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Jewish World Watch

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Causes: Education

Mission: Jewish World Watch works to mobilize synagogues, their schools, their members and the community to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world through education, advocacy, and refugee relief.

Results: In just five years, we have accomplished a lot: - Educated tens of thousands of people around the country; - Successfully achieved passage of divestment legislation on city, state and federal levels; - Mobilized the community to shed a light on the conflicts through rallies, street seders and over 2,000 people at the 2009 Walk Against Genocide; - Sent an uncountable number of postcards, phone calls and text messages to Presidents Bush and Obama and other officials to push for legislation and a special envoy; - And have allocated millions of dollars to complete some life-changing projects - 46,000 solar cookers have been provided to the women to reduce dangerous firewood-collection trips outside the refugee camps. - 16,000 students in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad now have backpacks, school supplies, hygeine items and shoes. In addition, Oure Cassoni has benefitted from the building of the Dillon Henry Youth Centers where children can participate in a variety of extra-currcicular activities. - 4 medical clinics (3 in Chad and the Dillon Henry Medical Clinic in the Central African Republic) and a maternity ward have been built to aid refugees. - 16,000 hot meals have been provided to Darfuri children at the Bialik Rogosin School in Tel Aviv. - And now we are building 2 schools in the Djabal refugee camp for the 1,400 children in the area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Tens of thousands

Programs: In the eleven years since its founding, jww has made great strides in raising awareness about the ongoing genocide in sudan and atrocities in congo, activating its constituents to influence policy changes towards those crises and raise crucial funds to support survivors of genocide and mass atrocities. Domestic education, and advocacy and humanitarian strategies and accomplishments include:student activism:-rabbi harold schulweis university fellowship - operating on 7 campuses across the country. -act (activist certification & training) program - training hundreds of students each school year. ****(continued from page 2)-summer camp engagement - engaging hundreds of campers each summer. Political activism: -legislative advocacy: meetings with elected officials and training for constituents: jww has led the way in federal and state engagement on the issues of: a) sudan divestment and contract bans legislation; b) recognition of april as genocide awareness and prevention month; c) ending the use of conflict minerals from the democratic republic of congo-"hear her voice": advocacy delegation sent to learning conference in washington, d. C. Community activism and engagement: -annual "walk to end genocide": the largest anti-genocide rally nationwide-i witness award: recognizing leaders who have made important contributions to the fight against genocide-speaking engagements and outreach activities to local area schools and institutions global impact:-solar cooker project: darfuri refugee women use natural energy from the sun to cook meals without the need for long and often dangerous walks outside camps to collect firewood. -generation hope: provides 200 congolese children with tuition, education, and leadership training. -little ripples: makes available teacher training, school supplies, educational environment, and hygiene materials for 400 preschool-aged children in darfuri refugee camps. -sons of congo: creates a transformative men's movement in congo dedicated to the protection of women, the family, and the community. -tumaini project/drc: serves survivors of rape with educational and vocational training to rebuild their lives. -amani's home for pregnant teens: provides 15 teen mothers, who became pregnant as a result of rape, a place of comfort, refuge, and opportunity in the democratic republic of congo. -abfek: gives educational assistance to impoverished children in war-affected villages in the south kivu province of eastern congo. -reintegration of former child soldiers/drc: provides former child soldiers with vocational training, education, medical, and psychosocial support.

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Rating: 5

I first became aware of JWW when Janice Kamenir-Reznik spoke about her trip to the refugee camps in Chad back in 2007. I was so moved by her efforts, her raw emotion and her spirit that I knew I had to be involved. I worked with my community to get them involved in the work of JWW. We have joined the Walk for Darfur 2 years in a row, plus some of their other events. They range from academic to thought-provoking to just plain fun. Plus, the pieces they put out for Pesach and Rosh Hashanah are beautiful and interesting. I look forward to getting more involved in the future.