Zeki Learning is a part of a non-profit social enterprise called Child's Cup Full, based in the United States and the West Bank. Our mission is to create high quality learning materials for preschool age children that support cognitive development and language learning. At our artisan center in the West Bank, we train and employ refugee and low-income mothers to make beautifully handcrafted educational products, available to preschools in the US.
Child's Cup Full was founded in 2008 as a student-led initiative at the University of Oklahoma and with the support of the Creation for the Creation of Economic Wealth in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Janette Habashi, Associate Professor in educational psychology, started CCF with her students as a small fundraising initiative to support grassroots education programs for refugee children in the West Bank. The organization later evolved from a fundraising effort to a social enterprise focused on women's economic empowerment. Dr. Habashi realized that if CCF could create job opportunities for refugee and disadvantaged mothers, they would be able to provide for themselves, their children, and their communities. We focus on training and employing women because we know that when you empower a woman, it has a ripple effect.
Our artisan center is located in Zababdeh, a small village in the northern West Bank.
Right now, we have six women who work at our artisan center full-time, and many women who work with us part-time out of their homes. We believe that with access to business opportunities, refugee and marginalized communities can thrive.
Each purchase supports our training and employment programs in the West Bank. Make sure to also check out Darzah, our tatreez embroidered collection of women's shoes and accessories, also handmade at our artisan center in Zababdeh.