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.