The idea and concept was simple, to raise funds for the Al-Huda Bakery in Syria by selling a box of the finest Medjool dates for £10 during Ramadan.
Each box sold raised funds for fifty loaves of bread for a Syrian family. The Date Project is a initiative started and run by volunteers with 100% of profits going to charity.
In the first year of the project, 100,000 loaves of bread were distributed, and in 2016 a phenomenal 3.5 million loaves of bread were produced as a result of this initiative.
For Ramadan 2017, Palestine was added with a beautifully designed box in Palestinian colors being sold as the perfect gift nationwide.
This project was aimed at helping support SKT Welfare’s water desalination plant in Palestine, with each box of dates sold enabling a Palestinian family to receive 500 liters of water. In 2017, the Date Project was able to provide 3 million loaves of bread in Syria as well as 22.5 million litres of fresh drinking water in Palestine.
From 2015 to present day the Date Project has provided over 15 million loaves of bread to Syrian refugees displaced and residing in refugee camps directly from the bakery established in 2014.
From 2017 to present day over 125 million litres of clean drinking water has been provided in Palestine via a two purpose built desalination plants in Gaza, in addition Date Project has constructed a third plant to provide even more water.
Since 2017 to present day the Date Project has supported 85 orphaned children a month. The services provided have ranged from education, psychological support, Islamic needs, medical care, food and clothing.
In 2018 the Date Project added, Dates for Pakistan and as a result 6,700 patients were screened for eye disorders, 714 patients were provided with cataract surgery and 2,841 patients were given prescription and reading glasses.
From 2019 to present day nearly 3,000 families have received food packs and aid and over 950 tonnes of rice and flower have been delivered in Yemen.
From 2019 to present day over 100,000 families have been allocated essential food supplies in Rohingya.
The dates we sell are ethically sourced; they are the finest Medjool dates 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. To clarify, the Jordan Valley is a large area, not only consisting of Israel or Palestinian occupied land but also parts of Jordan. Our Medjool dates are grown in date farms located in the Jordanian segment of the Jordan Valley and as such, customers should have peace of mind regarding who they are supporting.
SKT Welfare currently operates in several countries around the world, including Syria, Palestine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia, and the UK.
The charity concentrates on providing food and water to the homeless and refugees, as well as providing healthcare, and establishing sustainable projects. SKT Welfare’s 100% donation policy means that every penny you donate 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 organization.