Laila designs and makes much of the lovely jewelry on these pages. Her extended family of 14 members live in a small house near the city of Al Khalil/Hebron, in occupied Palestine. For two summers now they have been without safe water. Recently, three of seven small children and two pregnant women have fallen seriously ill. The youngest children, only 9 and14 months old, have been hospitalized after drinking water that doctors say may have been chemically contaminated or stored too long in the heat.
Laila is selling hand-made earrings and necklaces to raise the $6000 needed for materials so that her sons can build a sealed water cistern that will enable the family to purchase safe water from a reputable source year-round, instead of small unsafe containers of water at hugely inflated cost. But she needs our help NOW to sell enough of her work to purchase the construction materials, so that no more members of her family will become ill from drinking contaminated water.
Laila’s West Bank village has rudimentary municipal water, but Israel has seized control of the Palestinian aquifer in order to supply its illegal settlers there with unlimited amounts of water. This results in restricted, interrupted, or non-existent water flow to Palestinian villages. Palestinians must buy water, either from small trucks in often unsanitary containers, or from water trucks capable of filling underground cisterns.
The family's home on the outskirts of her village is far from the water source, and there is almost never water in their pipes. And because the house has no cistern, her family has been forced to rely on the risky small containers rather than water from the safer and more reliable large trucks.
These lovely hand-made earrings and neclaces feature replicas of Palestinian coins, maps of and charms celebrating Palestine, fishing boats, butterflies, eagles and eagle feathers, and olive trees., Palestinian flags, maps, keys of return, and the iconic Palestinian character Handala. They're a classy and fun way to make a difference and show your solidarity with Palestine.
Your donation to help cover the costs of jewelry making materials and shipping of the earrings and necklaces from Palestine to the US will help speed the construction of this water cistern and assure that this family remains healthy.
Your purchase of this jewelry and your generous donations are working! Here are the supervisors of this project, making sure the work is done well.
The excavation for the cistern is finished ! Now work has started on finishing the interior.
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If you’re in or near Madison WI and would like to make a purchase in person we’d be happy to meet you. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll also have Laila’s hand-made jewelry available on State Street at the Madison Night Market on August 11, and at the Madison-Rafah sister City Project's Sidewalk Sale, July 23, at 318 W. Lakeside Street, near Lakeside Coffee House and Bernie’s Beach. If you would like to offer Laila’s lovely jewelry for sale to your church, book group, wine tasting, family reunion, birthday party, knitting circle, summer family picnic or your best friends brunch, we would be overjoyed to make them available for you. If you’d like to host a tiny sale in your yard or home, let us know!!
Purchases from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative help to provide women in the West Bank with a chance to support themselves and their families.