Empowering Communities by Empowering Women in Sudan

NEF is supporting women’s associations in their efforts to increase food security and income while protecting important natural resources. READ MORE HERE


A Malian Village Adapts to Climate Change

The story of how a small rainwater collection dam in village of Pélou came to be is a short but meaningful reflection of NEF’s work. Partnering with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bamako, NEF and the village leaders discussed how to best improve the livelihoods and food security of the people in the area. WATCH HERE


Economically Empowering Women in Lebanon and Jordan

NEF is working with Syrian refugees and struggling Lebanese and Jordanian women to help them start or expand income generating activities in order to help support their families. Meet Rokan, Huda, and Vicky – three women who with NEF’s help were able to improve their livelihoods and begin to rebuild their lives. WATCH HERE


As of 2015, 22, 276 people are now food secure as a result of NEF-led agriculture trainings.

  • Restoring Lives, Restoring Mali

    For a year, Kaadi struggled to get water to his rice fields. His earthen irrigation quickly fell apart. With some training from NEF, a few donated supplies, and his own hard work, his fortunes turned for the better just as fast.

  • Refugees get a hand up – not a hand out

    In an effort to expand her cheese making business, Hana sought help from the Near East Foundation. This help included business and marketing training, as well as capital. She hopes to increase her cheese production and move into the production of other dairy products.

  • Financial Independence in a Close-Knit Community

    Khadija is a single mother in the West Bank who started a clothing shop to give herself financial independence. NEF and the Rangoonwala Foundation to gave her the knowledge to expand and market her skills while completely taking over operation of her business.