As efforts continue to protect its citizens from rocket fire and infiltration through tunnels from Gaza, virtually everyone in Israel is affected in some way or another. With some 86,000 reservists called up, most families will have loved ones serving, and large parts of the country continue to live under the threat of rocket fire, with repeated sirens and alerts. Naturally the south of the country is the most affected, due to its proximity to Gaza, meaning more rockets, the threat of mortar attacks and infiltration through tunnels, and shorter alert times.
As crowds of Haitians spilled out of church services last week marking the second anniversary of the earthquake which killed more than 300,000 of their compatriots, work was nearing completion on World ORT's new vocational school which, in a small but significant way, will be an answer to some of their prayers. When it opens in the capital Port-au-Prince in the coming months, the school will fill a glaring gap in the country's reconstruction effort.
World ORT's International Cooperation Department aims to bring Israeli now-how and Jewish empathy to Rwandawith a unique training programme for health care professionals.
One major institutional funder, in the UK, has expressed interest in backing the desperately needed $400,000 programme, which has been welcomed by Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, but more financial support is being sought.
This week, the 14th anniversary of the outbreak of the genocide in which 800,000 people were murdered in 100 days, ORT IC's Genevaoffice Director Randy …
World ORT's non-sectarian humanitarian department, ORT International Cooperation, has completed a thorough evaluation of a $75 million World Bank-funded programme to reintegrate the veterans of Burundi's 11-year civil war into peaceful occupations.
More than 50,000 members of the warring Hutu and Tutsi factions are eligible for assistance under the four-year National Demobilisation, Reinsertion and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants Programme (PNDRR) in Burundi, a landlocked central African country of 8million inhabitants.