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News features, stories from our guests and updates from the McCabe Educational Trust.

Al Shurooq School


For more than thirty years, the McCabe Educational Trust has been creating partnerships with inspiring people we have met on pilgrimage.

The last five years in particular have been remarkable, with more than one million pounds distributed to the people and projects we support.

A main beneficiary is the Al Shurooq school for the visually disabled in Bethlehem. Our directors Iain Paton and Stuart Lynch have just visited the school. And below is the summary of their report.

”We are delighted to report that Al Shurooq is now operating at  full capacity. There are 27 children boarding, plus a further 11 day pupils. 4 former pupils are attending university while still accommodated at Al Shurooq. For this great turnaround, we have to thank the new principal, Ruba Makarker, who is doing a tremendous job.”

To read their full report click here 


Jeel al Amal Boys Home

Iain and Stuart also visited our flagship project in Bethany.
There are currently 250 children attending primary school at Jeel al Amal. Of these, 72 are resident in the children’s home, and they are the focus of our fundraising. The Trust is still the only funding body which has a regular commitment to the school, for which they are so grateful.  Work is now well underway in a complete refurbishment of the kitchen, dining area and laundry room made possible by an additional grant of £22,000 from our Trust. Iain and Stuart saw the results of our annual summer school in the form of some very attractive new murals adorning the corridor walls. Our team of volunteers is now eagerly anticipated each summer and this initiative of Andy webster continues to be a great success.

A special thank you to McCabe pilgrims who helped us raise £5,075 during September making a total of £174,993  raised so far this year.