Past JWW Projects involved working with local partners — including the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the International Medical Corps (IMC), among others — to affect change in Health & Safety, Economic Development and Education in Sudan, Chad, DR Congo, Central African Republic (CAR) and even in Israel for the benefit of Darfuri refugees and violence-affected Congolese. Below is a partial list of our Past Projects.
We initiated the Solar Cooker Project in 2006 as a way of protecting Darfuri women and girls ̶ survivors of the Darfur genocide living as refugees in Eastern Chad ̶ by reducing their dangerous trips outside of the camps in search of firewood for cooking, serving hundreds of thousands of refugees in five camps. Read more about the Solar Cooker Project >
Recycled Water Gardens
In partnership with Tchad Solaire and KoZon, JWW completed installation of the grey water reclamation systems for the benefit of all families in the Iridimi and Touloum refugee camps in Chad. With the installation of inexpensive plastic sheeting and PVC pipes, women in refugee camps turned their family bathing areas into reservoirs for grey-water collection and used the collected water to irrigate small vegetable patches.
Water Wells in the Refugee Camps
One of JWW’s key early efforts was to supply water wells in the refugee camps. Many schools participated by raising funds to supply one water well, each a life-line for 500 refugees. The wells were built with local supplies by local labor, organized and led by International Medical Corps, JWW’s implementing partner on the project.
JWW, in partnership with the Darfur Dream Team and top NBA players, sponsored the building, staffing and equipping of the Sudan Djedid (New Sudan) and Ali Dinar B Schools in the Djabal refugee camp in Eastern Chad. The schools, designed to serve over 4000 students, were the first of what was conceived as a series of schools to be built in the 12 Darfuri refugee camps in Chad. In partnership with the Dillon Henry Foundation and Gary Saltz Foundation, JWW also helped fund the Darasalam School in the Goz Amer refugee camp.
The Backpack Project was created so that frightened children in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad could attend schools run by our partner IRC. JWW distributed over 15,000 backpacks filled with shoes, books, school supplies, soap and toothpaste to school-aged children. The backpacks allowed each recipient to make the most of school under the most difficult of circumstances. Each backpack also contained something intangible, but essential to their well-being: hope.
Summer Educational Toy Lift
JWW partnered with Los Angeles area summer camps to bring school supplies to children in Darfur refugee camps. The JWW Summer Educational Toy Lift helped to build empathy, sensitivity, and responsibility for the plight of the refugees and to create a bond between summer campers and children in the refugee camps. JWW collected 15,000 items through this initiative. The educational toys were delivered by the IRC to several camps in North, South, and West Darfur.
Medical Clinics in Deleij and El Geneina
Working with the IMC, Jewish World Watch funded the construction of two permanent medical clinics to serve approximately 40,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and resident conflict-affected populations of Darfur near the border of Chad.
Water and Sanitation Projects
JWW provided funding to the IRC to improve the provision of water in three refugee camps in Nyala and Kass (South Darfur) and the overpopulated and under-resourced Hamadiya camp in the Zalingei region (West Darfur).
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
Reintegration of Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Youth
In partnership with Laissez l’Afrique Vivre/Let Africa Live (LAV), JWW sponsored the reintegration of 50 former child soldiers. This program provided the children with vocational and professional skills training, basic education, medical and psychosocial care, and support for their burgeoning businesses after they graduated.
Chambucha Rape And Crisis Center
Nearly every minute of every day, one woman or girl in Congo is raped. JWW provided funding to build the Chambucha Rape And Crisis Center and to train its staff of 40 community health workers, 32 nurses, 30 traditional birth attendants, 3 surgical nurses, and a lab technician, anesthesiologist and medical doctor. Today women and girls in Chambucha finally have access to the medical care they have needed for many years.
In partnership with HEAL Africa, JWW gave survivors of sexual violence in DRC a second chance. By teaching women vocational skills such as sewing and tailoring, the program offered them both a chance to pay for their medical treatment and a way to restart their lives when they were well enough to return home. Once trained, the women received a small grant to help them start their businesses in their home communities, helping with their reintegration.
JWW funding supported women’s Solidarity Groups which purchased fields to cultivate and sell produce to pay for safe birthing collectives. Incorporating the men in the community, the program encouraged them to develop a plan for transporting women to hospitals if necessary and to remove the stigma attached to women who need help in delivering their babies without assistance as “a good wife would do.” Rather than having unused funds raised by individual women default to their husbands, the collectively managed funds would be reserved for any women who needed help paying the cost of a normal delivery in a health center, the cost of a C-section if necessary, and the cost of transportation.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
Dillon Henry Health Clinic
Dillon Henry (z”l), a leader amongst the many dedicated JWW youth activists, tragically died in the summer of 2007. Dillon’s leadership and passionate activism on behalf of those suffering in Darfur inspired all who came into contact with him. In his loving memory, the Dillon Henry Foundation worked with JWW to build the Dillon Henry Health Clinic in the Central African Republic, serving over 30,000 Darfuri refugees and local inhabitants.
Opal Green King Maternity Ward
In partnership with IMC, JWW rehabilitated a maternity ward in Sam Ouandja, CAR, serving both Darfuri refugees and local inhabitants. Rehabilitating the maternity ward was an urgent project – nearly 40% of the births in this area involve prolonged labor or complicated deliveries and the closest functional hospital is approximately 90 miles away.
JWW AND ISRAELI ACTIVISM FOR DARFURI REFUGEES AND CRITICALLY INJURED CONGOLESE
Bukavu Burn Center
JWW partnered with Moriah Africa and the Bukavu Provincial General Reference Hospital to fund eastern Congo’s first-ever Burn Center. Congolese surgeons were trained in plastic surgery and skin grafting techniques in Israel and later, Israeli doctors returned to Congo to help train even more Congolese surgeons and install Congo’s first skin-grafting equipment at the Bukavu Provincial General Reference Hospital.
Bialik Rogosin School: Darfuri Refugee Children in Israel
JWW supported the health and well-being of 81 Darfuri refugee children absorbed by the Bialik Rogosin School in Tel Aviv. After harrowing travel to Israel by foot, the children received hot meals, psychosocial counseling and health and hygiene workshops sponsored by JWW, which provided both the children and their parents with the essentials for ensuring the children’s success in the future.