Children without Borders

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Children without Borders

Children of Bethlehem

In Children without Borders, we seek to emphasize the emergence of what we tend to call our “Six C’s” Critical Thinking, Creativity, Cooperation, Co-Existence, Commitment and Courage.

Thus Children without Borders seeks to ensure a mental, moral and physical empowerment of children living in the different cites of the Holy Land.

Given the political, economical and social circumstances in the Holy Land, children tend to be the most victimized and dispersed. Our program includes children who live within and outside the Apartheid Wall. Its main target is to send children equipped with a wider vision, firm will, and steadfast faith to a time where they become the men of their age; an age where these same children become men who think critically, communicate willingly, co-exist peacefully, act creatively, and cooperate fruitfully.

“I believe that inside each of us, a child most innocently resides. At certain moments in our lives and in the middle of the road, we need others to stand by us, give us support, and even lift us with a sense of a sheltered embrace. Simultaneously, in order to expose our children to the humane significance of peace, benevolence, co-existence, and cooperation, each should take an inner journey that seeks to find the desolate child residing inside. That child who enjoys a fraternity that is free of barriers, an existence free of offence, and a survival free of self-centeredness. By doing so, we will eventually break down all borders that veil the hero child who vigorously inhibits our souls, and thus give pace in the future for Children with Borders to become men without Borders.”
Fr. Ibrahim Faltas, OFM Director of Children without Borders in Bethlehem.

The project

The program targets children in the Holy Land whose families are affected by housing and living conditions, drug addiction, shattered family relationships and lack of space and cultural facilities. These conditions are prevalent in Jerusalem particularly the Old City and the cities under the Palestinian Authority, mostly enclosed by the Wall.

The mission of Children without Borders is to:
  • Cultivate and invest in children everything that is creative, constructive, and industrious.
  • Empower and enhance the vision of children towards the concepts of peace, coexistence, and gender equality.
  • Expose children to new experiences in their own life, and that of other children living in other parts of the world.

Help support our projects in Bethlehem!

FFHL is working with Children without Borders on a sports program this year. The children need the physical activity and the organized sports in order to accomplish the above mentioned goals. The cost of each child per year is $500.00 which the Custos, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa has asked the Foundation to fund for each of these children.
If you would like to contribute to this effort simply choose the “Children without Borders” fund in the online donation or click here.

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Events calendar


Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


Bethlehem: 11.30 Entrance (Custos) - 13.45 Vespers - 14.15 Procession - 15.30 Office & Procession


I Sunday in Advent. Bethlehem: 10.00 Solemn Mass


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage

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