World ORT International Cooperation in Guinea joins fight against Ebola
By World ORT, October 29th, 2014
International Cooperation personnel in Guinea have been going door-to-door showing people how to avoid catching the Ebola virus which has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in West Africa in recent months.
Having undergone training with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, the six-strong team headed by ORT Guinea Director Alhassane Baldé has been travelling around Mamou, a predominantly Muslim region bordering Sierra Leone.
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Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal
By Stefan Bialoguski, November 21st, 2013
World ORT has joined the international effort to help the people of the Philippines recover and rebuild their lives and country following Typhoon Haiyan.
As a member of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, our experience and expertise in long term recovery programmes will be coordinated to maximise the kind of lasting benefits we brought to survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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Thanks to USAID-funded ORT Persons with Disabilities Initiative in Montenegro, Volunteers Give Autistic Children and Teens a Chance at a Normal Social Life
By World ORT, April 12th, 2013
Most of the twenty-nine autistic children and teens taking part in USAID-funded ORT Persons with Disabilities Initiative (PWDI), through the extended daycare center "Staze" ("Pathways"), have never socialized with young people outside of their own families.
Now, thanks to an innovative program run by Staze, these children are getting their first real opportunity to make friends and have fun away from their parents. Twenty four young volunteers, recruited mostly from the local colleges, have been matched to a young autistic child or teenager in a so-called "Buddy" system. Real friendships between volunteers and their young charges are being forged.
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Yvel - Jewellery making course for Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel
By Stefan Bialoguski, January 31st, 2013
World ORT's arm in Israel, Kadima Mada, has teamed up with internationally renowned jewellery company Yvel and the Israeli NGO, Yedid: The Association for Community Empowerment, to provide an inspirational training programme for Ethiopian olim.
A new intake of 21 students has just embarked on the one-year jewellery making course, graduates of which will work at Yvel or in Megemaria, the company set up by Yvel founders Isaac and Orna Levy to generate employment and profit for the funding for further training. Meaning Genesis in Amharic, Megemaria's pilot year programme has seen the development of a truly beautiful line of jewellery made by trainees and graduates inspired by Ethiopian culture and language.
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World ORT changes the face of training in Haiti
By Stefan Bialoguski, October 12th, 2012
Hundreds of Haitians will be looking forward to a brighter future now that World ORT-NPH's vocational school - the only school of its kind in the capital, Port-au-Prince - has opened in earnest.
Since the beginning of the island's school year on October 1, the 4.5-acre campus has been bustling with 175 students - more than twice the enrolment for its preliminary session in April.
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Learning the Braille system using an instructional tablet
By Claire Vukcevic, September 26th, 2012 - Photo credit: Zorica Toncic Vucinic
Teacher-training courses create more inclusive classrooms and help level the playing field for the country's blind.
Goran Macanovic, the director of the Association of the Blind and Sight-Impaired of Niksic, is trying to get a group of primary school teachers to imagine what it is like to be a blind child. The teachers put on blindfolds and try to accomplish the tasks set before them-molding clay animals and arranging wooden pegs in an oversized Braille tablet. They struggle, as Macanovic has intended them to do.
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USAID/ORT Grantee Awarded Accreditation for its Braille Teacher Trainer Seminars - A Recognition of Both Need and Excellence
By Claire Vukcevic, May 8th, 2012
Goran Macanovic, the blind director of the Association of the Blind and Sight-Impaired of Niksic, is trying to get a group of primary school teachers to imagine what it is like inside the world of a blind child.
Giggling slightly nervously, the teachers put on blindfolds and try to accomplish the tasks set for them - molding clay animals and arranging the wooden pegs in an out-of-scale Braille tablet. They struggle with the tasks - as Goran fully intends them to. "Braille is a way for blind kids to navigate the visual world on their own terms," he tells them. "You need to be able to give them that tool." Now more than ever, this is a desperately needed undertaking.
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World ORT project boosts prospects for Liberia's next generation
By Stefan Bialoguski, March 2nd, 2012
World ORT will help thousands of young Liberians to take advantage of their country's peacetime opportunities thanks to a USD 1.79 million donation from the Open Society Foundations.
