Bedouin Silver Tent Association was established by Bedouins in 2014 as a spinoff of the Jerusalem Bedouin Cooperative Committee. It specializes in empowering youth and women through social, economic and cultural programs, with a total of approximately 160 direct beneficiaries. Registered as a Palestinian NGO, it represents the Bedouins in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, with a main focus on the area between Jerusalem and Jericho.
In fall 2016, the Association became Sunbula’s partner after participating in the product development training in jewelry-making, sponsored by Oxfam Italia. In 2018, Sunbula helped the Association establishing an additional income-generation project, Tahhadi.
Noor Al-Qamar, Arabic for moonlight, is a jewelry-making group established in 2012 in Anata with the help of the Italian NGO Vento di Terra. A group of young women received training and began producing items for sale. Since entering the partnership with Sunbula, the members of Noor Al-Qamar underwent further training with the designers Amir Salameh, Shireen Salman, and Maro Sandrouni, to upgrade their skills and expand their product collection. The group today produces necklaces, earrings, bracelets, wall-hanging and Christmas ornaments, made of brass, semi-precious stones, wood, and hand-spun natural sheep wool. Contact: 052-955-0416 (Dalal)
Tahhadi is a felt-wool workshop established in 2018 in cooperation with Sunbula and Raymond Davis Foundation, in a small community of Al-Mehtwish. Sunbula helped setting up a new workshop, where a group of women underwent the training in needle-felting by the designer Shireen Salman. The women also were trained by Sunbula on the knowhow of running a project, such as basic bookkeeping, budgeting, managing inventory, and procurement of raw materials. The women, who previously had no economic opportunity, are now earing regular income by producing animal figures from the Bedouin life and coasters. Contact: 052-316-9782 (Um Raed)
Bedouin Silver Tent Association
Anata, Jerusalem District, West Bank
Telefax: (+972) 02-235-5317