Working With Villages in Palestine is a grassroots initiative thought up by Elaine and developed by both Elaine and Lisa. It was born in August 2014 with the hope of raising £1000 to help one village, by the time they went out that December, they had raised £7,000 and managed to help more villages. They returned home and told the stories of the people we had met. Their Facebook page grew as did the support and they returned on the second visit with £12,000
The idea was to buy goats and sheep for families so they could have fresh milk and make cheese. They also wanted to plant olive trees to help the Palestinians keep their land and beneﬁt from the fruit of this staple for the Palestinian people.
As well as delivering goats, sheep and fruit trees, they delivered food parcels full of cupboard staples for families.
However, the initial scope widened and Working with Villages in Palestine, paid medical bills, funded a school bus to take Bedouin children to school, paid for a land survey to be done for a farmer to keep his land, planted sage, thyme and acacia trees for farmers for them to keep their land, bought a hatchery to be used as a co-operative and bought and delivered presents for children in hospital.
Irrigation systems are also being used for families to grow their own vegetables from funding from Working with Villages in Palestine. The team is growing year on year, with others coming to help the project, helping with the planting and delivering, but also helping tell the Palestinian’s stories.