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Sewing Project at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church
 

The goal of the Sewing Project is to employ many men and women with full-time work. These people are given pieces of cut cloth for clothing. They sew the pieces into clothes. These clothes include long-shelve shirts, t-shirts, trousers, dresses, shirts, and jackets. The number of employees is limited by the number of sewing machines. There are thirteen sewing machines. Then, there are usually thirteen women employed full-time in the Sewing Project. All of the Women are Muslim, except for two Christians. One of these women lives in a neighboring village and enrolled her two children in Saint Ann (Al-Qiddissah Hannah) PreSchool / Kindergarten.

The Sewing Project has contracts with companies in Israel. The number of companies varies by the season and by popular demand for clothing items. Currently, the Sewing Project has four (4) contacts. Additionally, the Sewing Project produced T-shirts for the Andrew Ennabe Foundation in the United States of America..

The contacts of the Sewing Project are handled by the full-time Manager. He locates potential customer companies, signs contracts with customer companies, receives the sewing piece patterns from the companies, purchases the material for the clothing from local stores, hires and trains the workers, pays the workers, the utilities, and building rent; arranges for delivery of the clothing, and receives the payment from the customer companies.

The Sewing Project began with only men and with clothing contracts from several local businesses. At that time, this Sewing Project was the only local Sewing Project. This Sewing Project was very successful. This Sewing Project developed into a larger, more commercial sewing organization. This new sewing organization employed the men and acquired the local sewing contracts.

For a person to work in the Sewing Project, he / she must train for at least three months. Then, Abouna is hiring people with no sewing experience and paying them during this training time. This employee payment policy is expensive.

Abouna Firas is familiar with this type of project because Abouna worked for eight years as a sewer before he became a priest.

Sweatshop in Zababdeh only choice for some women Without a Map: Life in the West Bank , http://www.withoutamap.org/?p=178/?p=59

Zababdeh Sewing Project on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/Crabens#p/a/u/2/ryFYz-EGVGU

Clothes produced by the men working in the Sewing Project.

 
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The men working in the Sewing Project.

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A father working in the Sewing Project with his son.

   
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The men setting up the Sewing Project.

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Donation information

Usually, sewing products are only available locally. In special circumstances, Abouna Firas Khoury Diab will consider exporting sewing products. One negative in exporting sewing products is the high cost of transportation.

Exported sewing products are only available by donation. Exported sewing products are not for sale. No exported sewing product has been sold. Further, there are no plans to sell exported sewing products. One reason is the high cost of transportation would make the cost of the sewing products so high that a cost conscious person would buy from other vendor.

Please consider a donation to purchase more sewing machines so that the Sewing Project can expand.
Please consider a donation so that the people training can continue to be paid during thier training time.
Donation Instructions

Thank you to the following for their generous donations.

  • Andrew Ennabe Foundation.
    The Sewing Project was started / made possible by donations from the Andrew Ennabe Foundation beginning in Sept. 2007.
  • Pilgrims of Ibillin
    • In February 2008, Pilgrims of Ibillin Board approved a grant for 5 sewing machines.
    • In early 2009, the Pilgrims of Ibillin's Board approved a grant for 1 sewing machine.

For more information, please contact the following.

These pictures were taken by Abouna Firas Khoury Diab and his family.


St. George (Mar Giries) Melkite Greek Catholic Parish
Abouna Firas Boutros Khoury Diab
E-mail Address: Abouna Firas Boutros Khoury Diab, firas_khoury2002@yahoo.com
Skype Name: Doris Diab Doris_Diab, by e-mail please agree on a date and a time for a Skype Video Call
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 2 hours
Pacific Time (GMT minus 8 hours) in the United States of America is 10 hours behind Zababdeh Time, that is 2 a.m. Pacific Time is 12 noon Zababdeh Time, 12 noon Pacific Time is 10 p.m Zababdeh Time, 2 p.m. Pacific Time is 12 midnight Zabadeh Time, and 12 midnight Pacific Time is 10 a.m. the next day Zababdeh Time.
Usually, the best time to contact Abouna Firas is during his evening, that is from 7 p.m. - 12 p.m. during Zababdeh time.
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Land telephone for the Church / Home: 2510894, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.4.2510894, from Jerusalem and Bethlehem: 04.2510894 (Code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work.)
Cell / Mobile telephone for Abouna Firas: 0599789282, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.599789282, (do not dial the area code and the 0), from Jerusalem and Bethlehem: 0599789282 (Code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work.)
Fax: None
Web site: St. George (Mar Giries) Melkite Greek Catholic Church, http://www.stgeorgeinzababdeh.com/
Mailing address: St. George Church, Zababdeh, Palestine National Authority
St. George Church does not have a street mailing address nor a Post Box Office mailing address.
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