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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Israeli aid to Africa - People to People

Israeli Students to Offer Long Term Aid to Tanzania's Poor

Oct. 28, 2007 (By IsraAID,
This weekend a group of Israeli students from Be'er Sheva University (BGU) left Israel to assist the poor in Tanzania.  There, they will be living for a few months and manage humanitarian aid programs that include an orphanage as and a local tourist micro finance initiative.

Dr. Tamar Golan, former Israel Ambassador to Angola and Congo and currently the head of the African Department at BGU, initiated this 3 month humanitarian aid program which will add more faculties at BGU to this initiative. Dozens of students have already signed in for the next programs in Tanzania and Angola.
Maya Nalbistzki, studying Geography at BGU, is among the Israelis participating in the program.  "I felt that I want to go to Africa and see the situation from first hand" says Nalbistzki.  "Our aim is to help Africa with what is needed".  Assaf Kesller, who is also a student in the Geography department, will travel with Maya. "I actually caught the "African bug" after being moved by the flow of African refugees who crossed the Israeli – Egyptian border", said Kesller.
An estimated group of 10 students have already departed, purchasing their own plane tickets with some sponsorship asistance by two Israeli donors. Six of the students will be going to Arusha and four to Merango village near Arusha.

The volunteers will split their time between working in a local orphanage, a hostel which treats children with disabilities and a Dutch tourism micro finanace project.
The Israeli contact on the ground is Sigal Horowitz, a legal aid in the International Tribunal Court on the Rwanda Genocide. Horowitz is helping the group with local government connections, local aid groups and finding their way around.

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