Women and youth have few places to go in our town, therefore few options to improve their skills, get new ideas and new knowledges. CFJ- Beit Ummar seeks to empower women and girls to have control over their lives and be able to participate actively in social, political and economic domains.
FINISHED AND ONGOING PROJECTS
Since Beit Ummar is a city that relies primarily on agriculture as an important source of income, CFJ has paid thissector special attention when it comes to sustainable development projects. One of the most importantagricultural projects is the reclamation of 27 dunums of inherited land located on the main road 60, and thereclamation of this land is very important to save it from being seized by the occupation soldiers. Many things havebeen done on that land. We are currently growing prickly pears. by growing 230 prickly pear plants on an area of 3 acres and turning them into juice and selling them here. This will provide income for farmers, and those whomake prickly pears into a smoothie. Some studies indicate that it is an ancient plant that the Canaanitescultivated in Palestine thousands of years ago. This project enhances the cultural value of this plant. This strongand resilient tree is characterized by its ability to face all difficult climatic conditions such as drought, heat, coldand winds etc. Its leaves transform into fine needle thorns, but they are very stinging for those who approachthem. As for their stems, they are plates that hold water, and their roots extend deep into the ground Prickly pearshas therapeutic benefits. Its leaves are known to store water and are use In therapeutic recipes for skin diseases,as well as for treating pimples and burns. Various cosmetic materials are prepared from it, and there is pricklypears oil as well
Cactus juice manufacturing
The Cactus juice is manufactured by the Women's Cooperative in Beit Ummar and marketed in Germany. This project enabled women financially.
At the moment we are working to establish a local market and factory in Beit Ummar. The market will be run by our women committee and be favorable for residents in our town, the surrounding villages and for people throughout the West Bank.
We want our women to be active citizens and contribute to provide them with the tools and trainings they need to be part of developing our society in a good way. The market will become self-sufficient, providing local women with much needed income and skills in marketing, product design and business management.
Beit Ummar is famous for its grapes, fig, apple and plums. The agriculturist have the opportunity to produce Value Added Tax (VAT) product such as jams, molasses and dried figs. With the consultation of Fair Trade organizations, the ultimate goal is to sell these products abroad, enabling local women to access markets they otherwise have not been able to reach. The market will also be designed to expand as capacity is increased, and include products from neighboring towns such as Sourif, Al Jaba' (known for olive oil production), and Arroub refugee camp (handicrafts).
Bridges of hope
This project targets students and their mothers in two schools in the old city of Hebron: Al Sahla and Wadi Al Nassara
Goat Farm Project:
This project targeted marginalized families in general and women specifically. It will mainly help them financially, reducing unemployment, encouraging
productivity, and supporting women to be more independent.
Marketing skills trainings:
Women in Beit Ummar and other villages had the opportunity to be trained on marketing products in and outside Palestine.
This helped them to be more independent and find better job opportunities.