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• Through  Fair Trade in Africa (COFTA) – WFTO Africa, The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society  has been nominated and invited to participate at the FAIR HANDELN STUTTGART 2013 in Germany, slated for April 9th - 18th 2013, The organizers of the FAIR HANDELN STUTTGART 2013 have secured sponsorship for HLHCS, which covers the cost for exhibition stand, return air ticket, accommodation and meals for 9 days as well as local transport.

• The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People & Bath-Bens Charity, have agreed to create and coordinate Twin-ships between Bath-UK and Bethlehem-Palestine cities. Bath-B&NES Links , are backed by their Leaders to engage coordination and communication in each of the areas.

The first activity was the provision by the Holyland Cooperative of a Cross to help solve a problem in Bath. The second will be a Youth Sports Festival    that will be held in Bath U.K from the 21st – 26th of October 2013, named "Through sport we can  understand each other despite any differences"/

80 Palestinians from 14th -16 years old will participate in this event where education, the promotion of joint cultural activities and a network of personal bonds of friendship,  for a greater understanding and awareness amongst the communities of Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) of the challenges in Bethlehem will be fostered.

The charity also aims to deliver opportunities for Organizations that Sustain the  handicraft for the benefit of the traditional handicraft artisans in each city to work together for mutual commercial benefit.  The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society was a major contributor to represent this sector.  This is based on a  firm belief that economic empowerment at grass roots level leads to greater freedom and will help to lay the foundations for  peace and justice and the relief of poverty to a deeply troubled part of the Middle East.

• In November – December 2012  will go to Spain to market and show our new products.

• In December 2012 we will be participating in the Artigiano in Fiera in Milano Italy between the period from 1-9 December 2012.

• In November 2012 we will be participating in the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market between the period from November 22nd – December 23rd

• Mrs. Basma Barham attended this event where she had the honor of being nominated on the name of Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society to serve on the board WFTO COFTA constitution for maximum of 2 or 3 years. see the attached .

• In September 2012 we will be attending the COFTA Regional Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2012 which will be held at SG Northern Adventure, Arusha, Tanzania.

• In May 12th 2012 we have been celebrated the World Fair Trade Day in the square of Bethlehem center at Manger Square.

• In November 2011 we have been marketed our products in many places in Spain with a very good acceptance.

• In October 2010 HLCS have participated in the Fair Trade Conference in Amman.

• Participated in the Second National Fair Trade Conference “Market Potentials for Palestinian Fair Trade Products” in Al Zababdeh – Jenin / Palestine; 16th-18th March, 2009.

• We invited Mr. Tony Hall (IFAT Consultant) to spend some time with the Cooperative and serve as a consultant in the areas of business and marketing management.  We benefited greatly from his time, and are excited to continue moving forward as a Cooperative.  Click here to view his report.

• Khader Khair just returned from Italy where he made many valuable contacts and spread the word about the Cooperative.  This trip was part of the Italian Project.

• The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society will be hosting a booth at the 2007 Bath Christmas Market in the U.K.  The dates are November 29-December 9, 2007.  If you are in the U.K., please come and visit us! 


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