Commemorating Land Day March 30, 2019

Saturday, 30 March from 19:00-22:00

@ Broughton St Mary’s Church 12 Bellevue Crescent Edinburgh EH3 6NE

Come and join us to commemorate Land Day and celebrate Palestinian culture – with live music from the band Mawtini and readings/ translations of Palestinian poetry from Christine de Luca, former Edinburgh Makar, and Ishaq Abu-Arafeh.

Enjoy home-made Palestinian finger food (included in entrance fee).

Learn about Land Day, commemorated in Palestine on 30 March, view a photography exhibition, browse a range of stalls run by Palestinian organisations, or take the opportunity to buy books, crafts and food from Palestine.

The venue has wheelchair access, a lift and accessible toilets.

In aid of Hadeel Fair Trade Shop.

For more information and tickets click here.

Hadeel Pop-Up Shop February 23, 2019

11:00-14:00, Saturday, February 23rd

Iona Community Base

21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, Scotland G5 9JP, Scotland

Are you …

  • interested in buying food and crafts in support of fair trade, justice and – in particular – Palestinian farmers and craftworkers?
  • wanting to find unique gifts and show practical solidarity with oppressed people?
  • keen to source ethical brands of products that you use regularly, but are not widely or often available in shops you frequent?

Our wee Pop-Up Shop could be the answer to your shopping dilemmas!

Since November 2018, weeWONDERBOX and Hadeel have been collaborating to regularly offer this opportunity to source unique, hard-to-get, ethical products in central Glasgow, both in occasional pop-up shop form and also through the possibility of pick-ups of pre-ordered products at the Iona Community’s Glasgow base.

Today will feature the pop-up shop, with plenty of time to browse, plus a short presentation to kickoff Fair Trade Fortnight from a Scottish Fair Trade Forum representative at 11.30 … and of course, refreshments.

For more information click here.

Edinburgh Xmas Tree Festival

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF

THE EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2018

6pm, Friday 7th December

St Andrew’s & St George’s West

13 George Street, Edinburgh

RSVP 0131 225 3847

or info@stagw.org.uk

 

 

AND

 

Carols at Six

Friday 21st December, 6pm

Carols sung by the (excellent) church choir

Congregational carols

Readings and Poetry

Come early, the church fills quickly!

 

 

 

 

Festival dates

 

Saturday 8th to Monday 24th December

 

Open from 10am to 6pm, except Sundays

Late opening, to 9pm, Thursday 13th and 20th

21 December, 10am till 2pm

Hadeel Stall at PwC Event.

12 – 2 pm – Wednesday 5 December 2018 – Closed Event – Employees Only – Edinburgh Office:

Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX

Hadeel Stall at Christmas Craft Fair – 9 Dec. Lauriston Hall.

Christmas Craft Fair celebrates local talent and community garden on the Meadows with a special afternoon in Lauriston Hall.

Fair Trade, Hadeel, local plants and seeds, bird feeders, the Lauriston Knitters, and bakers galore are already featured. We have room for more creatives; please apply for a free stall by 1st December.

All welcome, with wheelchair access and toilets.

9th December 2018
2pm to 6pm
Lauriston Hall
28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh Old Town EH3 9DJ
This is a free event
Call 07593316284

Hadeel Pop-Up Shop Launch

December 15 @ 1:30 pm4 pm

Venue

The Ground @ Iona Community Base
21 Carlton Court
Glasgow, Scotland G5 9JP United Kingdom
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Phone:
01414 429 7281
Website:
https://www.wildgoose.scot
Celebrating the advent of the Palestinian food and handcraft outlet in Glasgow

Interested in buying goods in support of fair trade, justice and, in particular, Palestinian farmers and craftworkers?

Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop in Edinburgh which has been offering this possibility for many years to the good folk of the (Scottish) Far East.

