As you know, every month I introduce a charity organisation on my blog in order to raise awareness for them. Since I have this fantastic platform, my blog, I try to use it to support good causes too. This month I’d like to introduce The Date Project.
What is The Date Project about?
The Date Project is a charity founded in 2015 by SKT Welfare volunteers. Back then, the aim was to raise money for Al-Huda Bakery in Syria by selling a box of the finest Medjool dates for £10 during Ramadan. Every box bought fifty loaves of bread for Syrian families. In 2015 100,000 loaves of bread were distributed. Then next year 3.5 million loaves of bread were produced as a result of this initiative.
Dates4Orphans gift box
This year, they have kindly sent me their Dates4Orphans gift box.
Since the Syria conflict began in 2011, over 3.5 million Syrian refugees have fled into Turkey and the numbers continue to rise. Many Syrian refugee families in Turkey left their homes wearing nothing but the clothes on their backs and are in desperate need of support. Many have experienced unparalleled levels of trauma and continue to experience tremendous grief and alienation, while thousands of refugee children are out of school.
Almost 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in schools or receiving an education – the very thing the children need to build brighter futures. Compounding this, many of the children have been exposed to extreme violence and psychological and emotional distress.
To help redress this, SKT Welfare built the Springs of Hope Family Centre which caters for the needs of 215 Syrian orphans as well as 70 widowed mothers.
This year, The Date Project has four causes to help:
- Dates4Orphans – provides education & opportunity for orphans
- Dates4Pakistan – helps restore eyesight
- Dates4Palestine – provides 500 litres of water
- Dates4Syria – provides 50 loaves of bread
- Dates4Rohingya – provides vital food and aid
About SKT Welfare
SKT Welfare is dedicated to the delivery of socio-economic solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief, with the aim to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poor and disenfranchised communities. The charity provides the homeless and refugees with the most basic needs: food, water and healthcare. They also help establishing sustainable projects. SKT Welfare’s has a 100% donation policy, which means that every penny of donation is used for serving those in need, not administrative nor overhead costs, which are either covered by direct donations themselves or by using Gift Aid. This unique policy sets SKT Welfare apart from most international NGO’s and is the guiding principle of the organisation.
The date gift boxes
The Date Project has very generously sent me a box of dates, which we did, as Bobcat’s only fruit intake is currently restricted to dates and raisins. which means, he absolutely LOVES dates. So do we. These dates have nothing to do with the ones you can buy in most supermarkets. They are beautiful, large dates and they are not too sticky and sugary either but soft and they taste like real fruit.
These gorgeous Medjool dates are ethically sourced from the Jordan Valley inside Jordan, hand-selected and packed by a community of Syrian refugees who are employed in the process. Please note, none of the dates have been selected from Occupied Palestine/Israel. This is because customers should have peace of mind regarding who they are supporting.
Please help these project by purchasing one of the gift boxes online or check out the list of the stockists.
If you’re interested reading about other inspirational charities I wrote about, why not have a read: Good Cause Of The Month: The Secret Pillow Project