During the holiest of months, when Muslims from all walks of life are infused with the spirit of generosity and compassion, KinderUSA focuses our attention to those among us who have been less fortunate. Every year during the month of Ramadan, KinderUSA works with local small scale farmers and women cooperatives laying the foundation for the future with the goal of reversing the trend of malnutrition among the innocent children of Palestine. With our partners in the region, we are linking farmers with programs and families with locally produced goods, building an environment fit for children for generations to come.
“I have been thinking of the distribution since Ramadan ended last year,” the boy told our Country Coordinator in Gaza, “So I could have chicken again.”
Those are the words of a beneficiary child from last years’ Ramadan program. With more than 70% of the population in Gaza unable to provide basic nutrition for their children our goal in 2018 is to feed a minimum of 2500 families of 6-8 and more, an estimated 20,000 people in need.
KinderUSA’s Ramadan program this year empowers 38 Palestinian female heads of household through an income generation project that helps mothers breed chickens and farm eggs, providing the necessary tools and training needed to get started. KinderUSA then purchases the chickens and eggs for use in our food distribution to families. At the close of Ramadan, we will replenish the chicken farmers laying the ground work for a self-sustaining business that provides the means to care for their family once we move on.
KinderUSA Ramadan program will purchase jams, cheeses, zaatar, maftool and more from 40 women cooperatives in addition to fresh vegetables from small-scale farmers, many of whom had lost their land, but now rent a plot to provide for their families. Your support of this program gives them the start they need to continue!
This is the impact just $130 will make when you donate the 2018 Ramadan Farmers Food distribution. Each family will receive 2 distributions through the month that includes the following:
4 live chickens, 2 flats of eggs, fresh picked vegetables, freshly made cheese, jams, maftool, and pressed dates.
Each of the farmers and women working in the cooperatives have families of their own who will benefit from your generosity. Finally, this program helps to boost the local economy while providing nutritious food to 2500 families for the entire month of Ramadan.
The children in Gaza are asking for food, not toys this Ramadan. Help us make a difference in their lives!