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Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans
Activities/Focus of Organization : Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans is a not-for-profit Palestinian NGO created in 2009 by local community members that works with the Bethlehem handicraft community. Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans is registered according to the Ministry of Interior regulations. We have an administrative board comprised of twenty-one local community members that are elected every two years. We work with local independent producers specializing in olive wood carvings, embroidery, mother of pearl, olive oil soap, recycled glass, handmade paper and handmade jewelry. Our purposes are to promote fair trade principles among all producers and to develop the craft economy in and around Bethlehem by providing support services for local artisans.
Volunteer Opportunities/Assignments: We are in particular need of people who can write and edit in English. People with website creation skills are worth their weight in gold. Photographers, grant writers, artists, accountants, and occupational health and safety specialists can use their skills to train trainers, or put on workshops. Mostly, we are in need of people with a passion for helping others.