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Who we are


All you need to know about our asso­cia­ti­on – from its orig­ins up to our current orientation

General meeting 2019
Tor zum Leben (Gate­way to Life) – Lifegate Rehabilitation e.V.

The name says it all

Lifegate wants to open doors of life for peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties! In accordance with our Chris­ti­an-diaco­nal orien­ta­ti­on, we are convin­ced that every person deser­ves the chan­ce to be support­ed and to take their perso­nal and medi­cal deve­lo­p­ment into their own hands.

That is why we actively and sustain­ab­ly support the work in Beit Jala in the Pales­ti­ni­an terri­to­ries. And becau­se we belie­ve that all this works best when peop­le’s origin, reli­gi­on and poli­ti­cal atti­tu­de are not decisi­ve, we build bridges across borders.

Tor zum Leben e.V. supports the work of Lifegate in Beit Jala and enables encoun­ters between Pales­ti­ni­an and Israe­li peop­le as well as between Jews, Chris­ti­ans and Muslims. We want to make a sustainable contri­bu­ti­on to a long-term and peaceful coexis­tence between the two peop­les living in the same country.

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Year of foundation


Our histo­ry

In the late 1980s Burg­hard Schun­kert foun­ded Lifegate Rehabilitation as an insti­tu­ti­on for child­ren and young peop­le with physi­cal disa­bi­li­ties in the Pales­ti­ni­an terri­to­ries. He and his team of volun­teers from Germa­ny and the Pales­ti­ni­an terri­to­ries deve­lo­ped a holi­stic concept:

Lifegate wants to open doors to life and show perspec­ti­ves that enable peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties to live more independently.

Volun­teers and young peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties lived toge­ther in resi­den­ti­al groups, and medi­cal work deve­lo­ped. Educa­ti­on was a prio­ri­ty in Life­ga­te’s trai­ning work­shop. The aim of the work was to enable the young peop­le to live inde­pendent­ly in their home environment.

While Lifegate was stron­gly influen­ced by volun­teers and conscripts on commu­ni­ty service from Germa­ny in the first years, more local specia­lists were trai­ned step by step and deploy­ed on a long-term basis.

As a result the work of Lifegate grew and beca­me more profes­sio­nal. By moving into the new Lifegate house in Beit Jala in summer 2012, Lifegate has beco­me one of the most modern faci­li­ties for the promo­ti­on of peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties in the Pales­ti­ni­an territories.

In 2018, Lifegate took over a guest house in Beth­le­hem and opened „Lifegate Garden”, an inte­gra­ti­ve house where peop­le with and without disa­bi­li­ties are welco­me and work together.

At the begin­ning of the 1990s, the ques­ti­on of finan­cing and support for the team on site arose. After their return, volun­teers foun­ded the asso­cia­ti­on in Würz­burg in April 1993.

Tor zum Leben (Gate­way to Life) – Lifegate Rehabilitation e.V.

Today the asso­cia­ti­on has around 250 acti­ve and spon­so­ring members, who support Lifegate through prac­ti­cal work or donations.

Our asso­cia­ti­on statutes

Here you can down­load our statu­tes with all the important infor­ma­ti­on about our asso­cia­ti­on as a PDF document.

A brief over­view of the most important facts

Here you can down­load further inte­res­t­ing infor­ma­ti­on about our asso­cia­ti­on and the histo­ry of Lifegate.