The Sustainability Laboratory

PROJECT WADI ATTIR ADAPTS TO COVID-19 TIMES

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted great changes to organizations throughout the world, and Project Wadi Attir is no exception. Here’s a brief update about how Project Wadi Attir is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the operational changes made onsite during the past few months.

In general, Project Wadi Attir has continued the bulk of its operations throughout the pandemic, though at a reduced capacity. Staff are observing social distancing rules and wear masks onsite.

Two departments, the tourism department and the education department, both temporarily shut down to protect the health of our students, visitors, and staff. The educational department  closed for the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and plans for the fall remain up in the air, depending on how the pandemic progresses. The tourism department shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, but as restrictions are easing in Israel the project has been able to receive limited, small tourist groups.

The herds remain happy and healthy, and continue to go out to the pasture daily for grazing and exercise. Now with even higher-quality fodder, milk production has increased substantially. The animals are regularly milked, and we continue to produce our premium dairy products. The demand for our dairy products has actually increased since the pandemic began!

Herds out enjoying the pasture at Project Wadi Attir
Herds out enjoying the pasture at Project Wadi Attir

We continue to move forward on various construction initiatives onsite. We are currently in the planning stages of a new pen for the herds, and anticipate beginning construction by the end of the year. We are also working on securing the necessary permits to finalize the construction of our solar energy and storage system.

Meanwhile, staff are exploring different avenues to grow and develop the project, particularly those that can be accomplished remotely. We are exploring our options for online sales of our products, working on strengthening our social media presence, and are cultivating new partnerships.

Overall, we are incredibly proud of the staff at Project Wadi Attir, who have stepped up to take on even more responsibility in ensuring that Project Wadi Attir perseveres through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is a difficult time for all throughout the world, we are confident that thanks to the determination of our team we will see this challenge through as well, ensuring a bright and thriving future for Project Wadi Attir.

Every donation helps support Project Wadi Attir through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider making a contribution today! We thank you very much for your support.

Bedouin hospitality tent at Project Wadi Attir
Bedouin hospitality tent at Project Wadi Attir

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