And now, as this launch event celebrates, we have the advent of an Hadeel presence in Glasgow, both in occasional pop-up shop form and also through the possibility of once or twice-monthly ‘open door’ pick-ups of pre-ordered products via weeWONDERBOX.

Today’s event will feature a pop-up shop, plus a film on a recent Hadeel/ Palcrafts trip to visit producers, some information about and opportunity to discuss future Hadeel plans, a short time of worship and of course, refreshments.

 

November 3rd 2018 Hadeel’s Stall in Edinburgh Eco Fair.

 

Building on the success of last year’s fair, we’re running it again this November. Another great opportunity for local green groups, businesses and campaigns to share their ideas and products with the wider community. We hope that you would like to book a stall at the fair.

International Fair Trade Charter launch

International Fair Trade Charter Launched

On 25 September 2018, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum united with 250 organisations around the world to launch an International Fair Trade Charter.

The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Charter was initiated by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization and leading figures from both networks were in Edinburgh to celebrate its launch. Read more about the launch here.

We now urge your organisation to support the Charter.

 Download the Charter

 Download our summary document

 Support the Charter

Hadeel Stall at Scottish MAP Fundraising Event

Medical Aid for Palestinians

As with every year, Hadeel will be showcasing Palestinian products in the Scottish Medical Aid for Palestine Fundraiser. We would encourage all supporters of the Palestinian cause to participate in this important fundraising event for Palestine.

On Wednesday 5 September the UN warned that emergency fuel stocks at critical health facilities in Gaza will run out within days, unless urgent funding is secured from international donors.

incubator in Gaza hospitalHospitals, clinics, and water and sanitation facilities all only receive 4-5 hours of mains electricity per day as a result of Gaza’s chronic electricity crisis. In order to provide round-the-clock care and essential services, health facilities must therefore rely on backup generators – intended only for emergency use – for up to 20 hours per day. Fuel for these generators, provided by the UN with international funding, is set to run out imminently at some sites.

“If new funds are not received immediately, we will be facing a potentially catastrophic breakdown in essential service delivery,” warned UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Jamie McGoldrick this week. “Some hospitals are already within a week of closing. The most vulnerable people of Gaza, who rely on public services and have limited income sources, will be the most negatively affected.”

Al Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Area of Gaza only has enough emergency fuel for one week. The UN has said that $4.5 million of funding is required to sustain these services until the end of the year.

Medical Aid for Palestinians fundraising event

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference 2018

This year’s Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018 at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries. As usual, our AGM will take place alongside.

This year’s conference will focus on partnerships for Fair Trade. Check out the draft programme here.

Due to venue size, there is a limit on the number of people that can attend. If, after booking a ticket, you find that you can no longer attend, we would kindly ask you to cancel your booking through the Eventbrite registration page or by telephoning us (0141 353 5611) as soon as possible in order to give someone else a chance to attend.

Making Grants to our Producer Groups

In September 2017, we organised a fund-raising concert, with performances by Ayman Jarjour, the celebrated Syrian classical guitarist, and the accomplished  Choir of St Andrews and St Georges West. Over 200 people attended and (after expenses) about £3000 was raised. This enabled us to make a number of small grants to some of Hadeel’s producer groups, as follows.

Surif Women’s Cooperative, near Hebron, for embroidery materials. Surif is one of our most isolated groups, has no email and faces high costs for materials and transport. The women produce highly intricate traditional embroidery, from bibs to clerical stoles, but marketing their goods is extremely difficult.

Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop, Ramallah, for materials to make purses, bags, hangings and cushion covers. This enables the workshop to continue providing vital work to support 250 part-time workers and their families.

Sindyanna, Galilee: The grant was a small contribution towards the costs of a catering course for 15 Palestinian women. This training will help the students find jobs and thus relieve poverty, with some women guaranteed work in Sindyanna’s visitor centre on completing the course.

