To meet the challenges posed by food insecurity in Palestine, KinderUSA developed the Ramadan Farmers Project. Our signature Ramadan program provides the opportunity for marginalized, needy farmers in Gaza to earn an income cultivating their lands. The project also empowers female heads of household to run their own businesses, providing training and income while also boosting the local economy.
Key features of the Ramadan Project include the following:
- Sourcing fresh produce from 70 farmers, men and women who have received the necessary ingredients to cultivate their lands to provide the food that will be used to fill the ‘food baskets’.
- Empowering 36 female heads of household through an income generation program that provides vocational training in the breeding of chickens for roasting and egg laying. We purchase fresh eggs and live chickens directly from these women, who then go on to run successful poultry businesses.
- Working directly with 40 women-run cooperatives, we purchase freshly prepared cheese, zataar, doqqa, and jams, thereby providing these women with an income to care for their families.
- The live chickens, fresh dairy, fresh vegetables, and other products go into a ‘basket’ that will feed a family of 8-10 people, mostly children, to be distributed twice during the month of Ramadan.
Your contribution will have a tremendous impact on the lives of over 20,000 children, women, and men while supporting the local economy – all for $130 a family!
Today, more than 1.6 million of the Gaza Strip’s 2 million residents rely on the delivery of humanitarian aid just to survive. With your generous assistance, KinderUSA, has been trying to make a small contribution in this enormous sea of need. Our team works hard to identify the most marginalized families, yet as our country coordinator Hana reports, “Each year, it is harder than the last. More and more people are living without.”
Our goal is to reach 2500 families during Ramadan. Last year, with your assistance, we were able to feed an additional 500 families and extend the project to aid families throughout the year.
These needy children and their families are counting on our help! No child should ever go hungry, yet the reality is that the children of Palestine are often overlooked as the world turns its attention to other urgent humanitarian dilemmas. This Ramadan, take the time to remember these amazing, resilient children in your prayers as well as with your donations.