Tag Archives: Humanitarian Action

COMET-ME Alternative-Energy Project is BBC/Newsweek World Challenge Finalist

COMET-ME, our sister project which has developed out of Villages Group activities, has won prestigious global recognition from the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge 2009 competition.

The judges have chosen COMET-ME as one of 12 finalists. The project, which empowers rural and semi-nomadic Palestinian residents (right now, mostly in South Hebron Hills) by helping them set up independent wind+solar electricity generation units, and training them in installation and maintenance, will be featured in an upcoming BBC story.

The Independent has recently devoted an article to the project, apparently in view of their World Challenge recognition. Here is an excerpt:

For the extended Shineran family, dependent for income on the butter they sell, the electric churn and the large energy-efficient refrigerator they now run off the new system, have together raised sales income from £850 per month to £1,450.

We congratulate COMET-ME, its founder Noam Dotan and all the project’s volunteers, for a well-deserved success. We hope that it continues to grow.
Link to COMET-ME Donation Page.

Blanket Collection for Gaza’s Children

Some 25,000 people sleep in Gaza UNRWA’s schools, including 9,000 children, and they need blankets.

If you have blankets you do not need  (or even clothes, toys, but mostly blankets) – Please forward to me until Wednesday (14/1/09), so we can send them to Gaza on a coordinated truck entering Thursday.

Please contact me to arrange: 054-4556052,


Thanks in advance,


Another option for overseas readers: emergency donation to Israel’s Physicians for Human Rights.

Renewable Energy Project in Susya-Documentary Trailer

Villages Group’s Student Scholarships

Greetings to our friends and supporters,
Here we are at the start of a new school year in Palestinian universities.
For the past year, support of Palestinian students who can hardly afford their tuition has played an increasingly prominent role in our activity. This is especially true for students from the South Hebron Hills cave-hamlet region. This area is unique in its remoteness from institutions of learning, in the violence perpetrated daily by the local Israeli colonists/settlers against Palestinian children on their way to school, in the poverty afflicting families that eke out their living from sheep and goat raising – all these and more become insurmountable obstacles for the youngsters of the region to even complete their basic education, let alone reach a higher one. The few who do, find themselves mostly too needy to afford academic studies.
The scholarships we grant are meant to alleviate this problem and enable students to achieve their degrees within a reasonable time span of four years. Last year we awarded scholarships to ten students. This year, thanks to the generous help extended to us from our supporters in the US (US Omen) and Switzerland (Association Une Terre Deux Peuples), we have managed to expand our assistance: for the first semester we have chosen ten male students and four female students from the South Hebron Hills villages of Susya, Tuwani, Mufaqara and Tuba. Furthermore, we are granting three scholarships to one female student and two male students from the villages of Salem and Deir El Hattab in the Nablus region, where we have also been active.
We are grateful to everyone who helped us in this project and hope that we shall manage to raise additional sums for the sake of these students and others towards the beginning of this year’s second semester.
Students from the Susya area

Students from the Susya area

Boaz, Erella and Ehud
Villages Group