The Date Project was established in 2015 by some inspirational SKT Welfare volunteers. The idea was simple: to raise funds for the Al-Huda Bakery in Syria by selling a box of the finest medjoul dates for £10 during Ramadan. Each box sold raised funds for fifty loaves of bread for a Syrian family.
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 colours 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 litres 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
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.
The Date Project is a volunteer-led initiative, overseen by SKT management and trustees. We rely on the dedication and support of volunteers to help deliver thousands of beautiful date tins across the UK. If you’d like to join us and help deliver these dates in Ramadan, please get in touch!