Ma’an lil-Hayat (Together for Life) is the first and only wool-felting project in Palestine. Founded in August 2009, Ma’an lil-Hayat brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities who share life through work, celebration, and mutual relationships of friendship and trust.
Members of Ma’an lil-Hayat make felted-wool ornaments, nativity sets, and other gift items from the wool of Bethlehem sheep. The raw wool is purchased from women in a village on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
The work and production at Ma’an lil-Hayat are not ends in themselves but are a means toward the healthy integration of people with intellectual disabilities into the local community as well as an aid to changing the vision of society toward people with disabilities.
Ma’an lil-Hayat has three main objectives for people with disabilities: therapeutic, social and economic. Therapeutic objectives include fostering the development of self-esteem, the ability to make choices and active participation in a learning environment. Social objectives include encouraging people to acknowledge their own abilities, to become more aware of the needs and realities of others and to work as part of a team. Economic objectives include achieving a greater sense of self respect and dignity through the sale of products and a weekly stipend.
Please support this great organization and the handicapped community of Palestine by visiting Felt Wool Page and purchasing their incredible felt wool products.