With the world struggling to stop the continued spread of COVID-19, Gaza’s economy has been on the brink of collapse due to the strangulating blockade of land, air, and sea for 13 years. It is utter cruelty to continue with this manmade disaster and crucial, now more than ever, that the siege be lifted. Against this backdrop, KinderUSA is preparing for the largest food distribution of the year for families during the holy month of Ramadan.
An integral part of this program is the Women Empowerment Chicken Farming Program which brings career opportunities to poor women-headed households in the Gaza Strip. These women are often responsible for families with five or more children and have no alternative income sources. The knowledge they receive through this program is a source of hope because it teaches them the skills to become self-sustaining.
This year, KinderUSA is in the process of providing 34 women-headed households with 200 baby chicks to be farmed for sale on the open market. Women will also be provided the training and tools necessary to successfully raise the chickens and hatch eggs. During this process, the women learn indispensable information about running their own business and providing for their families.
From both previous stages of this important project and the current 34 women, KinderUSA will be purchasing the chickens and eggs for the Ramadan fresh food distribution, providing impoverished families with income to care for their own families. This process helps empower women to run their own business, boosts the local economy and provides food for more in-need families.
Once we move on, these women can look forward to growing their chicken farming business and become self-sufficient. This ensures their families’ food security in the future and provides a lifeline for families during these uncertain times.
Your support remains critical during this crisis and will allow us to continue to empower mothers and serve future generations of Palestinian children. Your donation of just $100 will provide 150 chicks to a family in need. By donating you are inspiring, teaching, and feeding families that would otherwise go unserved!
KinderUSA continues to support the Women Empowerment Chicken Farming program during everyone’s fight against COVID-19. The program continues to be operational but has instituted major changes to ensure everyone’s safety. Our partners are observing all safety protocols when interacting with the livestock and each other. In addition, COVID-19 information is being provided to every family to help prevent the spread of the virus to this already vulnerable population.