Nowadays in Lebanon, following the long-term Syrian Crisis, the ongoing melt-down of the Lebanese currency and the recent and still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, refugees living in the Palestinian camps are every day in greater danger of hunger. Many of those who still had a job before the pandemic lost it. Market prices have followed the rate of exchange of the Lebanese Pound against the Dollar; once fixed at 1500LL for 1$, it can hit 9000LL for a single $ currently! Most families are not able anymore to provide enough food to get the minimal daily nutriments.
When we launched the Organic Rooftop Farming Project, situation was already dire, but we didn’t expect to reach that extend of needs.
The donations received through GlobalGiving allowed us to prepare the base of 3 rooftops where beneficiaries are able to seed, germinate, grow-up and harvest organic vegetables and herbs. The 3 rooftops are also a place to train other beneficiaries who wish to transfer the idea on their own rooftop. Through other projects, Jafra helps them to get seeds, pots and soil as most of them can’t even afford them.
Through other projects too, we could also provide the material to do organic compost on one rooftop. We’ve installed a system to collect rain water. We thus now have prepared 1 rooftop that gathers all the necessary elements and skills for organic vegetable production as well as organic eggs and poultry production, in order to assure protein income to the family beneficiaries.
We still need your financial help to be able transferring the full idea in more than 1 rooftop. We consider self-reliant food production will soon be the only way people of the camps will be able to eat. The economic situation of Lebanon is every day worse, situation in the camps is even harder.
Across Lebanon, Palestinian refugees reside in 12 camps and 42 informal gatherings. The camps are congested urban ghettos, cut off from the rest of city dwellers by concrete blocks to buttress security. Inside the camps, poverty rates have risen by 23% in 2015, compared to 8% at the beginning of the Syria crisis. At present, 90% of Palestinian refugees live below Lebanon's poverty line of US$3.8 a day. Resilience capacities need to be strengthened and camp conditions improved for Palestinian refugees.
Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development have launched a GlobalGiving project "Organic rooftops farm in Palestinian refugee camps " in November 2019. Donations will help the constituents be provided with food at no expense, as well as turn the camps from a grey area to a green serene scene.
The situation in the camps has gone from bad to worse, throughout the current situation in Lebanon. Households have a bigger need now more than ever for the organic rooftops. They need it not only for fresh air but also and more importantly to feed themselves as well as their families.
Within the past month, we have almost raised the amount, to begin with, one rooftop, and have started looking for rooftops that we can proceed with. Our beneficiary lives in the camp – they are a household of 6 and there is only one figure at home who is currently employed. They are living on a day-to-day income. With respect to the given situation, things have become even tighter, and means of living are not great either. With this project comes hope.
Since this is a community-based project, the community has been helping with providing water, soil and needs to go green. Jafra Foundation will continue to explore all the needs and services needed. We continue to thank our donors for their generous contributions and reassure individuals their donations are making a significant impact on the lives of those living in the camps, helping them lead the scene and go green.
Nov 20, 2019
Rebuilding Palestinian Livelihoods in Yarmouk Camp
By Leila Solh - Grants Coordinator
Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development has launched a GlobalGiving project "Rebuilding Palestinian Livelihoods in Yarmouk" in July 2018. Donations have helped to pave the way for returnees by conducting rubble and debris removal, as well as solid waste management activity.
Outcome: Around 35 workers and volunteers worked tirelessly to clean the camp and clear its roads. With rental of trucks and bulldozers, an average of 12 tons of rubble was removed daily. Several main roads and sideways were cleared, after which workers and volunteers conducting thorough cleaning. The collected rubble and waste are transferred to dumpsites located on the outskirts of the camp, remotely from any residential buildings and facilities.
This project will come to a close. We continue to thank our donors for their generous contributions and support, and we reassure that their donations are making a significant impact to the lives of those affected on the ground. The project came to an end given the insufficient funds to make it sustainable, however, we resume supporting the families within Yarmouk in various ways through our international partners. We look forward to introducing to the global giving community new projects that positively impact the lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees.