Men selling vegetables drive their horse-drawn cart through a flooded street in Paraguay. (AP/Jorge Saenz) (AP/Jorge Saenz)
Paraguay Floods
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Israel provided food and assistance kits to Paraguayans impacted by massive flooding of the Paraguay River from El Niño storms during December, and four IsraAID volunteers have traveled to Leeds, UK to begin repairing homes and distributing food to victims of devastating floods in the area.

By: Michael Ordman

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

Israel aid for flood-stricken Paraguay

Israel provided food and assistance kits to Paraguayans impacted by massive flooding of the Paraguay River from El Niño storms during December. Some 100,000 people in Asuncion have been displaced from their homes.
http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/1/7/israel-provides-emergency-relief-for-flood-stricken-paraguay

Israel helps UK flood victims

Four IsraAID volunteers have traveled to Leeds, UK to begin repairing homes and distributing food to victims of devastating floods in the area. They have been hailed as heroes by residents and were praised by the Lord Mayor of Leeds for travelling the distance to help those affected by the flood.

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/151909/israeli-aid-agency-helping-flood-victims-uk

http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/07/israeli-aid-workers-hailed-as-heroes-for-helping-uk-flood-victims/

Vital roles for autistic volunteers

I featured Israel’s “Roim Rachok” (Seeing Far) program previously. Then there were 12 autistic young adults in the IDF program – in focused roles such as interpreting detailed satellite photos. Now some 50 volunteers do vital work and learn skills for their future.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/soldiers-with-autism-take-on-key-roles-in-idf/

Israel to build new town for Druze

For the first time since 1948, Israel has approved plans for the establishment of a new Druze town in northern Israel. The town will be established in the Lower Galilee, near Tiberias and close to centers of employment.
https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-announces-building-of-first-druze-town-since-1948/

Priest and psychiatrist help kids at risk

Israeli psychiatrist Henri Cohen Solal founded “Batim Hamim” (“warm houses”) in the 1980s to give Israeli kids at risk (both Jews and Arabs) safe places to meet. Argentinian Catholic priest Pedro Opeka met Henri in Madagascar and their joint work now benefits kids in both countries.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-psychoanalyst-and-argentine-priest-unite-to-help-at-risk-kids/

Cornerstone laid for joint China-Israel University

Israel’s Technion has laid the cornerstone for its new research center in the southern Chinese city of Shantou. The Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) will provide BA, MA and PhD courses in chemical engineering, materials engineering and biotechnology engineering.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/technion-lays-cornerstone-for-china-campus/

Israeli technology protects the Pope

The Ugandan government used the Israeli-made Skystar 180 surveillance balloon system to monitor Pope Francis on his recent historic visit to Uganda. Newsletter readers may recall that the system was also used to protect the recent UN climate conference in Paris.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4740405,00.html

Joint Israeli and Hong Kong projects

Israel and Hong Kong have launched a Research & Development Cooperation Program to fund projects where Israeli companies are matched with those in Hong Kong.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-hong-kong-step-up-tech-rd-cooperation/

 

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