Feel-the-desert supports projects for the well being
of the Bedouin living in South Sinai wholeheartedly.
Read more about Rached’s initiative and support him!
Rached is known to many of you from trips to this region.
Since he only speaks Arabic, we are his voice on Internet.
A project to help hungry, sick, weak and crippled camels
in Nuweiba and by doing so also helping their owners and families.
A camel is often the only (meagre) source of income. A valuable possession!
So by helping the camels, you help the Bedouin.
The Bedouin let their camels roam during the summer because they can no longer afford to buy them
feed, as there is no work for the camels at the moment (no tourists). For this reason the camels forage
through the rubbish bins of the closest Egyptian town. They eat a lot of plastic and this makes them ill.
Also quite a number of camels are run over on the road at night because they cross the main roads
unexpectedly (camels sleep very little).
This is a tragedy for the beast (it often dies a slow death) and for its owner; - camels are often the most
precious possession of a family.
Last but not least, we do not have a good vet here (even if that would be affordable for most people...)
Rached wants to provide a shelter for sick or pregnant camels as well as the camels of very poor
families where they can stay temporarily to regain their strength. In this way they will be able to work
again, when the time comes.
He also wants to buy crippled camels that have been run over (and can no longer work as a result) so
that they can go on “early retirement”. This is possible in a valley just behind the Tarabin. This big valley
can easily be closed off on both sides so that camels can simply live there in the wild. In this way their
well being can be easily monitored and it will be possible to bring a good vet in from another region from
time to time, who can then treat a number of animals at a time.
Also Rached wants to grow a special long grass the camels love, it grows fast and can feed many camels.
Land has already been made available, about 200 km from here.
To begin, before the first harvest is in, Rached wants to fetch cheaper camel feed than is available in
South Sinai from the green Delta area.
HOW DO WE FINANCE THIS?
Once the project is off the ground it will be possible to sell off a calf from time to time (from one of the
pregnant camels taken in).
In this way the project will mostly finance itself.
Feel-the-desert supports local initiatives and believes in the power of small-scale enterprises.
We will donate a fixed amount of 20 euro for every participant of our desert excursions.
In the future we will assist Rached in hunting subsidies. But first we have to get started! Soon!
And off course YOU can also help! We need your help urgently to get the projects of the ground (vet
bills, fetching feed from the Delta region, payment for a farmer to grow the grass...)
Without your help we will never get off the ground. And that would be a real shame!
Whatever your currency and whether you give a little or a lot every little bit helps to get us started!
No matter the amount. Even if you only donate the cost of a packet of cigarettes or a round at the bar...
even with that we can already do a lot!
Give the message through to your friends, colleagues, family, put it on facebook... and help the project to
Without you it is impossible. We need your help in order to build.
This initiative was born out of the need and from the mind of a friendly, reliable and very involved young
Bedouin - Rached.
The project does not have a name or legal status yet; this will take time and a lot of paperwork. The
camels cannot wait. They need help NOW!
We are getting started immediately, either in the form of a foundation in the Netherlands or in Egypt.
Do you have ideas or knowledge? We would be delighted if you share!
Also for that thank you in advance!
Like most Bedouin, Rached does not have a banking account.
For this reason, Angie Barth from Feel-the Desert makes her account available.
Every cent donated guaranteed to go for the cause!
If you have already done a desert excursion and know Rached and Angie personally you will not doubt
this for a second. The rest we ask to trust us.
This is and remains a Bedouin initiative, for and by Bedouins to help their camels (work horse and friend).
As mentioned before, Rached writes only Arabic. For this reason Feel-the-Desert is his voice on Internet
and social media, and will help where ever possible.
YOU ALSO WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
Thank you very much indeed, in advance! The banking detail follows:
ABN-AMRO account number 58872733 in the name of Angie Barth, Amsterdam
Please use the reference “Camel Project” with your mail address, then I can thank you personally and
keep you up to date with the progress at the project.
THE HARSH REALITY IN PICTURES
A few days ago we saw another camel by the side of road, that have been run over. This time a young
camel. So sad :-((
At the moment it is over 40 degrees so I won’t go into the smell...
During the short car journey into the Egyptian town I took these pictures.
Really the camels are walking in the streets foraging for food.
You see them at every rubbish bin. How can this go on?
You see it with your own eyes... it is just too sad...
Please, HELP Rached to make an end to this.
Thanking you in advance for your financial support and spreading the news