKONIA/NAD, which has supported the CBR programme both financially and technically since its inception in 1994. In addition, Eng. Tamimi thanked the CBR technical and administrative team members who have dedicated themselves to ensuring the professional implementation of the programme and who have supported it over the last fifteen years to succeed and take a prominent place among the other community programmes.

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