Haneen Project, Nablus, for materials to enable development of new product lines. This will directly benefit 15 women from low income families in Balata Refugee Camp who earn a living by sewing. Hadeel’s sister shop in Jerusalem, Sunbula, is supporting Haneen in this work.

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Gaza City, for ear mould materials and hearing aid batteries for the children. One hundred young people will benefit, the  majority being from families living well below the poverty line. Properly functioning hearing aids are a vital support in the children’s education.

 

In several cases, we supplemented the grants awarded by also placing new orders for goods.

Lakiya Negev Weaving, “Sidreh”

Lakiya Negev Weaving, “Sidreh”:  This project, in the Negev area of Israel, was established in 1991 as an income generating project for Bedouin women.  Working in homesteads near the village of Lakiya more than 38 (formerly 150) craftswomen continue centuries of tradition, passed from mother to daughter, by herding, spinning, dyeing and weaving pure Awassi sheep wool.

Using drop spindles and ground looms they produce quality items which are durable, dye fast and mothproof.  Lakiya is now a part of the work done by Al Sidreh, which has adult literacy and other programmes empowering women in the Bedouin community, particularly those in unrecognized villages.

We last visited Lakiya in 2016 and had lunch at the desert home of a woman participating in the income generating program. Hadeel normally stocks small rugs and cushions, but can order larger items for customers.

Sindyanna of Galilee

Sindyanna of Galilee, run entirely by Arab and Jewish women, joined the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) in 2003.  Established in 1996, it aims to advance the Arab economy in Israel and to help preserve the land.

Olives have been the mainstay of Arab farmers for centuries.  Israeli authorities discourage sales of Arab-grown olive oil and since 1948 have confiscated over 70% of Arab-owned land. Oil which cannot be used for food is made into soap which is made by traditional methods in Nablus, then cleaned, packed and exported by Sindyanna.

As well as the original soap, other varieties are now stocked – honey, pomegranate, lemon, sage, Dead Sea mud.  Za’atar is sourced from Palestinian farmers in the Jericho area. Traditional baskets are made in a women’s project with a new centre with modern shop in Cana. Recently they began a cookery project for Arab women, hoping new skills will enable them to find work in catering.

In  2012 our study tour visited the centre and the Scots Olive Grove being developed in partnership with the Church of Scotland.   www.sindyanna.com

Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop

Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop, Ramallah: This organisation began in 1988 as a response to the desperate need of families at the outbreak of the first Intifada. It soon was serving 400 (now 270) women, providing materials and designs to women in surrounding villages. Women suddenly became breadwinners as men were imprisoned, disabled or deported.

Due to low sales, women occasionally have been sent home with no work. There are “. . . continuing hard economic conditions and travel restrictions.  The wall affects areas where some workers live; we have very limited access to Jerusalem where there are foreign tourists.

The Workshop’s products are among Hadeel’s most popular – purses, bags, hangings and cushion covers.  In 2008 Palcrafts gave them a grant to travel to Dubai to secure orders, and in 2012 gave a grant to help them publish a new catalogue.  A grant from Palcrafts in 2015  enabled them to purchase a printer/fax/scanner so they can improve their promotion of products.

Haneen Project

Haneen Project, Nablus – this project, developed in 2007 with the help of Sunbula, empowers women through the making of traditional handcrafts. Haneen -”longing” in Arabic, is located in Balata Refugee Camp, which has 22,000 inhabitants and is the largest of the 19 in the West Bank. Conditions are very difficult with overcrowding, poverty and violence.

Experimenting with ancient designs and techniques, Haneen is producing items not made in other groups. Hadeel stocks a few, mainly cushion covers.  Because of their isolated position, Haneen is quite dependent on Sunbula; it is difficult for others to buy directly and send the money

Canaan Fair Trade

Canaan Fair Trade:  Canaan sells Fair Trade and organic olive oil, almonds, za’atar, freekeh and maftoul produced by over 2,000 small farmers organized in informal cooperatives.

