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* Beneficiary: Jeel al Amal
* Bank name: Bank
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* Bank number: 17
* Branch name: Salah
   Eddin Street, East
  Jerusalem, via Israël
* Branch number: 638
* Account nr: 40346
* Swift nr: BARDILIT
* IBAN: IL 77 0176 3800
  0000 1403 941

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* IBAN: NL74 TRIO 0212 4877 79
* Beneficiary: Stichting
  Jeel al Amal

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Gifts will be used to help finance the camp for boys who have no home to go to during the summer holidays and for the maintenance of this website.
From other

Transfer of money in Euro’s to Jeel al Amal from a private account in another EU-country is possible free of charge through telebanking.

IBAN: NL74 TRIO 0212 4877 79
* Beneficiary: Stichting
  Jeel al Amal

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Jeel al Amal: his life’s work

Volume 1 - JEEL NEWS - Issue 4
October 16th 2008

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Alice and Basil Sahhar in Dar al Awlad, 1968

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To all friends of Jeel al Amal

“Today we met great people”.  In my mind I am back in Jerusalem in 1968, shortly after the Six Day war. Some people told me about Alice and Basil Sahhar. A few days later I met them in “Dar al Awlad”, that means: “House for Boys”. Alice, a social worker, is like a mother to these homeless boys. Basil teaches at the private school. In Dar al Awlad they came to know each other and got married. They live here with their three children.

In 1972 they rented two large houses with garden in Bethany, along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The sign above the entrance read: “Jeel al Amal. Boys home” refered to one house where more then 20 boys lived. They slept in a room full of bunks. There were class rooms and there was a dining room. In the other house Alice and Basil lived with the children of their own, meanwhile they were six.

In 1987, at the other side of Bethany, the new Jeel al Amal was established: a home for 100 needy boys and a school for some more 250 girls and boys, children of the poor from the surrounding area. With this project they realised their dream to create an oasis of hope for children without future.  

Basil’s health was undermined by years of diabetes. His heart was unable to bear the heavy pressure. On Friday October 16th 1987 he deceased. Today it is 21 years since Basil died. And two weeks ago Alice was buried.

A few days before his death Basil told Alice what he had seen in a dream. “Alice, I saw you walking, surrounded by red roses in a large piece of green land”. What they see now is their secret. What we can see is their life’s work: Jeel al Amal. Built in the desert as an oasis, a place of hope and life for the children of the poor.

     Ton van den Ende