About us



In 1867, the Leprosarium Jesus Hilfe was established by the Worldwide Moravian Church as a secluded sanctuary in Jerusalem for individuals suffering from

 leprosy. Following the 1948 War, Moravian Sister Johanna Larsen relocated to the Palestinian village of Abu Qash, northeast of Ramallah, and founded a leprosy hospital in 1959. The hospital operated until the 1990s when medical advancements led to the discovery of a cure for leprosy, rendering the hospital unnecessary. In 1981, the facility was transformed into Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center (SMRC), which caters to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (PwIDs).


ِAerial photo of SMRC


SMRC is an institution of the Worldwide Moravian Church working in Palestine. SMRC offers rehabilitation, educational, and empowerment services to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and marginalized groups, while remaining inclusive of all community members. Employing a rights-based developmental approach, it mobilizes local and international support to promote dignified livelihoods, in alignment with sustainable development goals. SMRC is committed to designing specialized programs that uphold the rights of marginalized groups, ensure environmental safety and climate justice, and advance institutional infrastructure, programs, systems, and technological resources.

SMRC employs 5 administrative staff members and 24 individuals specialized in rehabilitation and therapy support services.



Leading in holistic, sustainable development efforts to empower and enable PwDs and marginalized communities to thrive in a secure and inclusive society.



To rehabilitate, educate, and empower PwIDs and marginalized communities through a rights-based developmental approach. Additionally, it mobilizes local and international support to achieve dignified living standards.



Our commitment to an inclusive developmental rights-based approach.
Our commitment to the principle of leaving no one behind.
Nothing for us without us. Our commitment to equality and non-discrimination.
Justice and impartiality in training opportunities and participation in activities and programs.
Mutual respect and respect for freedom of opinion and expression.
Credibility, integrity, and transparency.
Respect for the value of volunteering and collaborative humanitarian work.
Our commitment to best practices in empowering persons with disabilities and marginalized groups.
Openness to Palestinian, Arab, and international experiences and expertise.
Establishing partnerships with Arab and international institutions and cooperating with relevant entities.



1.Elevate the capacities and preparedness of PwIDs and marginalized communities to foster a more inclusive and empowered society. 
2.Develop specialized interventions for the environment and climate justice while harnessing creativity in implementation. 
3.Enhance the organizational structure of the institution to fulfill its role and achieve its goals, especially in public relations and media, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and enhance the capacity of staff to keep pace of relevant global developments.