“When I am done with a piece, my teacher would take it to one of the nice women to turn it into an item of use, like a wallet or a keychain. I love going to bazaars, because I get to meet new people and hear what they have to say about my work. I went to many bazaars before with my teacher, and I helped sell my work,” said Buthayna.
Buthayna is not only known for her embroidery, but also for her leadership skills. She loves to assist her classmates and to extend a helping hand. “I always wake up at 06:30 in the morning, get dressed and wait for the centre’s bus to pick me up at 07:04. The first thing I do when I arrive is sanitize the tables, gather my classmates and start working on the pieces while we wait for our teachers,” said Buthayna.
“When Buthayna first joined the centre, she shied away from people. She did not always follow the rules, sometimes making it difficult for us to understand her,” Buthayna’s teacher Sahar explains. “Now Buthayna is a successful young woman who is fully capable, from preparing her meals to getting dressed, to manage her daily activities. She now knows how to express her emotions and communicate effectively; she is more confident and is also a great assistant when it comes to helping out with other students”.
Since 2002, the Government of Germany through the German Development Bank, KfW, has been partnering with UNDP to meet the priority development needs of the most vulnerable in Palestinian communities. To date, eleven phases of the programme were generously financed with approximately EUR 101.9 million, in support of the Palestinian people through UNDP, creating over 1.2 million workdays and generating 2,275 permanent jobs.