Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF)
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is a non-profit charitable development organization established in 1998 in the USA with the mission of preserving the presence and wellbeing of Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land by raising global awareness of their present day struggles and the intrinsic role they have played in the Holy Land’s history and development.
Over the years, HCEF has developed over 20 programs and events to fulfill its mission. These programs aid the Palestinian Christian population in a number of ways, including: housing rehabilitation, children’s education, women’s empowerment, elderly care, financial investment, job creation, and bringing Palestinian youth of the Diaspora back to Palestine. HCEF utilizes these programs to promote peace, justice, prosperity, interfaith dialogue, and coexistence in the Holy Land by removing the causes of suffering and replacing despair with HOPE, fear with HUMAN SECURITY, and humiliation with DIGNITY.
Arab Women’s Union – Bethlehem (AWU)
The Arab Women’s Union – Bethlehem is a non-profit charitable, social and cultural society founded in Bethlehem in November of 1947. It was founded by the elite women of Bethlehem by invitation of Mrs. Bert Maalouf with the goal of providing quality services to the Palestinian population.
Shortly after the AWU’s creation, disaster struck in May 1948 with Al Nakba (the Catastrophe). Suddenly, the people of Palestine were in dire need of care and services, and so the AWU played a decisive role in providing much needed medical services for the injured and ill, and created special programs to feed the needy, especially children. AWU also raised funds to support students and offered hot meals and school supplies. As for women, they succeeded in creating job opportunities for them through the instruction of the art of Palestinian traditional embroidery, and by selling their high quality and creative hand made products at the AWU headquarters.
One of the most important achievements of the AWU was the establishment of the ethnographic museum “Baitouna Al Talhami” (Our Bethlehem Home) in 1971. This museum aims to document the traditional lifestyle of families in Bethlehem and preserve the city’s heritage and past.