Jewish Heart For Africa

Rating: 4.86 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Religion

Location: 520 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: Jewish Heart for Africa is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that brings sustainable Israeli technologies to African villages. Our first initiative, Project Sol, arranges for the financing and installation of Israeli solar panels to power schools, clinics, and water pumping systems in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. Project Sol provides light for education, solar powered refrigeration for storage of life-saving medicines and vaccines, and water pumping systems to the millions that still lack access to clean water. Our second initiative, Project Agro, brings Israeli drip irrigation techniques to African villagers to improve local agriculture. Using the technology that made Israel’s desert bloom, our drip irrigation systems help farmers to grow more crops, prevent starvation and promote economic growth. Since our founding in 2008, we have completed 23 projects, impacting 70,000 African people with Israeli technology. We provide for sustainable economic development in Africa, all while investing in Israeli innovation and improving Israel’s image around the world.

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Rating: 4 stars  

JHA has made amazing progress in a very short time. I feel proud to know about JHA, to spread the word about JHA and to continue to support this great nonprofit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Speaking with participants, students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them to grow.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JHA is dedicated to effecting long term change in the way that solar panels power the world.It is an amazing organization with a great cause that has changed the lives of many.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and dedicated to their cause

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My experience with Jewish Heart for Africa, the staff, and the volunteers involved with the organization has been nothing less than exceptional. Everyone is so invested in raising awareness and funding projects. All my life, I have been involved with charities involving the IDF. This organization brings together two unlikely countries to impact the lives of thousands. The fact that this organization not only boosts Israeli economy while providing light to African villages/schools, it shines an even greater light on the generosity of people and the impact Israeli technology has on the world! I am soo happy to be a part of JHA and hope to be for a very long time.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the staff and volunteers are genuinely interested in the betterment of African lives and promoting amazing new reusable Israeli energy technology. Everyone takes an initiative to find a project and see each one through.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so welcoming and smart! Volunteers are from all different professional fields but share a passion for this organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1) donate 10,000 refrigerators to clinics or 2) give light to 2,000 schools or 3) give light to about 500 villages for 30 years and soo much more!

Ways to make it better...

I started earlier and had more time to personally work with Sivan before she moves to Israel

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I've been a supporter of Jewish Heart for Africa for approximately 1 year. I'm so pleased that contributions to this single organization reach the Israeli economy, support development of solar power and provide a 'light unto the nations.'

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The JHA team

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, fun and a pleasure to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the lives of millions more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Currently, I am aiming to raise money for JHA by asking people to sponsor me for running the ING NYC Marathon (yesterday). In addition, I volunteered on the Planning Committee for the June 09 event, and volunteered serving food at the event, as well. Was also inspired by performances at the 92nd Street Y and the JHA June Gala to take up Afro-Carribean dancing, which started in September at the Y.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps open a third office in Eastern Africa.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A very eclectic group of Jews and non-Jews who were united by JHA's mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save all billion lives in Africa from famine, drought and disease.

Ways to make it better...

Honestly, I feel that JHA is still small enough that it understands the importance of the volunteer, and I have felt this at every event I've attended. I always feel appreciated when I help out or raise money for them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and publicity. They have such a unique idea in their mission, that's it's truly a wonder that more foundations have yet to get on board.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Just having attended the fundraising events for this organization, I have a strong sense of the incredible women that run it and more importantly of the amazing work that they do. Their events are classy, pristine, well planned and fun to attend. At both events they had a program which featured smart and informative African diplomats as speakers, as well as dance and music programs by African dance troupes and drum circles. These programs were not only entertaining, but educational in terms of bringing me closer to the culture to which I am donating. At the last JHA event, there was also an exhibit featuring African art which was exquisite and also added to my education about the people I am helping by donating to this cause. The most clever and most innovative feature of their last gala was the "light up africa" wall, which was a wall size map of Africa, sectioned off, each section containing a lightbulb. Making a donation would light one of these bulbs and throughout the evening, as people donated, you could really visualize just how many villages and communities we were helping by giving to JHA. The work that this organization does is truly G-d's work, and we should all be so lucky to come in contact with the selfless and kind hearted people who run it. Thank you JHA for caring enough to light up Africa and make their world better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the videos of African children thanking JHA for lighting their village, more specifically Sivan and Rachel for all they have given them, it is truly heart warming .. they have lighted entire villages, health clinics, schools.. helped communities

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how my donation helped entire communities of people just live their daily lives, things that i take for granted in mine.. it helps put things in perspective for me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all incredible people; selfless, warm, kindhearted people that i would be lucky to have as my friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably light up the whole continent of africa helping millions of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Jewish Heart for Africa organization is made up of a special group of people with progressive ideas. Their mission creatively connects separate communities and addresses many of the modern Jew's concerns such as; Israel, the environment and world-wide poverty. I got to work one on one with the JHA staff, who couldn't have made my experience more enjoyable. They are warm and open to new thoughts and ideas regarding all aspects of the organization. I learned a lot about not only the cause but also about how to work together in order to bring people together for the cause.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their innovativeness and true commitment to their mission and how encouraging and welcoming they are to anyone interested.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Young, with fresh ideas and friendly smiles.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue feeding money into Israel's technology economy as well as bring life important benefits to needy rural African villages.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

From concept to execution, this organization is an inspiration. The idea of leveraging Israel's innovation in cleantech technology to help transform the lives of impoverished individuals in rural African villages is profound. But what makes this organization exceptional is the manner in which it engages donors and volunteers to care about this cause.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally transform the lives of millions of people and bring light to Africa. Already with its limited budget, the organization has impacted over 70,000 people. Imagine what it could do with more resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We have been avid suppporters of Jewish Heart for Africa for roughly two years now, and have been inspired by the work they do. Life changing projects for those that deserve to be 'in the light' at all times. They are directly helping Israel, and are truly saving lives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of millions of more people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This organization fully epitomizes the words "tikkun olam". It impacts, in a very critical way, the lives of tens of thousands of needy people in the remotest parts of Africa. It literally changes their lives for the better. It allows them to have clean water and electricity in a renewable way that doesn't hurt the environment. It enobles all those who work with it with a beneficent spirit of doing good in the world. It also improves the image of Israel as a helper and giver to the world at large.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the results of their efforts and speaking to recipients.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The absolute dedication of its founder and her many volunteers and staff members. This is a very "feel good" kind of experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and enolbled by their experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the world. It has already accomplished so much with so little financial support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

i am constantly amazed by how much jha is able to accomplish. they are changing the lives of thousands of people less fortunate than we are. i feel lucky to have been able to help support them in the past and will continue to support them as long as i am able. i have been involved with charities my entire life and still am constantly in awe of sivan and the entire staff. i look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future. elisha rothman

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i've seen first hand the improvements in the lives of many unfortunate people in uganda.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them expand

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

i love feeling that bc of us, other people can enjoy their lives with clean water and electricity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably dedicated and hard working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face africa

Ways to make it better...

if they had more money they could do more good.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

i love this charity. i love how it is chaning peoples lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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