Over 35 years ago, Ed and Heleen Vollbehr left for the Westbank to serve blind children.
Upon arrival they found out that there were many organizations involved in serving the blind, whereas nobody seemed to take care of children with mental (multiple) disabilities. The couple decided to take a number of deserted disabled children in their home. In 1982, at the request of the Israeli government, Ed and Heleen started to develop a home for Arab children with disabilities in Bethlehem. Two years later, in 1984, the Jemima Foundation was established in the Netherlands to support Ed and Heleen’s endeavors. Between 1985 and 1987 the first home was built as a result of fundraising by a Dutch evangelical broadcasting company.