Near East Foundation (NEF)

Founded in 1915, the Near East Foundation's mission is to help build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. NEF is an operational NGO with projects in seven countries -- Armenia, Egypt, Jordan, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, and Sudan -- where we work to directly improve the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people through programs in Peacebuilding, Civic Engagement and Education, Sustainable Agriculture, and Business Development. In the field, approximately 50 NEF staff members-all of them from the countries in which they work-partner with local organizations to find homeg...
Apr 15, 2013

Over 400 Families Increasing Their Food Security

Families prepare to plant crops
Families prepare to plant crops

With your support, NEF is helping 440 families in Mali increase their food production and their income.

Since our January report, we have distributed 1,775 kilograms of seeds in eight villages in need: Bagui, Korientzé, N'Gorodia (rural commune of Korombana), Dari, Deri (rural commune of N'Diaptodji), Mounouwel, Kikara (rural commune of Gandamia), and Gafity (rural commune of Debere).

Their new crops will include shallots, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, cabbages, lettuce, and peppers.  The families will eat a portion of the food they produce and sell the remainder to earn an income.

Our team of experts in Mali provided a variety of support to village farmers during the planting season. This included practical advice on techniques for increasing production, such as the use of organic fertilizer, transplanting seedlings, efficient irrigation, and protecting crops against insects.

With the coming rains, the seedlings will begin to mature into productive plants. Our team will continue to provide ongoing technical support to the farmers through the rain and harvest season. We will evaluate food production in the villages to see which methods were most beneficial in helping farmers increase their production, and which crops grow best in a given area.

Women benefit greatly from vegetable production supported by NEF. The gardening activities provide women with the opportunity to earn an income without leaving their village. There are few other ways for them to earn a living except to travel to cities, such as Mopti or Bamako, where they can work as laborers or in private homes.

THANK YOU for supporting these families in Mali as they recover from drought and occupation!

The crops begin to grow!
The crops begin to grow!
Families take a break from working in the field
Families take a break from working in the field
Feb 13, 2013

Palestinian Women Generate $130,000 in Revenue with NEF Support

School children buy nutritious snacks at canteen
School children buy nutritious snacks at canteen

At 10 a.m. every morning, 300 children burst through the doors of the Jerusalem school Madraseh al-Quds and run towards the outdoor playground. Before the children begin to play, they race to the canteen to buy a morning snack. Because of the Near East Foundation’s (NEF) work with local women’s associations, the school is able to provide its students with fresh and nutritious snacks every day—while also supporting the livelihoods of participating women.

The savory Palestinian treats produced by the women’s associations supported by NEF are filled with local cheese and spices. Members of these women’s associations have learned new skills in NEF trainings – including accounting and business management – and have participated in horticulture projects. Combined, these activities have led to the creation of more than 168 jobs for women.

The Balata Women’s Society, located in the Balata refugee camp, is one of the women’s associations that has benefited from NEF training and whose members sell baked goods in the school canteen. The canteen’s shelves were once filled with candy, juice boxes and potato chips--representative of the malnutrition problem faced by more than 20% of the Palestinian youth. Now, the canteen provides healthy alternative snacks to the children, many of whom come to school with an empty stomach.

On an average school day, the Balata Women’s Society makes about $80 by selling snacks in the canteen. The profits are distributed among the women who work there. In 2012, there were a total of 57 school canteens set up by women’s associations supported by NEF, which collectively have generated $130,000 in revenue.  The women are excited to continue providing children with nutritious alternatives, while at the same time continuing to invest in their self-created businesses and supporting women members of their associations.

Your support to women’s business development increases incomes and opportunities for families in the Palestinian Territories.  We are excited to expand our work and share similar stories of the impact our activities have on families. Thank You! 

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Women's canteen at Madraseh al-Quds School
A child enjoys a nutritious snack at school
A child enjoys a nutritious snack at school

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Jan 14, 2013

Eight Community Gardens to Feed the Hungry with Near East Foundation Assistance

With your support, the Near East Foundation is at work in Mali purchasing seeds and basic agricultural supplies for eight community gardens in the villages of Korientzé, M'Bessena, N'Gorodia, Dari, Deri, Kikara, and Mounouwel Gafity.

These villages are located in the Mopti Region - one of many areas that have little or no food security due to Mali’s political instability and last year’s poor harvest.

It is now the planting season for vegetables. The seeds and supplies being provided by our team – thanks to donations like yours – will produce badly needed crops of shallots, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, and lettuce to feed a multitude of families in the coming months.

Your gift is supporting our ongoing relief work during this time of crisis in Mali. Thank you!

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