Global Mitzvah Team
“When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf in the field, do not turn back to get it; it shall go to the stranger, the orphan, and the widow…Always remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore do I enjoin you to observe this commandment.”
The Global Mitzvah Team has established additional partnerships with two outstanding international charities: American Jewish World Service and Engineers Without Borders. We will continue our successful alliance with Plan USA/ Plan International through our Child Sponsorships of 6 year old Diego Perdomo from Morales, Guatemala, and 12 year old Kenneth Odhiambo from Rangwe, Nyanza province, Kenya. The team has also decided to become a Lending Team through Kiva and will make an initial loan to a Field Partner in Cambodia.
Current projects supported are:
Women-Led Biointensive Farming Project (with AJWS) – Developing a mini-training center in Nyanza province to teach women methods to produce food for their own families. With the Kilili Self-Help Project, women are trained to use simple, nature-based techniques like composting and organic pest control. These methods have enabled them to produce more food on small pieces of land, using 80% less water and 50%-100% less chemical fertilizer. http://ajws.org/
Santa Clara Clean Water System Project (with EWB: District of Columbia) – Providing a safe, ample water supply to the Santa Clara, El Salvador community. Water system components to be built include a pump, disinfection system, storage tank, and distribution network to serve 300 households. Our donation will purchase home water meters to assure equitable usage of water and monitoring of system effectiveness. http://www.ewb-dc.org
Safe Shelters for Refugee Children in Haiti (with Plan USA) – Constructing child-friendly spaces to prevent children from abuse, exploitation and violence. http://www.planusa.org
Kiva.org is a site for disadvantaged people all over the world seeking small loans to start their own businesses. Join the Global Mitzvah Project Lending Team by making a donation for as little as $25, and help a borrower of your choice to improve the life and well being of their family. http://www.kiva.org/team/temple_emanuel_global_mitzvah_project
Congregants are invited to join the Global Mitzvah team and attend our meetings. Please contact co-chairs, Stan Fagen or Caroline Smith DeWaal, for more information.
Co-chair, Global Mitzvah Project
To review project history and developments, visit http://globalmitzvah.jottit.com ; Password: shalom.