AJEEC-NISPED is a non-profit association which promotes peace and development, focusing on the centrality of the civil society. Working in a variety of fields, our programs include education, training, project development and consultancy.
A Special Message from our Co-Executive Directors,
Vivian Silver and Kher Albaz
Over the years, the names NISPED and AJEEC have led people to think that we are two separate organizations. In order to provide the NGO with a name that accurately represents the organization’s spirit, work and history, the Board renamed the organization AJEEC-NISPED. We are excited to launch our new logo in this newsletter.
AJEEC-NISPED is an institute focusing on the intersection between conflict resolution and sustainable human development in societies in transition. In Israel, our approach calls for empowering the Arab minority as a prerequisite for reaching an equal, shared and democratic society. AJEEC-NISPED continues to develop and implement cutting edge programs on the local, regional and international levels.
During the past three years, AJEEC-NISPED has experienced a period of tremendous organizational growth including the expansion of the Early Childhood Resource and Training Center, the launch of a large-scale Arab Bedouin women’s and children’s health promotion project, the founding of the Cooperative Development Center and its subsequent merger with the Economic Development Department as well as a multi-year European Union funded Partnership for Peace Project focusing on advancing the regional peace process. Until recently, we were managing our programming out of three distinct offices and we were still short of space. In order to meet the demands of our growing organization, we rented and renovated a 500 square meter space in Beersheva close to the University Train Station for use as our headquarters. While the Early Childhood Resource and Training Center has moved to these new offices, the Arab Bedouin Volunteer Tent will remain in our very beautiful building in the old city.
Please update your address book:
Yehuda HaNahtom 5, Beer Sheva, Israel
Tel: 08-671-1551 - Fax: 08-6731551
Changes in Leadership
As we announced last summer, Kher Albaz has joined the organization as co-executive director. Amal Elsana Alh’jooj, AJEEC’s founding director and AJEEC-NISPED’s first co-executive director together with Vivian Silver, is currently pursuing a doctorate at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has assumed a new position as the organization’s director for North American Relations. Very sadly, Ruth Paz, AJEEC-NISPED’s Director of Development passed away last month. Ruth perfected grant writing and reporting to an art. She was an integral part of our team, contributing to program conceptualization, insisting on hearing and documenting first-hand stories from the field and demanding high standards of reporting. She is sorely missed. The department is currently undergoing a restructuring process.
And Finally……..Thank You!
We couldn't have expanded the depth and scope of our activities without the ongoing support of our donors, partners and friends. We want to take this opportunity, as we approach Passover, the Jewish holiday of liberation, to thank each and every one of you for helping us to make the world just a little bit better for our target communities.