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Three Years Later in Haiti, JDC Focuses on Education, Job Skills, and Leadership Training

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Michael Geller / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0838

For Immediate Release

Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is investing in schools and educational campuses, vocational training to help build the country’s future workforce, and Haitian civil society leaders for a sustainable future. Through $8.7 million dollars in donations from the Jewish Federations of North America and tens of thousands of individual donors, JDC’s projects have reached more than 300,000 Haitians, or roughly 10 percent of those impacted by the earthquake, to date. JDC’s work in Haiti has been done in collaboration with Haitian, Israeli, and other NGO partners.

“Even as we continue our work in Haiti by ensuring access to best-in-class educational resources and leadership training, we’ve created self-sustaining and transformative programs that will outlast and contribute beyond our initial investment,” said Judy Amit, global director of JDC’s International Development Program. “We’re proud that our support for the renowned HUEH rehab center and nearby prosthetics clinic, Zoranje educational campus, functional product workshop, and builders program will continue to provide Haitians with hope well into the future.”

Among its other projects, JDC began the reconstruction and modernization of an elementary and secondary school in Fondwa (southwest of Port-Au-Prince) and provided a clean water supply, library space, perimeter fence, and playground at L’Ecole de Choix in Mirebalais. JDC also completed a project to improve the integration of children with disabilities into Haiti’s schools by upgrading accessibility and providing sensitivity training for teachers, parents, and children.

Additionally, 70 students are currently training in nursing and telecommunications at the JDC-supported vocational training school in Port-Au-Prince. JDC is also a partner in the recently launched Haitian Center for Leadership and Excellence, which is building civil society leadership in Haiti, especially among women. The Center will provide leadership education programs, research on local Haitian development success stories and innovations, and build public awareness campaigns to reinforce the work of a new generation of civic leaders in Haiti.

Following Hurricane Sandy, JDC provided emergency support to those in the hardest-hit areas. Cooperating with previously established partners, JDC supported anti-cholera community outreach and educational activities, clinical staff support and treatment supplies, ready relief boxes, hygiene kits, and fuel for response vehicles in the hurricane zone.

In 2013, JDC will continue its work in the educational and training sphere as well as hand-over some of its programs to local partners who have been involved in their inception or who have specialized expertise in these project areas. You can learn more about these programs and many others at www.jdc.org/haiti

JDC’s operational partners in Haiti include: The Afya Foundation; The Bond Street Theater; Catholic Relief Services; Chabad-Lubavitch of the Dominican Republic; The Coady International Institute; EcoWorks International; Heart to Heart International; International Medical Corps; The International Rescue Committee; The Israel Trauma Coalition; L’Ecole de Choix; Magen David Adom; Mashav; The Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces; Partners in Health; PRODEV; Sheba Medical Center; USAID; UNICEF Haiti; U.S.Fund for UNICEF; and World ORT.

About JDC

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

For more information, please visit www.JDC.org.

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