Looking Back at 2017

Dec 7, 2017

To our valued supporters,

At this time each year, I look forward to updating you on the impact we are making in communities desperately in need of help. I am proud and grateful to report that NEF continues to provide practical solutions to the most pressing development issues of our time – even in the face of dwindling humanitarian aid. Your support strengthens our ability to make a positive and lasting impact on the future of families who would otherwise be struggling to survive.

When I take stock of NEF’s impact, it always comes back to the people we work with: their stories of trial and triumph, and their remarkable resilience even in the face of conflict, displacement, inequality, and exclusion.

Together we have helped women like Asma, who fled Syria amidst a civil war for Jordan seeking safety and a better future for her family. She described her experience, saying: 

“To see your home destroyed after you had been living in it for almost 16 years is an extremely difficult feeling. But then you think, aside from your health and the health of your children, you can get through anything.” 

Because of your support, Asma was able to do just that. After attending business development training and receiving a small start- up grant, she launched an at-home catering shop and now earns enough of an income to support her family. Instead of living in fear and worry of what tomorrow will bring, Asma now looks forward with a new sense of power, purpose, and opportunity. Click on the video below to see Asma describe how her life has changed.

In times of turmoil like we see today, it’s impossible to recover alone. People need a chance to succeed and the support and skills to adapt and rebuild. Simply put, people need a hand up, not a hand out. It is your generosity and belief in the power of what a hand up can accomplish that makes our work possible.

We do not know what tomorrow will bring. What we do know is that your support will ensure that families – in need of lifesaving assistance – are able to rebuild their lives and sustain positive change. Now more than ever, we must remember our sense of humanity and duty to help our fellow citizens of this world, especially those who are experiencing unparalleled hardships.

This holiday season, I hope that you will consider including NEF among the charities you support. With 90% of each donation going directly to our programs, your gift will be put to work immediately, responding to the growing needs of displaced, vulnerable, and marginalized communities.

On behalf of all of us at NEF, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


Charles Benjamin's Signature

Charles Benjamin
NEF President

Give monthly to make an impact all year


a month

will fund safe transportation to and from NEF’s trainings
so women like Asma won’t be subjected to dangerous check points or harassment.


a month

will fund a business development training course.


a month

will fund a startup grant to help someone launch a business.


Empower someone to become the driver
of their future today.

The number of families struggling to survive grows by the day. We need you help now. Your gift to NEF supports education, peacebuilding, job and income creation, and community empowerment for people in some of the most impoverished areas of the Middle East and Africa. 

Make your contribution today!


Hear from Asma:

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