Their partner is Palestinian Fair Trade Organisation, founded in 2004, the largest FT producer group in the Middle East!  Zaytoun exists for the rural communities to sustain their livelihoods, farming traditions, ancient trees and millennia-old permaculture and ecosystem.”

Their projects include empowering women, Clean Palestine, micro-loans, and Trees for Life. Hadeel stocks many sizes and qualities of oil; including the first olive oil ever to be granted a Fair Trade certification, facilitated by our long-term partner in the UK, Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org.  www.canaanpalestine.com.

Hirbawi Textile Factory

Hirbawi Textile factory in Hebron has become famous as the last Palestinian factory making kufiyas, as cheap ones from China have flooded the market decimating local businesses.  Ten people are employed in the factory which through Hadeel supplies The New Internationalist and Amnesty catalogue.  Our study tour visited Hirbawi Textile in June, 2012.

Idna Ladies Association

Idna Ladies’ Association: Started in 1998, this group is located in the village of Idna, southwest of Hebron.  The village is quite isolated and suffers not only from frequent Israeli blockades of major roads, but also from the construction of the Separation Wall.

Embroidery is done by 50 women, 4 do the sewing and there are 4 paid staff at the centre.  The Association has a savings scheme allowing any member to borrow money for a particularly pressing need.  Benefiting from the help of a Japanese designer and sewing instructor, the products evince highest quality in design, embroidery and sewing.  Shoulder bags and backpacks are very popular, and their unique thistle design coasters were designed by Joan Musgrave for the Scottish market.

A Palcrafts grant in 2007 enabled 3 women to study English and acquire computer skills but this is a very proud, independent group of women who have not asked for other grants.

 

Ma’an lil-Hayat

Ma’an lil-Hayat (Together for Life), Bethlehem, with a new branch in the village of Dar Salah near Bethlehem, is the first and only wool-felting project in Palestine.

Founded in August 2009, people with and without intellectual disabilities make felted-wool ornaments, nativity sets, and other gift items. Raw wool is purchased from local shepherds (benefiting the local economy) and the whole process of cleaning, carding, dyeing, felting and drying is done by members.

A project of the International Federation of L’Arche Communities, Ma’an lil-Hayat, with 23 producers, “is a place where we discover and share our gifts through relationships of friendship and trust.”  Workers are given a weekly stipend, experiencing the joy of earning money through working.  Maha Ghareeb, director, and Suha, a speech therapist, came to Scotland in 2011. Hadeel has funded 2 electric carding machines for Ma’an, who are now in new premises.  They have succeeded in getting donations for a new more industrial size electric carding machine so that the carded wool now is better quality and the work much quicker.

Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre

Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre, Beit Jala: Lifegate is an organisation with Palestinian and German staff, whose goal is to help the Gate of Life stay open for people with impairments, whether physical or mental. Lifegate conducts a thorough assessment of each child’s needs with examinations by both Israeli and Palestinian doctors. A well-equipped new building opened in 2013 enables many staff to do diagnostics, medical care, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy and special education for 30 disabled people.

There are sheltered workshops and the first special school on the West Bank for children with special needs.  Workers receive payments for products they make but this is not a large part of Lifegate’s mission. Carpentry, blacksmith, shoe repair, tailoring, knitting and traditional crafts are taught and sometimes lead to the person returning with skills to his/her home.

Lifegate have received several grants from Palcrafts, the latest in 2016 for the purchase of a computer to use with disabled children in their kindergarten and school.  www.lifegate-reha.de

Oasis Workshop for People with Special Needs

Oasis Workshop for People with Special Needs, Beit Sahour  was founded in 1998 under the Health Work Committees, was the first Palestinian workshop providing an opportunity for adults with special needs to be given vocational training, engage in meaningful work and retain dignity. A social worker visits families to support them.

Three employees help 15-20 workers, aged from 18 to 45 years, to produce attractive recycled paper items – also a first for Palestine. Candles and other products, such as babies’ screen printed body warmers, have been developed.

