The Lady Fatemah Char­i­ta­ble Trust

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The eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in t he Pales­tinian West Bank is be­com­ing des­per­ate. Due to the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties are at an all-time low and un­em­ploy­ment is on the rise. Even peo­ple who are em­ployed suf­fer as their em­ploy­ers, no­tably the Pales­tinian Na­tional Au­thor­ity, are un­able to pay their salaries. It is es­ti­mated that presently 65 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in the West Bank lives in poverty. This means hid­den star­va­tion, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies who al­ready were poor be­fore the cur­rent eco­nomic re­ces­sion and do not have re­serves to fall back on. Fam­i­lies headed by a woman and with­out a male bread­win­ner, the sick and the el­derly are hit hard­est. Most Pales­tinian fam­i­lies are large. In some re­gions, the av­er­age fam­ily com­prises no less than nine mem­bers, most of them chil­dren of school age, who all rely on a sole bread­win­ner.

Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­lief So­ci­ety (HRS), a Pales­tinian hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­tive in the West Bank, es­pe­cially in Ar­roub refugee camp, there­fore pro­poses to dis­trib­ute a 20-kg sack of rice to 350 ex­tremely poor fam­i­lies. Rice is the main sta­ple of the Pales­tinian diet and is eaten for lunch and fre­quently din­ner. Most fam­i­lies can­not af­ford to pur­chase a sack of rice and re­sort to buy­ing small quan­ti­ties on a daily ba­sis. Lit­tle money re­mains to pur­chase other in­gre­di­ents of a nu­tri­tious meal, for ex­am­ple veg­eta­bles, cook­ing oil and meat. Eat­ing only or mainly car­bo­hy­drates leads to malnutrition in the long run, es­pe­cially among chil­dren, who need all kinds of nu­tri­ents to grow and de­velop healthily. A fam­ily who has a sack of rice will be able to spend its daily cash sup­ply on other food items and will thus eat suf­fi­ciently and have a more bal­anced diet.

A sack of rice will en­able fam­ily providers to ad­e­quately feed their fam­i­lies for a month or more. As­sum­ing an av­er­age fam­ily size of seven, which is a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate in Palestine, 2,450 peo­ple will ben­e­fit from this pro­ject, at least two thirds of them chil­dren. A mere four Euro are suf­fi­cient to im­prove a per­son’s nutri­tion for a whole month.

Dear LFT donors: When you sit down for your daily meals, think of those who look at an empty ta­ble and have to go to bed hun­gry. By giv­ing a small part of what you spend on food ev­ery month, you can sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove their lives.

The Lady Fatemah Char­i­ta­ble Trust is one of the first char­i­ties to use its own unique text code, LFCT14, to raise funds by us­ing Justtex­tgiv­ing, a ser­vice avail­able to Voda­fone sub­scribers in­ter­na­tion­ally.

In the spirit of the LFT, this is a new ser­vice which has no set up or as­so­ci­ated costs for the LFT and ev­ery penny do­nated via text goes di­rectly to the LFT. Once your do­na­tion has gone through, you can also add Gift Aid to the do­na­tion, which we rec­om­mend as it gives us an ex­tra 25% on your do­na­tion.

For more suc­cess sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion about how to do­nate, please visit: http://www.la­dy­fatemahtrust.org/

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