Meet the community of Segev Shalom

What do we offer?

Traditional Bedouin society was based on a nomadic lifestyle and strict adherence to local traditions.  With the creation of the State of Israel and the influx of modernity, the Bedouin population is in the midst of a significant transformation.  The role of women in their society is a much debated issue, today in Israel Bedouin women are the most underemployed segment of the population with %72 of women ages 18-65 unemployed. In light of that statistic, participants will meet with Amal Abualkom, a fascinating woman, who will share her personal story of perseverance in the face of many obstacles and how she started her own non-profit and social business to give Bedouin women a voice and a better future.

Over a cup of hot coffee and tea, you will be invited into her world and become a partner in her community activism.  Following her personal story participants will takpart in a a hands-on jewelry workshop together with the female elders of the community.

 

Tour details:

  • Group size – up to 50 people.
  • The tour – two hours
  • Age – 16+.
  • The tour’s start with a view of the town and the historical background and current information on Bedouin society.
  • There is also the possibility to explore an unrecognized village adjacent to Segev Shalom and have a meal at one of the residents and hear their story.

 

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Who are we?

The Yad Byad community consists mainly of Bedouin women, working to raise the quality of life for the Bedouin community of Segev Shalom and surrounding unrecognized villages. They do so by promoting women and their status in the community and creating initiatives that empower women of all ages.  

Community’s areas of activity include:

Educational programs designed to increase parental involvement in schools, volunteer work renovating kindergartens, creating complementary recreational facilities and more.

 Distribution of food, clothing and school equipment for needy families.

Development of existing projects in cooperation with the residents and the Ministry of the Environment.

Maanad – an educational tourism project, offering content related social and community involvement by creating a platform for elderly women who share their legacy and knowledge of traditional Bedouin culture.