Haddie & Kathryn Adopt a Camel

Posted by on in Volunteer Stories
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 1648
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

Meet Khalil the Camel, the great-grandchild of the very first Holy Land camels, on whose backs the vision of Holy Land Designs was carried.


In the days of old, 1998 to be exact, a young woman named Nancy had the dream of going to college. The ninth of eleven children and raised in a small village, Nancy's chances of achieving that dream were slim to none. That is, until she teamed up with a retired American teacher (and full-time rockstar). Neither woman had any idea what they were getting themselves into.

Armed with a simple sewing machine, a bolt of fabric, and a trusty wood-working sidekick named Peter, Nancy produced the first generation of Holy Land camels, and Amal the Camel (the great-grandfather of Khalil the Camel) was born.

What started with a suitcase of 90 olive wood camels and a dream catapulted into a company that employs over 20 full-time workers. Nancy has received her business degree, and Holy Land Designs has afforded countless opportunities for deaf, disabled, or disadvantaged Jordanians and their families.


And, because of Holy Land, Khalil the Camel has the opportunity to travel the world with us (Haddie & Kathryn, in case you forgot). Keep up with Khalil's adventures with his personal hashtag: #khalilthecamel and keep an eye out for more Camel Cameos.

In the meantime, we thought you might like to get to know Khalil a little bit better. Cue theme music:


Khalil “the Camel” the Camel


-4 years old

-Handcrafted in Amman, Jordan

-Fluent in Arabic, English, French and Camelese

-Dreams to find himself by backpacking through Europe

-Hobbies include (but are not limited to) interpretive dance, underwater basket-weaving, performance haikus and freestyle rap battles

-Known to cry in romantic movies and recite eloquent verse as the sun dips softly below the horizon

-Short-term goals: resume-building, move out of parent's basement, and learn what it means to fall in love

-Long-term goals: pay off college debt, build a substantial 401K, teach his son to play catch, have a son

-Favorite day of the week: Wednesday


Back to you Charlotte,

Haddie & Kathryn

Last modified on
Trackback URL for this blog entry.


  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, 24 September 2017
Powered by EasyBlog for Joomla!


Blog Archive

User Area