Tens of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians struggle every day to meet their basic nutritional needs. Access to food supplies has become extremely difficult, and in many cases impossible in areas where conflict is severe. For the displaced Palestinian population, especially those residing in IDP shelters, securing food is near impossible due to fact that the major part of the population has become unemployed. Soaring food and fuel prices across the country have also exacerbated the situation.
Jafra Foundation respectively attempts to focus on food security program through distributing food baskets to thousands of families as well as other necessities such as blankets and mattresses. Jafra Foundation has continued to collect funds to assist IDP and host communities suffering under such dire circumstances.
Parallel to emergency distributions, Jafra Foundation has been encountering the issue of food security by means of small agriculture projects in hard-to-reach and besieged areas aiming to provide cultivated food as a source of supplying food needs to residents of these areas. Henceforth, Jafra Foundation seeks self-sufficiency in food wise through implementation of these projects, thus food security will be allocated to cultivation of food instead of distributions
FOOD SECURITY SUB-PROGRAMS
Jafra Foundation focuses on food security programming via distribution of more than 70,000 food baskets throughout its 4 years of work inside the Syrian conflict. Jafra Foundation has continued to collect funds to assist IDP and host communities suffering under such dire circumstances.
One situation that stands out particularly, is that of besieged Yarmouk Camp. The siege of Yarmouk has entered its third year; 186 persons have starved inside the camp since the start of the partial siege in December 2012. Jafra Foundation, with the assistance of partnering organizations, was able to enter food baskets into Yarmouk at a most crucial moment, preventing the starvation of thousands of civilians through the distribution of food baskets.
Parallel to emergency distributions, Jafra Foundation has been tackling the issue of food security by means of small agriculture projects in hard-to-reach and besieged areas aiming to provide cultivated and fresh foods as a source of supplementing basic nutritional needs to residents trapped inside these areas. As a most relevant issue for civilians all over Syria, sustainable food sources provide the means for continued growth and sustenance of Syrian and Palestinian communities. Jafra Foundation has sought to provide these communities with a measure of self-sufficiency through the implementation of these small farming projects.
At present, more than 2,600 families have benefitted from Jafra volunteers’ agricultural activities inside hard-to-reach and besieged areas. Jafra hopes to continue to grow these programs in the future in order to provide a healthy environment and nourishment for both Palestinian and Syrian families living inside these areas.