JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM
The majority of Christian Arabs have been and continue to look to the tourism industry for employment. Many Christians work as guides for pilgrims or provide transportation and others are hotel managers or shop owners. There has always been a special connection that many pilgrims find upon meeting their brother Christians in the Holy Land in an atmosphere of service reminiscent of Christ serving his apostles.
“PRODUCTION OF OLIVE WOOD PRODUCTS
HANDMADE IN THE HOLY LAND
HAS DRASTICALLY DECREASED.
THERE HAS BEEN VERY LITTLE WORK
FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW.”
It is a constant goal of the Franciscans to provide opportunities to keep Christians employed. The Franciscan Press based at St. Savior’s Monastery in Jerusalem has been an avenue to provide some employment for the struggling Christians. The Franciscans continue to employ them at 70% of their wage even when there has been no work.
“THESE ARE A VERY STRONG, PROUD PEOPLE,
THAT DON’T WANT HANDOUTS OR CHARITY
BUT A CHANCE TO EARN A LIVING
AND REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES.
YET FOR MOST, THEIR LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON TOURISM
AND THERE IS SO VERY LITTLE.”
-Excerpts from “A Pilgrim’s Perspective” – a reflection by Lois Conwell
The Holy Land suffers from many challenges from the current situation which has led to drastic numbers of unemployment stemming from a lack of tourism and pilgrims in the Holy Land. Currently, 70% of Palestinian Christians are Unemployed!
The situation is extreme and urgent! The Franciscans are doing everything they can to help the severe unemployment problem but they need help . . . your help!