The Al Basma (smile) Center works with youth and young adults with disabilities in the Bethlehem area . They seek to improve the quality of life of their members as well as provide a sense of equality with their peers. Individuals at Al Basma have the opportunity to develop and master handicraft skills that give them a sense of pride and confidence. BFTA works with their handmade paper production. Students in this program collect old paper and transform it into beautiful new paper used for holiday and occasion cards, notebooks, and other unique items.
The Oasis center was created in Beit Sahour in the year 1998 as a result of urgent need to the society , it considered as a unique center for the people with mentally disabilities according to the qualitative services that provided under the auspices of the Health Work Committees organization which is consederd asa non governmental health and developmental one .
The oasis work shop provides opportunity for adults with mental disabilities to engage in meaningful work and contribute positively to the Palestinian society .
18 mentally disabled adults of both sex are engaged in paper recycling , ceramic, candles , recycling baskets and sand , they come from various villages and refuge camps in Beith Lahem ,
The participants arrive in the morning , and the day at the workshop is begun by listening to music and greeting each other , this routine is to fixed out about the participant’s experiences everyday and also its an important aspect of creating an open a respectful environment and makes the work more beautiful .
In many cases , people with special needs are neglected and there full potential is almost never realized , on the other hand oasis center try to change this neglected looking ,by integrating the people with disabilities into the local society throw inviting the schools , universities ,organizations to see what the disabilities can do and also to encourage the disabilities the center pay a pocket money to them and cover their health insurance and their transportation to the center .
As leading Palestinian Non Governmental Health and Development Organization , the health work committees functions in rights _based Approach providing health services to all segments of the Palestinian population ,particularly the poor and the marginalized , building development models , and lobbying and advocating in support of favorable policies and legislations
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Palestinian women have always been very creative and resourceful. Recently, women’s cooperatives have started using recycled glass in their craft. They collect discarded glass bottles, cut shapes out of the glass then solder the pieces together to make nativity scenes, angels, candle holders and many other beautiful designs. One women’s group that turns waste into treasure is the Rishmawi sisters of Beit Sahour, who are described on our “JEWELRY” page.