1. Palestinian Prime Minister Mr. Salam Fayyad
Mr. Salam Fayyad paid the Kalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft Cooperative a visit on the 18th of July, 2009. During his visit, he toured all the facilities at the cooperative, and participated at the graduation ceremony of the 28th class which bore the name of the late President Yasser Arafat as part of a project to empower women in the art of sewing and industrial details. The project was funded by the UNRWA and the Islamic Bank- al-Aqsa Fund, in partnership with the Palestinian Authority (the Ministry of Planning and Social Affairs). Dr. Fayyad praised the role which the cooperative has been playing since 1958 in empowering Palestinians and improving the role women play in enhancing the economic situation of families. Dr. Fayyad emphasized the role which the cooperative play in voluntary work, and pinpointed the significance cooperatives have played in the history of Palestine since the first cooperative was established in the city of Acre in 1924. Dr. Fayyad asserted the importance of developing and supporting voluntary work. In the end, Dr. Fayyad thanked the cooperative, the board members and employees at the cooperative for the efforts they have been paying to support the Palestinian resistance on inside of Palestine.


2. Mr. Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States of America

On the 28th of August, in 2009, a delegation which was headed by the former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Representatives at the delegation included former US president Jimmy Carter, Anglican priest Desmond Milo Tutu, Ela R. Bhatt, first woman President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Richard Branson, and Jeff Skoll) met with a group of women and young leaders who discussed the hardships Palestinians face under occupation. During the meeting, Mrs. Khadija Farhan spoke about a peaceful coexistence which once existed between Palestinian Christians, Muslims and Jews. Mrs. Farhan insisted that at one point, it was impossible to tell the differences between those people, that they shared together more than just meals and celebrations, yet things changed after 1948 when the Zionist gangs started to terrorize the people of the land and forcing most of the Palestinians to flee their homes ( turning them into refugees inside of Palestine or nearby Arab countries). Mrs. Farhan spoke of the unbearable Israeli harassments against Palestinians living in Jerusalem: families forced out of their homes nearly every day. Mrs. Farhan encouraged the delegation to visit the Ghawi and Hanon families to see the depth of the catastrophe Jerusalemite Palestinians face on daily



basis. Mrs. Farhan complained that all of this under the sight of a mute world who has double standards. Concerning the Economic situation, Mrs. Farhan talked about how the occupation completely paralyzed the Palestinian economy through hundreds of checkpoints and building of a racist apartheid wall around the West Bank. In the process, turning it into divided cantons and clearly representing the barbaric face of the occupation that never had any respect for international laws. Mrs. Farhan insisted on using international pressure against Israel to force it to succumb to international laws, as it is impossible for Israel to remain a country that is above the law.
3. Barbara Shenstone, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank


As part of the coordination between the UNRWA and active organizations which provide aid to refugee camps, Barbara Shenstone visited the Kalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft Cooperative. Mrs. Shenstone toured the facilities at the cooperative and learned about the services which are offered there specifically projects directed for women and the Program to Combat Poverty which is adopted by the cooperative. Mrs. Khadija Farhan, President of the Cooperative, explained the importance of such programs in combating poverty through allowing impoverished women who provide for their families to have decent living after they get practical training, during their search for employment, or through providing them with sewing machines to work at their homes under supervision of the cooperative on one hand, and participating at the development process in Palestine

4. Dr. Saadi Karnaz, General Secretary of the Palestinian Cabinet of Minister



 

On the 22nd of August, 2009, Dr. Saadi Karnaz paid a visit to the Kalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft Cooperative where he toured the facilities and participated at the graduation ceremony of the 27th class of students who finished the course in the art of sewing and industrial details. The project was funded by the UNRWA and the Islamic Bankal- Aqsa Fund, in partnership with the Palestinian Authority (the Ministry of Planning and Social Affairs).   




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