The Franciscan Boy Home in Bethlehem

The Franciscan Boy Home is one of many Custodial social institutions. This Home was founded in 2007 as an affiliation to Terra Sancta College in order to open a new window of hope that was dimmed by the darkness of poverty and misery for children who lead a miserable life and live in a painful reality, hoping that this Home would be a lifeline and a minaret by which they would be guided towards a better and more pleasant future despite the hardships of life and the sting of sorrows.

The Home is located in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in Milk Grotto Street., only a few metres away from the birthplace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This Home was founded initially in the Franciscan Sisters Home. It was then restored and equipped by the Custody of the Holy Land to embrace children between the ages of 6 and 18.Children who were driven away to a world of pain and suffering because of many reasons. Most of these reasons are being orphaned, divorce, drugs and other social and economic problems that our Palestinian community faces.

For all these reasons put together, there was a need to find a shelter to protect them and keep them safe. Thus, the Home relies on the belief that “The home is not the place where you live, but the place where you are understood.” Therefore, it was essential to state sound strategies based on education in order to achieve the noble goals of the Home.

The mission

The Franciscan Boy Home is an ecclesiastic institute affiliated to the Custody of the Holy Land. It is a non-governmental and non-profitable institute. It looks after Christian children with special needs in Bethlehem governorate and those who suffer from serious, social, psychological and economic problems to provide them a safe and caring shelter and to look after them from the different educational and spiritual sides. Therefore, the Home affords for them a convenient environment that would help them in the process of social adaptation in their life in a natural way. This happens according to sound professional scientific programs in cooperation and coordination with their parents, supervisors and specialists to achieve the best service to this targeted group.

The Home relies in its work and philosophy on the values of respecting the human rights, love and forgiveness according to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and the call of St. Francis of Assisi.