Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP) Highlights Its Mini-Grant Projects on December 6th

Anyone interested in work that benefits both Israelis and Palestinians is invited to attend this exciting Zoom event and hear from SIPP’s seven new Mini-Grant recipients. These projects cover a wide range of civil society and environmental programs that support efforts to promote peace and well-being. 

This article highlights three of the seven Mini-Grant projects:

Women Talk facilitates cross-cultural ties between the Negev’s Jewish community and local Bedouin women in unrecognized villages. Through this partnership, Bedouin women learn skills to navigate Israeli society and develop skills for employment. Our grant will fund Hebrew and English language classes and a bridal makeup course, which the Bedouin women requested to give them an additional marketable skill. 

The Online Majlis: A Regional Dialogue brings together young environmental entrepreneurs from Israel, Palestine, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States to discuss regional environmental challenges. The project will conclude with an online seminar and a list of suggested policy recommendations.   

Environmental Education Center educates children throughout the West Bank about the importance of being environmental stewards. Its other activities include teaching adults how to safely dispose of electronic waste, conducting health and safety training for the community, and many other activities. SIPP has helped fund and support this extraordinary center since its inception in 2016 and are we pleased to assist them again with their crucial work.

Attendees will also learn about:

1. SIPP’s work with the Boulder Rotary Club, the Jerusalem Rotary Club, and the Green Land Society for Health Development to launch a computer refurbishing center at it’s Environmental Education Center in Idhna (near Hebron) that donates computers to local schools. 

2. The bipartisan Middle East Partnership for Peace Act promoted by The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) was passed by the House in July. If passed by the Senate, this legislation would provide $250 million over 5 years to expand human-to-human peacebuilding efforts between Palestinians and Israelis ($110 million) and invest in Palestinian business development ($140 million). 

SIPP’s Israeli Liaison and other partners introduced at our Spring Zoom gathering will be also in attendance.

Register here for SIPP’s December 6th online event, and read our newsletter

All of SIPP’s successes happen because of donor support and the efforts of its volunteer Board.

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About Peter Ornstein

Peter Ornstein is an environmental attorney and mediator living in Boulder, Colorado. Peter founded Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPProjects.org), a nonprofit organization that engages Israeli and Palestinian communities to work to further common environmental and other interests, and to build meaningful connections between people in the United States and Israeli and Palestinian communities involved in these efforts. Peter is also on the board of the Boulder-Ramat HaNegev Sister City Initiative.

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