Melia Campaign Builds Womens’ Businesses
by Carol Hylkema
The Pal Craftaid Board invites you to share in its annual fund-raising campaign for one of our long time partners. This year, we are focusing our fund-raising efforts on the Melia Shop in East Jerusalem, a gathering place for women and a conduit for Palestinian embroidery to be sold around the world.
Pal Craftaid purchases much of its beautiful needlework from the Melia Shop.
Through this campaign, our gifts to the Melia Shop will help support hiring consultants to work with needlework artisans in the development of new designs for customers in Europe, America and the Gulf States, as well the implementation of new marketing strategies.
The needlework artisans work in cooperatives around the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and, as many as 500 women are on the shop’s artisan list. The design consultant will work with staff at the shop, as well as visit with artisans in their homes, as it is not possible under Israeli occupation for all of the women to come together.
The conditions in the Palestinian Occupied Territories continue to be dire and harsh. These needlework artisans often find themselves, unexpectedly, the primary wage earners in their families.
The gifts to this campaign will give the kind of boost needed to enhance their opportunities for new products and new markets through the Melia Shop. Won’t you join us? Thank you.
Checks can be made out to:
and noted for the ‘Melia Shop’
Send to Virginia Priest, treasurer, at:
3520 North 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
Thank you for your support!
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Pal Craftaid is a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians.
Pal Craftaid supports families, schools, elderly groups and community cooperatives in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.