Project Inspire takes Boston-area young adults around the world to learn about Israel’s commitment to global responsibility, the humanitarian challenges it’s determined to solve, and best practices being employed in sustainable development. Participants return with a deeper understanding of Israel’s incredible work in agriculture, education, health care, clean water, and gender equality.
Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy and the second largest population in East Africa. It also has a young, ambitious and well-educated workforce eager to contribute to the development of the country. The friendship between Kenya and Israel dates to the dawn of Kenyan independence. For the last six decades, Israel has worked closely with local partners on economic development through agriculture programs, education, healthcare, food security, and gender equality.
India is home to 1.3 billion people, and while it has made impressive strides in recent years to improve the standard of living for many citizens, about 22% of Indians remain in poverty. During our study tour, we learned how local grassroots organizations and Israeli innovations are addressing India’s toughest humanitarian challenges including employment initiatives, educational opportunities, and access to healthcare, water, and nutritious food. We also enjoyed a special Shabbat experience with the Jewish community of Mumbai and learned about India’s small and vibrant Jewish communities.
Guatemala, with the largest economy in Central America, also has one of the highest inequality rates, with some of the worst poverty, malnutrition and maternal-child mortality rates in the region. During our study tour, we explore how Israel’s development agency and Israeli NGOs are partnering with local institutions in areas such as gender equality, education, health, agriculture, food security, water management, energy management, and emergency response. We also visit with the UN and members of Guatemala’s government to learn about international development efforts that have enabled Guatemala to become one of the strongest economic performers in Latin America. Finally, we spend Shabbat with the Jewish community of Guatemala, which is home to about 800 Jews.
Project Inspire visited Uganda in the summer of 2019. According to the Uganda Poverty Assessment, more than a third of the population lived below the extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day, and it is among the 20 countries worldwide with the highest prevalence of undernutrition. Uganda is also undergoing huge demographic changes—with its population doubling every 16 years. This exacerbates an already high rate of youth unemployment and amplifies pressures on resources. Israel has strong ties with the Ugandan government and people. It is partnering with numerous local organizations on sustainable development programs and sending over 250 Ugandans to training programs in Israel each year in agriculture, education, community development, small business development and environmental issues.
Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and the 17th poorest in the world. Approximately 25 percent of Nepalis live below the poverty line. An unemployment rate of 42 percent has created a sense of vulnerability in parts of rural Nepal. More than half of the country’s population is under the age of 35, and each year, more than 300,000 of these young people join the ranks of those looking for work, with many either striving to go abroad as unskilled labor or languishing as part of the unproductive workforce. Diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel were established in 1960, and since then, Israel has partnered with local communities to advance development in the areas of agriculture, education, gender equality, entrepreneurship, and public health.