Ancient tradition brings hope and fulfillment

The ancient tradition of carving olive wood brings hope and fulfillment to Mu’in Al-Atrash, 24, a paraplegic man from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. He recently received a second place in the Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity in the special needs category. Al-Atrash attributes his success to help he gets from the East Jerusalem YMCA rehabilitation program, supported by Mennonite Central Committee.

—MCC

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