The following case studies illustrate the breadth and depth of our partnerships and represent just a small sample of a diverse and varied programme of funding.
Pears Foundation's partnership has been vital in ensuring that AJEEC-NISPED is able to offer innovative programmes and promote Arab-Jewish cooperation locally and throughout Israel. Through our long-standing partnership, the Foundation has developed a keen and nuanced understanding of our needs as an organisation. We know that we can count on Pears for support that is appropriate and relevant, in line with our priorities and that will benefit tens of thousands of people - Arabs and Jews, students and professionals, families and community leaders.Ariel Dloomy, Co-Executive Director,
We want to help build a shared society in Israel; one that offers equality and empowerment for all its citizens. AJEEC-NISPED’s philosophy of fostering active citizenship and positive identity perfectly mirrors the Foundation’s own values and we are proud to support its work.Sir Trevor Pears CMG
AJEEC-NISPED (The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) is dedicated to strengthening active citizenship in Israel through education and economic empowerment.
Its focus in Israel is on the needs and concerns of the Negev Arab Bedouin, a community of 160,000 which constitutes the most disadvantaged sector of Israeli society in all areas of life: economic, social and educational.
The organisation works to revitalise the traditional Bedouin community values of self reliance and mutual aid, believing they provide a powerful impetus for transforming communities.
AJEEC-NISPED operates a wide range of programmes in the areas of community empowerment and development, economic empowerment and Jewish-Arab partnerships. Its projects are both innovative and practical and include:
- Economic development through the formation of small businesses and cooperatives, such as the catering social enterprise for Bedouin mothers that produces thousands of hot lunches each day for local schools.
- Culturally sensitive early childhood education programmes, such as the Arabic language parenting hotline that provides information and support for parents of young children.
- Health programmes, including access to emergency ambulance services for Unrecognised Bedouin villages and health education toolkits designed for a Bedouin audience.
- “The Tent” – a centre for the promotion of volunteering and Arab-Jewish partnership.
Pears Foundation has been suporting AJEEC-NISPED for over ten years, contributing over £500,000, mainly as unrestricted funding, and enabling it to work towards the creation of an equal, inclusive and flourishing society in Israel.