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Work Activities 

Members of Ma’an lil-Hayat make felted-wool ornaments, nativity sets, and other gift items from the wool of Bethlehem sheep. The raw wool is purchased from women in a village on the outskirts of Bethlehem.

The work and production at Ma’an lil-Hayat are not ends in themselves but are a means toward the healthy integration of people with intellectual disabilities into the local community as well as an aid to changing the vision of society toward people with disabilities. We believe that all people, whether disabled or not, have capacities and abilities that enable them to make a unique contribution to society, regardless of their differences. We respect and welcome difference, which is a way to experience mutual enrichment. We are transformed in a positive way through sharing life together – our gifts, our joys, our suffering, our dreams.

Ma’an lil-Hayat seeks to affirm and empower people with intellectual disabilities in their claim to adulthood. Meaningful, challenging work encourages a sense of personal responsibility and genuine participation in the building of civil society.
 

 


 
Objectives

Ma’an lil-Hayat has three main areas of objectives.

Therapeutic objectives, which foster the development of self-esteem, the ability to make choices, the active participation in a learning environment, and the development of creative skills.

Social objectives, which encourage people to acknowledge their own abilities and learn to be generous in using those abilities, to become more aware of the needs and realities of other people, to work as part of a team, and to acquire a greater sense of personal and communal responsibility.

Economic objectives, which lead to a greater sense of self-respect and dignity for people with intellectual disabilities. It is hoped that sales of products will enable people with intellectual disabilities to receive a weekly stipend and to experience the joy of earning money through working. Sales of products are a tangible expression of the social recognition gained through the work accomplished, and of the value and creativity of people with intellectual disabilities.

 

Engaging parents and families of people with disabilities

Although Ma’an lil-Hayat is not a parents’ association, the relationships with families of people with intellectual disabilities are an essential part of the overall vision. Ma’an lil-Hayat seeks to ensure the continuity of this link and to encourage its evolution towards an adult-to-adult relationship between the person with a disability and his/her family.

 

 






 

 

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