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HOPES FOR WOMEN IN EDUCATION

Hopes for Women in Education is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in Ontario, Canada and Amman, Jordan, and focuses its work in the Middle East. The organization’s objective is to provide funding and skills training to Refugee, Displaced and non-Status women, who cannot continue their post-secondary education due to financial hardship. As part of their mission to advance the level of education, they seek to assist women in becoming more self-sufficient and independent in their lives through vocational counseling, life skills training and mentorship. Their mission is to advance the level of education of Refugee, Displaced, and non-Status women in the Middle East, by providing financial and non- financial support aimed at helping them achieve post-secondary education and improving their chances towards a more self-sufficient future.

Supporters of this initiative will be given the opportunity to choose from the finalists’ applications and have direct contact with their student. Your donation through the Tamari Foundation will be tax deductible for EU citizens, and 100% of your contribution will go to Hopes for Women in Education. Please visit http://blog.hopesforwomen.org/hopes-applicants-2012/ for more information about how applicants are chosen and about the project.

FEATURED PROJECT OF THE MONTH – CHRISTMAS IN NAZARETH

The Tamari Foundation has supported the Nazareth Cultural and Tourism Association in their Christmas festivities which promote tolerance and religious equity through positive engagement. Muslims, Christians and Jews all celebrated the opening on December the 12th, with the lighting of the Christmas tree, musical performances, parades and Christmas market. The event was hosted by the Nazareth Cultural and Tourism Association with the partnership of the Greek Orthodox Church.

View photos of our featured project, Christmas in Nazareth here.

WOMANITY

The Womanity Foundation (formerly the Smiling Children Foundation) is an independent private foundation established in 2005.

Guided by our vision to contribute to a world where all women and men have equal and full social, economic and political participation, the Womanity Foundation undertakes to empower girls and women to shape their future and accelerate progress within their communities.

Ten of thousands of girls and women benefit from the programs we presently run in Afghanistan, Brazil, Haiti, India, Israel, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories.

http://www.womanity.org/

IECD LEBANON/PALESTINE

Vision: Entrepreneurs in human and economic development to train responsible actors of tomorrow

Since its creation, IECD follows the human and economic development of the countries where it is involved. IECD bases its action on a complete approach to the person. We are convinced that people who are well trained on the academic, technical, social and human level will build a better future for themselves and their families and their community and – more broadly – for the society. IECD encourages young people, parents, professionals and local actors of development to take an active and responsible part in the life of the city.

Mission: Construct environments that allow every person to build their future and work for a more just society IECD aspires to build favorable environments where each person has the possibility to reveal their talents. We want to create promising conditions to allow willing people to act on the social, professional and institutional level. By acquiring the necessary know-how, they will be able to improve their existence and become responsible actors in their country. We believe that they will, thus, be able to have a positive impact on the society and will contribute in making it more just.

http://www.iecd.org

ASHKAL ALWAN

Ashkal Alwan is a platform for the creation and exchange of artistic practices. As a non-profit, the association is committed to education, production, support and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors rooted in an engagement with civil society.

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan was founded in 1994 by Christine Tohme (Curator), Marwan Rechmaoui (Artist), Rania Tabbara (Graphic Designer and Interior Designer), Mustapha Yamout (Cultural Events Organizer) and Leila Mroueh (Communications Director). Initially, Ashkal Alwan promoted and introduced the work of artists who have been engaged in critical art practices within the context of post-war Lebanon.

http://www.ashkalalwan.org