This second round of funding represents an increase of almost USD 800,000 on the Foundations' initial investment in 2010. Since then, World ORT's Liberian Youth Training and Employment Project has placed 2,400 people in vocational training, more than half of them women.
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ORT to open new vocational school in Haiti capital
By Stefan Bialoguski, January 19th, 2012
As crowds of Haitians spilled out of church services last week marking the second anniversary of the earthquake which killed more than 300,000 of their compatriots, work was nearing completion on World ORT's new vocational school which, in a small but significant way, will be an answer to some of their prayers.
When it opens in the capital Port-au-Prince in the coming months, the school will fill a glaring gap in the country's reconstruction effort.
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Master Craftsmen Training in Mali
By Stefan Bialoguski, November 4th, 2011
World ORT has set the ball rolling for more effective vocational training in Mali with a pair of projects funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
World ORT's International Cooperation Department (ORT IC) has teamed up with the local organisation ID-Sahel to create what is planned to be a modern, self-sustaining training capacity for a nation which is among the 25 poorest in the world.
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World ORT reaches from here to Timbuktu
By Stefan Bialoguski, March 17th, 2011
World ORT has brought its international expertise in "training the trainers" to the sub-Saharan country of Mali, one of the world's 25 poorest nations. It has started work on a one-year, USD 1 million project funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to identify and select more than 500 people to be trained in the art of passing on their work skills to others.
Working in partnership with ID-SAHEL, a local consultancy specialising in social development, as well as Mali's National Directorate of Vocational Training and Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, World ORT's contribution to the country's Programme for Vocational Training and Professional Insertion (PAFIP) marks a cultural breakthrough.
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Fostering development with dignity
By Stefan Bialoguski, February 24th, 2011
Some of the children who paraded in front of Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade for the country's 50th anniversary of independence had more than just the excitement of the day to make them smile.
As pupils at the ORT-SEN kindergarten, they are enjoying an immeasurably better start in life than most of their neighbours in the capital Dakar's impoverished district of Hann Village.
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Ningo Organic Farmers
By World ORT, December 6th, 2010
The ORT-funded Ningo Organic Farmers Association project is an example of successful cooperative reorientation and development in organic farming.
Kwenorkie Adelah is a farmer and mother of 6 children. She started farming with her parents when she was only 13 years old and remembers when they farmed without the use of artificial fertilizer and pesticides. When she was 19, she married a larger scale farmer and was introduced to the use of herbicides for clearing weeds on the farm and the regular application of fertilizer and pesticides as the way to promote healthy growth of crops and keep off pests.
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Disabled People in the Saddle
By World ORT, September 16th, 2010
A two-pronged World ORT project supporting therapeutic and employment services for disabled people in Montenegro is taking shape.
A 25-bed capacity lodge specially adapted to the needs of young people with disabilities is well on the way to completion just months after ground was broken on the isolated site in the Durmitor national park in the north of the Balkan state.
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Soros supports War Affected Youth
By World ORT, September 13th, 2010
No attention is paid to the tens of thousands of young Liberians who are locked in an unglamorous struggle to overcome the horror of a youth spent fighting two savage civil wars which raged between 1989 and 2003. As children they were forced into military service where they saw, and often did, unspeakable things.
Now that the West African country is enjoying relative peace and democracy under the continent's first female head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, these former combatants are trying to get the education they were denied in the hope of building a normal, decent life. Thanks to a very generous $1 million grant by billionaire philanthropist George Soros's Open Society Institute (OSI), World ORT's International Cooperation Department (ORT IC), which has been implementing non-sectarian aid programmes in developing countries for 50 years, is there to help them.
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48 hours in Haiti
By Harry Nadler, August 18th, 2010
Some of you reading this may already have known that about 10 days ago I was asked to go to Haiti to accompany top leadership of several federations to see the projects that were being funded by them. ORT is one of those beneficiaries and we needed to present our project, but more on that in a short while.
Several people that knew I was going have already asked "How is Haiti?" In the paragraphs to follow I will try to tell you how Haiti is, but let me begin by warning you that there are not sufficient words, pictures, videos or any other form of communication that I know of that can really describe the situation.
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