The Lady Fatemah Charitable Trust
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.
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