"This initiative shall be planted in the heart of Bethlehem and its roots shall dig deep into the soil,
permanently reinstating peace and tranquility throughout the land"
Said T. Khoury, Chairman Board of Trustees -Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF)
Since its inception in 2012, the Bethlehem Development Initiative launched by the late Mr. Said T. Khoury has achieved outstanding success, marked by a number of milestones in various fields. The Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF) was officially registered and blessed by the Palestinian Government in May, 2012. By 2013 successful funding was secured for key developmental projects marking BDF’s initial accomplishments.
Efforts begin with the rehabilitation and beautification of Manger Square in Bethlehem and continue with the management of Solid Waste in the Bethlehem governorate. The quality of public life is enhanced through the introduction of several community sports and childrens playgrounds throughout the municipalities of Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, Al-Doha and Al-Khader/ Artas area.
Our foundation has strong relationships with international organizations, which we hope will aid us throughout our journey. Examples include cooperation with the European Parliament, UNESCO, USAID, DFID, AFD, UPFI, the Quartet, World Bank, the Arab Monitory Fund and the Welfare Association.
We welcome your support and feedback geared towards enhancing the implementation of the initiative vision.
The Bethlehem Development Foundation was established by the late Said T. Khoury, as the implementation arm of the Bethlehem Development Initiative that aims to transform Bethlehem into a vibrant international spiritual destination with a sustainable economy and infrastructure to make it more accommodating to the needs of its current residents, pilgrims and tourists.
The vision of the Bethlehem Development Initiative is to transform the Bethlehem Governorate into a vibrant international spiritual destination.
It seeks to create a sustainable economy and infrastructure for the Bethlehem Governorate that improves the quality of life for residents and acts as an attraction to visitors. To implement this vision, a group of International and Palestinian philanthropists established a non-governmental organization called the Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF) in May 2012.