Arab Bedouin Catering Project
“Al Sanabel” is a unique initiative to provide hot lunches to preschool and elementary school children in the Hura municipality and vicinity.
The project is a joint venture including women from Hura, AJEEC-NISPED and the Hura Local Council.
The successful Al Sanabel model was replicated In 2015, with a sister enterprise being launched in the Jewish municipality of Migdal Ha’Emek, in northern Israel. It is the first time that a project initiated and implemented in the Arab Bedouin community has been exported to a Jewish community. Al Sanabel Migdal Ha’Emek is a partnership with a local organization, Leheitiv, which provides training and mentoring for the women in an appropriate context.
as a partnership between AJEEC-NISPED and the Hura municipality, under the leadership of Mayor Mohammad al Nabari, Al Sanabel’s goals are to integrate Arab Bedouin women (primarily single mothers due to being second wives polygamous families) into the workforce and to meet the food security needs of local children.
There are currently 22 women employed at Al Sanabel, where the work day beging at 4:00. Employees take part in educational and training programs when the schools are not in session. Some have since advanced to managerial positions in the the enterprise.
Unemployment among Arab Bedouin women in the Negev stands at 80%
the highest of any population group in Israel. This challenge, along with the Food Security Law that mandates school meals for children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds up until the age of 9, served as the impetus for developing Al Sanabel.
Al Sanabel is a social enterprise incorporated as a public benefit company. All of its profits are used to fund socio-economic programs in the Arab Bedouin community of the Negev.