Abu Nuwar Bedouin Charitable Society for Development and Cooperation was established in July 2019 by a group of women from the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar, east of Jerusalem. It is the first officially registered nonprofit by and for Bedouin women in the West Bank.
Bedouin in the area between Jerusalem and Jericho belong to the Jahalin tribe, the UNRWA-registered refugees that were displaced from the Negev in 1948. Unemployment and poverty rates in communities are among the highest in Palestine. Communities lack basic infrastructure like water and electricity, as well as economic opportunity for women.
The Society was created as a result of community organizing that started in 2010, when a group of women set up a kindergarten to address the lack of service for preschool age children. It became to function as a community hub, and the primary school was established adjacent to it in 2015. In 2018, the women requested Sunbula's help in creating an income-generation project in the community, and established 'Khayma 35’, a silk-screen workshop. PolishAid provided the funding support, and Sunbula trained the women and helped develop their first products. Khayma 35 became the launchpad for the Society.
The Society produces silk-screen T-shirts and tote bags: the garments are procured from local factories and the prints are designed by local artists.
Abu Nuwar Bedouin Charitable Society for Development and Cooperation
Abu Nuwar, Jerusalem District, West Bank