|Opening of Dar al-Balad, a new restaurant and "artisana"|
|الجمعة, 27 يونيو 2008 10:11|
A new Diyar institution was born this month in Beit Sahour, the traditional location of the Shepherd's Fields in the Christmas story. Dar al-Balad, a new restaurant and "artisana", is the first Diyar institution to open outside of Bethlehem city, but it represents a first step in Diyar's vision to expand its ministries throughout the West Bank. With the opening of Dar al-Balad, we are actively encouraging a revitalization both of life in the old city of Beit Sahour, and of Palestinian heritage through art and cuisine. In addition to this, Dar al-Balad is also creating 15 full-time jobs for Beit Sahour, and more than 80 part-time jobs for Ajyal members, Dar al-Kalima College students, and talented artisans. We expect to welcome 20,000 local and international visitors this year.
Also lending a hand at Dar al-Balad are several soon-to-be-graduates of the Dar al-Kalima (DAK) College. One student, Shams, says it's "a dream come true" to have secured employment even before receiving her certificate from the college. She sees Dar al-Balad as not only creating much-needed jobs in Beit Sahour, but also rescuing the city itself from a period of depression and emptiness.
Finally, the artisans themselves are delighted to have dedicated space to practice their crafts. With space for jewelry-making, glass art and ceramics, creativity and productivity are encouraged to flourish, and artists will be able to derive a livelihood from their work by selling their art in the Dar al-Balad gift shop. We are proud to offer visitors to Beit Sahour the opportunity to browse and purchase authentic, quality pieces of art made by Palestinian hands in our own artisana.
The opening ceremony, attended by Bishop Dr. Munib Younan (of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land), Her Excellency Dr. Khouloud Dibes (Palestinian Minister for Women's Affairs and Tourism), Beit Sahour mayor Mr. Hani Hayek, Swedish Consul General Mr Nils Eliasson, and French Consulate representative Jacqueline Coulon, along with nearly 1000 other guests, celebrated the beginning of a new era of growth and renewal for the old city area of Beit Sahour. SIDA contributed to the renovation costs of the Dar al-Balad building, and the French Consulate donated funds for Dar al-Balad's gracious furnishings.
Located in the Old City of Beit Sahour, the Dar al-Balad artisana is open from 9am-5pm, and the restaurant from noon to midnight every day except Wednesday. Convenient on-street parking spaces make it easily accessible from the main road.
|آخر تحديث: الجمعة, 28 نوفمبر 2008 03:08|