Middle East

In Palestine, rabbits mean improved nutrition for children

Participants in FRB's Palestine/Gaza program are learning to raise rabbits in order to improve their family's income and health status. The Hashem's use the money from the sale of these cotton-tailed critters to pay for school uniforms and supplies for their seven children. Read their story here! 

07/21/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Fayza finds opportunities to increase household income in Jordan

Fayza is capitalizing on the agricultural training she receives in FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program to bring more income to her household. In this arid land, participants in the program receive training on expanding agricultural land and improving farm productivity with irrigation from new reservoirs and water catchment systems.

07/01/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Raising rabbits for survival in Gaza

THE GAZA STRIP is a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the most densely populated place on earth: approximately 1,657,155 people in a total area of 365 square kilometers. Conflict, water scarcity, unemployment and environmental pollution from bombs further increase the difficulty of life here and survival, rather than flourishing, appears to be the goal of most of the inhabitants. The FRB/MCC program provides rabbits and training for food and income. An average income for an employed person in Gaza is around $274-$410 USD a month. Rabbits can be sold at 3-4 months of age and can bring in approximately $13-$16 per rabbit. With no place for the animals to burrow or shelter, an unusually cold winter killed many, and fear and stress from a November 2012 bombing killed or affected reproduction in many more of these sensitive animals. FRB staff recently visited the program and spoke with participants.

06/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Gaza: A land of Contrast (Part 1)

I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) programs that we have in the region one of which, is located in the Gaza Strip.  Since my return home I’ve been struggling to find the best way to describe my experiences and to share the stories of those we visited.  As I think through all that happened in the short 1-day visit to Gaza I keep coming back to the idea that there were many “opposites” existing at once.   These opposites occurred in many different forms and I will try to explain them in more details as I write this.

Is Gaza Palestinian or is it Israeli?

According to Wikipedia, the Palestinian National Authority is the interim self-government body established to govern the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

04/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mariam’s work and ingenuity improve household income in Jordan

Mariam and fifteen other Bedouin women who received food security training through FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program are now successfully growing crops in plastic greenhouses.

Mariam's husband has a second wife, and among them they have 10 children to feed and nurture. After the training, Mariam took out a loan from the program’s small revolving loan project in order buy the materials needed to build and maintain a plastic hoop house near her home.

04/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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