On the Palace Doorstep
“Since we started, the project has given us so much power, in our families, in our society and in our education. Today people look up to our group of women who are slowly building this organization. Four of our colleagues have just started university; they started feeling that the project challenges them and offers them the means to continue their university education.”
My family members were farmers who planted the land around the Palace. I grew up with those beautiful ruins around me. We planted and herded the sheep. My father was a visionary, and he also held a small canteen at the entrance of the Palace where we learned to deal with tourists. This built in us the base on which we work today.
Jericho is the land of tourism, the land of the 10,000 years; we are in Nuwe’meh, the place of Hisham Palace in Jericho, the land of archeology, tourism and mosaics. I had the idea to combine the beautiful mosaics I saw growing up around Hisham Palace and we started making small items in mosaic as well as silver and mosaic jewelry.
Being part of this project gave us so much self-confidence. My children and all our children also gained so much selfconfidence. We transformed our homes to such a better situation. Most of all, we are confident that our future is safe for our families.
Rusaila Derat, Palestine