In 2011 the late Mr. Said T. Khoury launched the Bethlehem Development Initiative with a vision to regenerate and revitalize the Bethlehem and surrounding area to transform it into a vibrant international tourist destination. In May 2012 Mr. Khoury established the Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF) to implement the Strategic Action Plan that has evolved out of this initiative.
Since its establishment BDF has been keen on achieving the goals set forth by the Development Initiative and on moving closer to realizing the core vision of Mr. Khoury’s Initiative.
Efforts begin with the supporting the restoration of the Nativity Church, the rehabilitation and beautification of Manger Square in Bethlehem, elevating Christmas festivities and continue with the management of Solid Waste throughout the Bethlehem Governorate. The quality of public life is enhanced through the introduction of several community sports and children’s playgrounds throughout the municipalities of Beit Sahour, Beit Jala and Al-Doha.
Our foundation continues to have strong relationships with regional and international organizations including the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Arab Monitory Fund, the European Parliament, UNESCO, DFID, AFD, the Quartet, the World Bank and the Welfare Association. We welcome your support and feedback geared towards enhancing the implementation of the initiative vision.