There is no funding from the Palestinian Authority. Our grants have enabled the purchase of a paper mixing and heavy card cutting machine in 2010 and in 2016 a computer.  A guest of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Palcrafts, Mrs. Lousi AlBadawi, an employee, came to Scotland in 2017 for the 2-week Fair Trade Fortnight.  She addressed several schools and fair trade groups, gaining confidence and gave illustrated talks about the situation in Occupied Palestine for people with disabilities. As a result of these personal contacts, extra donations to Oasis have been granted

Women’s Child Care Society

Women’s Child Care Society, Beit Jala was  established in 1944, WCCS aims to provide activities to empower women, children and youth in all aspects of life. Their projects including a nursery, housing and income generating kitchen. The embroidery centre, established to preserve their heritage, now supports about 50 women who specialise in the unique tahriri work, done with couching stitch using Syrian silk thread – ever more difficult to obtain.

Unique to the Bethlehem/Beit Jala cultural heritage, tahriri embroidery takes six months to master because it is so difficult. The huge settlement of Gilo is built on confiscated Beit Jala land. The worsening political situation has caused 60% unemployment in the area, resulting in heavy emigration.   The group lacks structures like code numbers and product development which would enable more sales.

Surif Women’s Cooperative

Surif Women’s Cooperative in Surif, a village near Hebron, is one of the most isolated groups. Started in 1950 by the Mennonite Central Committee, the project became a co-op in 1983.  Due to lack of sales, the co-op currently gives little work to only about 150 of the 400 women members.  Five staff work part-time at the centre but are paid only if there are sales.

The embroidered work is incredibly precise, done on 100% cotton material woven in Jerusalem’s Old City. Clerical stoles with the iconic Jerusalem cross design are a best seller on Hadeel’s website. Marketing finished items from Surif is now impossible without outside help.

Communication is difficult: the group has no email and roadblocks add to the costs of both materials and transport. Electricity, telephones, and water are frequently cut off, and the Separation Wall runs very close to Surif village.  These dire circumstances have left the co-op in debt and struggling to survive

Al Zaytouna

Al Zaytouna is a business which originated in creative workshops at the International Centre, Bethlehem.  Every piece in the beautifully handcrafted sterling silver jewellery collection, “Peace Next to your Heart”, is unique as it originates from a cast of a single Bethlehem olive leaf.  Designer Nadira Al Araj and the Kattan family silversmiths have developed a collection where you will find that gift for a special occasion

Bethlehem Committee for Rehabilitation and Development

Bethlehem Committee for Rehabilitation and Development:  BAWU helped to start this family-run workshop with small business funding assistance. BCRD produces sterling silver items, which are mostly religious.

The workshop has suffered severe damage from IDF operations.  Additionally, the family was out of their home for 40 days and everything was stolen. At one point, they had no work for 42 months.  They received a 2012 grant from Palcrafts for new machinery which has alleviated health and safety risks in the workshop.

Like other local businesses and artisans, the lack of tourism severely affects their sales.

Bethlehem Arab Women’s Union

Bethlehem Arab Women’s Union: Most of our beautiful runners and mats are made by 100 women working at home, bringing the work to be washed and finished at BAWU by 2 staff working there. Formed in 1947 to cope with medical emergencies during the war, it now promotes Palestinian food, arts and crafts, marketing items with strict quality control ensuring sustainable development.

They aim to provide work opportunities for poor people in the Bethlehem area.  Lack of tourism has resulted in a severe drop in sales and marketing is severely limited as travel permits to Jerusalem are rarely given. BAWU maintains a Folklore Museum. Their charitable work is very diminished through lack of donations; however, like other Palestinians, the women involved prefer work to charity: “When you give work to people you give them life and courage and produce peace.”

A Palcrafts grant in 2006 was used for a fax machine, sewing machine and product labels. In 2016 our grant gave them a computer and professional printer.