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Help them shine today for a brighter tomorrow

They live life under an occupation that has extended into decades.
They are considered second-hand citizens even amongst their own.
They deal with prejudice and stigma, while struggling to accept and live
with the daily trials of a disability.
But they do not ask for your pity, they ask for your understanding.
Instead of your tears, they ask for smiles.
And more than anything, they ask for what they deserve: the right to fulfill their potential, regardless of their disabilities.

These are hardships that adults would find difficult to cope with and overcome. So imagine what it’s like for a child who should be spending his or her time climbing trees, making friends, and being carefree.
This, in short, is what motivated Dr. Jumana Odeh when she founded the “Palestinian Happy Child Center” (PHCC) in 1994 as a place that stands up for the rights of children with disabilities, focusing on their special needs, offering them the appropriate medical care, and promoting their education, social integration and rehabilitation.
As a pediatrician and public health expert, Dr. Odeh has spent a lifetime helping improve the health of the most vulnerable members of Palestinian society, a lifetime’s efforts that have culminated in the establishment of a center unlike any other in the country, providing children with disabilities with state-of-the-art care and free of charge services for their educational, health, developmental and psychological needs.
But its mission doesn’t stop there, extending help to family members and assisting them as they learn to accept the situation and overcome the cultural stigma attached to disability in the Arab world.

Today, PHCC is known as Palestinian Happy Child Centre for Children with special needs, and is renowned for its concerted efforts to raise awareness and bring much-needed global attention to the plight of disabled children in Palestine.
With several milestones achieved in its march towards providing quality assistance and the inclusion of disabled children in Palestinian society, the foundation has succeeded in steadily changing culturally imbedded perceptions and prejudices.
But there is still a long road ahead, and it is a journey no one needs to take alone.

Join us, and together we can make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.


We strive to provide children with disabilities in Palestine with the specialized care and medical treatments they need in order to fulfill their potential and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in all aspects of life. We are committed to improving their quality of life and promoting their rights.


We aim to break cultural stigmas and improve the standing
of children with special needs in Palestine.


Helping parents, teachers and others involved to detect and deal with individual disabilities at an early stage, such as dyslexia, hearing impairment, stuttering, poor vision, learning disability, emotional trauma, and any other developmental delays.


Providing treatment and care for children suffering trauma, neurological disorders, and learning and developmental disabilities.


Empowering and educating parents siblings, teachers, and local agencies about children with special needs by supporting them in accepting the disability and equipping them with knowledge and skills to meet their children’s developmental needs. Our aim is to empower the mothers within society and ensure that children receive the care they need at home and in schools.


Helping break down cultural stigmas.


Improving the standing of children with special needs in Palestine.

A passionate pediatrician and public health expert, her dedication to public service over the decades has seen her at the helm of many programs and centers that provide assistance to those who need it most in both Palestinian society and beyond.

Dr. Jumana H. Odeh | The Founder

Jazeel H. Awad
Majeda M. Bassalat
Nancy G. Tannous
Roweda M. Maali
Ilham S. Abd Al-Majeed
Balkis Ibrahim Abdo
Nadine G. Habash
We work together every day to make a difference
39 600

The number of children
we have helped in the
past 10 years

129 000

Number of individuals
suffering from at least
one disability in Palestine

$500 000

The average amount
needed annually to
sustain the centre

4 800

The number of volunteers supporting the centre locally, regionally and internationally