Merian Derwent online

Last Updated (Monday, 15 September 2008 12:41) Written by John Logan Thursday, 21 August 2008 17:15

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Welcome to this site, the purpose of which is to encourage prayerful support of ordinary Palestinian people in the dire situation they endure, living under 40+ years of illegal Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In particular the focus is on the Palestinian Christian community, especially in and around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where many of them live, and try to eke out a living through carving olive wood and doing beautiful cross stitch needlework, intended for the tourist industry, severely restricted as this is in the current circumstances.
 
These crafts, along with Hebron ceramics and glass, are key to the livelihoods of thousands of families and so the health, education and well being of whole communities. This site gives an excellent opportunity for you to support them by buying from a wide selection of crafts.

We hope you will take some time to browse the site and in particular:

•  To pray for those in difficult circumstances
•  To learn more of the background to the situation
•  To use the links to visit other organisations’ sites
•  To read some stories and poetry about the situation
•  To buy the craft work which supports many families

We hope that you will want to tell others about the site and encourage them to visit too. There are a few 'Special Offers' available through the autumn, which we hope will encourage the word to get around quickly!

Also in the shop are some crafts from other parts of the world - South Africa and Jamaica, where they are the products of those living with HIV/AIDS, through projects run by Christian Aid partners Wola Nani and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life.