Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lighting up Africa, Israel style

Just a quick post about a new nonprofit based out of NYC. The Canada-Israel Committee sent out a flash about these guys today. Thought I'd share. Looks like a really nice project.

Jewish Heart for Africa is a new non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Africa, while boosting the image of Israel in the developing world. Its first initiative, Project Sol, is bringing Israeli solar power technology to Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania, providing electricity for schools and clinics, and running water pumps. - From the CIC's Weekly Fact About Israel e-brief.

Pictured above is the Abayudaya synagogue in Uganda. According to Jewish Heart for Africa, Abayudaya is a Jewish village of 800+. They'll be donating water-pumping tech to help the Jewish villagers – most of whom are strictly kosher – increase agricultural production.

Clicking through the non-profit's site, they've already finished one project and are embarking on a bunch more. A nice, ambitious piece of Tikkun Olam.

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