Global Aid - Making a difference

Global Aid – Making A Difference in this World

Through its International Cooperation, World ORT has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries around the world.

Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is a timeless tenet of the Jewish religion. In recent times it has become synonymous with social action and responsibility. Through its International Cooperation (IC) arm, World ORT takes responsibility for reaching out to individuals, communities and countries in need and works tirelessly to make this world a better place.

ORT does this through the implementation of more than 350 projects in nearly 100 countries at the request of international agencies, national governments, local communities and private companies. It has earned a global reputation for excellence in providing technical assistance, and training and capacity building in a wide variety of key sectors that include:

  • Tech and vocational education and training
  • Skills development
  • Information technology
  • Health and nutrition
  • Mother and child care
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Good governance and democracy building
  • Transportation

IC undertakes projects throughout the world that are financed by multilateral development institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Commission, etc.), bilateral donor agencies (United States Agency for International Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, etc.), private companies and foundations.

Myanmar (Burma) National Skills Development Network

The Government of Myanmar is emerging from years of isolation, and is undertaking a positive series of political, economic and administrative reforms.

World ORT and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) conducted joint missions to Myanmar in 2012/2013 to evaluate the need for skills development reforms by introducing higher quality vocational skills into the labor force. It was concluded that there is a tremendous need for ORT involvement and technical assistance to specific areas in the country's Technical Education & Vocational Training (TVET) sector. Myanmar would greatly benefit from ORT introducing new operational techniques to its skills development program utilizing a market-driven, decentralized and employer-based approach to program development and implementation.

Computer training for victims of war in Casamance (Senegal)

The southern Senegalese region of Casamance represents the heart of Senegal’s economy. However, the region has been suffering from an armed rebellion since 1984, which has forced populations to be displaced.

In Casamance, many are victims of anti-personnel mines that still cause much damage in the area: Handicap International estimates that 5,000 people have been mutilated by the war in Casamance.

The situation of children who are victims of the conflict is a major problem. This conflict deprives thousands of young people of education and professional training in general, and specifically in information technology and communication.

Today, despite the efforts of state authorities, much remains to be done. In support of this aim to rebuild Casamance, CACSUP/Senegal  and World ORT have initiated the “training in computer science for victims of anti-personnel mines and disabled war veterans in Casamance, Senegal” project.

The target population consists of men and women aged 16 to 40 who are physically disabled. Particular attention will be given to gender balance.

HAITI - The NPH-ORT Vocational School

World ORT has given support to the people of Haiti following the earthquake of 2010. World ORT’s major project on the island is the NPH-ORT Professional School, created by World ORT in partnership with NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos), a local Catholic mission which has for many years taken care of orphans and the poorest children in Haiti. The new school opened its doors in the spring of 2012, focusing on teaching vocational skills, in particular in the areas of health, reconstruction and communications.

The new school opened on 1 October 2012, with 199 students, 84 of whom are assigned to the nursing department; 65 to telecommunications; 24 to electricity and 26 to plumbing. The majority of the students come from poor families and from disadvantaged neighborhoods and suburbs of Port-au-Prince.

Although the school is now functioning, it remains short of essential equipment, as well as funds in order to provide essential services such as teacher training and grants for disadvantaged students. World ORT is therefore seeking funds for workshops’ equipment and grants for students.