Oasis is a handicrafts workshop founded in 1998 in the town of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem in the central West Bank. It provides an opportunity for adults with intellectural disabilities to work meaningfully and productively, and to integrate people with disabilities into the Palestinian society. Today, 32 adults with special needs from cities, villages and refugee camps in the area are currently enrolled in Oasis, run by the dedicated staff of seven people. Their daily program consists of relaxation through music and dancing, discussion to share each other's life, production of recycled paper and gifts, and lunch. All services, including the daily transportation, are provided at no cost to their families, many of whom are low income.
Oasis produces recycled paper products, including greeting cards and bookmarks. Products are adorned with sands and dried flowers from the hills of Palestine, depicting natural landscapes and Biblical scenes from the Holy Land. They also produce handmade candles. In 2014, Sunbula's designer trained the Oasis in hand silk-screen technique, and helped expand their product with a collection of baby onesies with original print designs. The garments are procured from one of the few surviving textile factories in Bethlehem.
P.O. Box 44, Beit Sahour
Bethlehem District, West Bank
Telefax: (+972) 02-277-2277
Fax: (+972) 02-277-5567