Haddie & Kathryn Adopt a Camel

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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.

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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.

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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

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-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

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