This week marked the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from sunrise to sunset. In addition, individuals spend this month reflecting on and enacting Islamic tenets, including empathy for the poor, charity, and communal worship.
The weather forecast for rural Senegal will remain dry and hot for much of the next month, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees. CREATE! field technicians and beneficiaries will continue to tend gardens, build cookstoves, care for chickens, and participate in other activities – all while fasting.
Poultry cooperatives in our partner communities are already planning ahead for the festivities that mark the end of Ramadan. Some cooperatives have doubled the number of chickens they raise so that they will have an ample supply for Korite festivals next month.
We wished a blessed Ramadan to our staff, beneficiaries, and Muslim supporters!