Jewish World Watch is doing a great job educating and raising money for the public about the crisis in Sudan and Darfur. I attended their walks several times and also some meetings and functions. They have sent representatives to that region to educate the public on what is happening there. I was horrified at the brutality of the government in it's treatment especially of women. They have raised my consciousness as to the plight of these civilians.
I have been consistently impressed with the devotion, skill, energy and enthusiasm of Jewish World Watch, its staff, volunteers and synagogue membership. I got involved with JWW within the last year, encouraging my synagogue to join as a member organization. The staff have welcomed us and motivated us to do programming related to the humanitarian crises in Darfur and now the Congo. We have brought a JWW speaker to raise awareness about the issues among members of our congregation; joined as fundraisers for the Walk to End Genocide; shared beautifully produced brochures to educate our members during Jewish holidays and will soon welcome JWW staff to lead a workshop at our synagogue's interactive adult educational weekend. Our synagogue recognized the urgency of JWW's work to end genocide and the effectiveness of its campaigns, outreach and fundraising.
This is a special nonprofit. Through the work of Jewish World Watch many thousands of people have not only been educated about the atrocities taking place in Darfur and Sudan, but motivated to ACT upon that information. This organization has tirelessly worked to provide opportunities in this community to learn the facts; to raise money; to share spiritually; and to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur. I am proud to be associated with this nonprofit. Florence Andrews, Woodland Hills, CA
My children and I have taken advantage of every opportunity to engage with Jewish World Watch. From Walking in their annual Walk Against Genocide, attending rallies like the Street Seder for Darfur or having their amazing staff come speak to and work with my kids at their respective schools, Jewish World Watch has had an amazing impact on my family and our level of activism. They have shown adults and kids alike that we can have an impact, even from very far away, on the lives of others who are suffering. I am so impressed with all involved with Jewish World Watch. They are inspiring!
I have had the privilege of being involved with JWW over the past four years. The words on the our wristbands that state DO NOT STAND IDLY BY dominate the actions of the organization. It is takes us beyond our comfort zone to know the atrocities of the world and within our abilities to make a difference. Presently, JWW reaches the individuals in the Darfur region of Sudan through the solar cooker project, building wells and medical clinics, and the school backpack project. On a political level, JWW has had rallies and contact politician campaigns to bring awareness and apply pressure to bring a change. The speakers bureau has reached out to schools, camps and religious institutions to educate as many people as possible as little information is given out in the general news. Last but not least is the dedicated staff who even put themselves at risk by traveling to the regions that are supported by JWW to those suffering know that thousands of miles away they are cared about. As JWW reaches out to the Congo, while continuing the projects in Darfur, staff members are on their way to visit.
I got involved with Jewish World Watch approximately one year ago through my daughter's preschool/synagogue. Since the time that I joined this dedicated organization, I have never been less than amazed at their commitment and endless effort to help victims of genocide all around the world. Everytime I go to the quarterly meetings, I am so impressed by how much progress this organization has made and how quickly they are able to implement their ideas. Once they decide to help a region or a group of suffering people, they pour their heart and soul into discovering every possible method to alleviate or end the suffering. The core group of administrators are bright, innovative, very knowlegeable and extremely dedicated to the mission of the organization. The Temples who support Jewish World Watch are equally devoted to the cause and help to generate support and funds through their congregation. Jewish World Watch has really opened my eyes to the atrocities around the world and has given me a vehicle by which I can help to end that suffering. I feel truly blessed to have become a member of this very special and world-changing organization.
Jewish World Watch has been in the forefront of bringing the horrors of the situation in the Sudan and Darfur into the public's awareness. JWW has touched the consciences of people who might otherwise have protected themselves from knowledge of the genocide and brutality. By coming up with simple, relatively inexpensive projects that individual donors can support, JWW has found ways to accomplish important results. These projects include building wells within the camps, solar cookers and back packs filled with school supplies. Great organization, determined to stick with the cause until positive change takes place. Gloria Waldinger, Encino, CA
Although most of the events take place in the Los Angeles area, JWW has worked hard to involve Orange County Jews and non-Jews alike in the fight to both end the genocide in Darfur and support its victims. Their amazing projects (such as the solar stoves and backpacks) have been supported by people of all faiths. Last May we had our first OC March for Darfur, and we were thrilled to see 400 people, from 1 year old to 80 yrs., carrying signs and chanting. People care about the issue of genocide, and JWW gives them the chance to do something about it.
In a world of so many urgencies competing for attention, work, politics, personal lives, it's so easy to forget the contemporaneous occurences of extreme autrocities against populaces. Our tikun olam obligation has a guardian angel in this organization's constant vigilance, and in undertaking simple low tech ways of helping the victims (like the solar cookers project)
I have been involved with Jewish World Watch since it's inception and it has never strayed from its mission of helping the victims of genocide and keeping the world aware to try to stop genocides from happening. The founders and volunteers are very dedicated. They have trained speakers to spread the message. They have formed training programs for youth to encourage young people to care about the world outside of themselves. Their successes are measurable in the lives of women who have been saved from rape and starvation, with the Solar Cooker Project. Their newer projects (Greywater Use, and Backpack Projects) will continue to improve the lives and care for these victims of terrible crimes all over the world.