The Women’s Child Care Society (WCCS) was established in 1944 in the Christian village of Beit Jala near Bethlehem. Over the last five decades, WCCS has grown to serve increasing needs of the community. Today, it runs a nursery, activities for senior citizens, youth summer camps, low cost-housing, and an income generating projects through the handicraft production. WCCS also runs an embroidery centre that currently provides embroidery work for 50 women from 10 villages in the area. The women take fabric and threads home to work while running their households, and bring the finished pieces back to the society.
WCCS is the only group in Palestine that has preserved the Tahriri, couching stitch embroidery that is unique to Bethlehem area. The society has trained 15 women from the village of Tequa’, south of Bethlehem, to produce pillow and runners gorgeously decorated with gold and silver chords twisted into vividly colored threads. After six months of training, a woman becomes
skilled in this special technique, preserving it in the time.