Near East Foundation (NEF)

Founded in 1915, the Near East Foundation's mission is to help build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. NEF is an operational NGO with projects in seven countries -- Armenia, Egypt, Jordan, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, and Sudan -- where we work to directly improve the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people through programs in Peacebuilding, Civic Engagement and Education, Sustainable Agriculture, and Business Development. In the field, approximately 50 NEF staff members-all of them from the countries in which they work-partner with local organizations to find homeg...

Providing Health Services in the Poorest Area

Providing Health Services in the Poorest Area
In 2005 NEF established the only facility available to meet the health needs of over 20,000 displaced Sudanese in New Dar el-Salaam El-Rabwa. In addition to general health services--diagnosis, primary health care for mothers and children, laboratory tests and a pharmacy, the clinic emphasizes reproductive health care, including family planning, prenatal and postnatal care. (view small | med | large | orig)

Child Sponsorship for Needy Families

Child Sponsorship for Needy Families
One of the most popular ways of helping the poor, child sponsorship is especially important for single mother-headed households in a country as troubled as Sudan. Without such assistance, many children will be unable to have health services or absolutely critical basic education. NEF gives additional financial support for clothing, special education, & culturally important celebrations. (view small | med | large | orig)

The Project's Aim- Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Project's Aim- Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The finale to this multifaceted project--a premier bottle of high quality extra virgin olive oil that can be marketed both locally and internationally, linking West Bank farmers with as many buyers as possible & at the best deal. (view small | med | large | orig)

Technical Oversight for Quality Olive Oil

Technical Oversight for Quality Olive Oil
To raise both quantity & quality, technical advisors monitor olive oil production throughout the entire process- from tending, pruning & fertilizing olive trees; to proper picking & transportation of olives; as well as ensuring high quality olive presses and proper storage techniques. (view small | med | large | orig)

Best Practices for Pressing Olives

Best Practices for Pressing Olives
NEF's comprehensive program provides specific guidelines for rehabilitating olive oil presses. Two containers per press, a stainless steel container can hold up to 2,700 liters of olive oil and guards against high acidity, maintaining quality and taste for extended periods. NEF would like to reach an additional 10 presses, out of the total 17 in the area. (view small | med | large | orig)
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