Zero Food Waste Cyprus

National Network
Cyprus
Address

Herakliou 3
Kaimakli
1037 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
99131090
E-Mail
info@zfwcy.org
E-Mail (2)
alexiakalourkoti@zfwcy.org
E-Mail (3)
pankiriakidis@zfwcy.org
Organisation Type
Other
Year of Establishment
2018
Fields of Activity
  1. Environment/Sustainable development
General Information

Zero Food Waste Cyprus is an initiative based in Nicosia that first took place in February 2018. It all started with the vision to prevent food from being thrown away, which contributes to climate change as well as food inequality.
Through the involvement of young volunteers , food that would have otherwise been wasted gets collected from the "OXI" food market on Saturdays, and from the Kyrenia market on Wednesdays, and re-distributed to anyone in need.
The initiative is based on volunteering work from its 3 board members, Alexia Kalourkoti, Pantelis Kyriakides and Demetra Theodotou. The Wednesday market is run from Fatih Segmen.
Currently there is no funding, apart from periodical funding opportunities for initiatives and volunteering teams.

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is to promote a circular economy of food by reducing food waste and providing to people in need. We also aim to raise awarness about food waste and inform about the environmental aspects, as well as provide solutions on individual bases and on public bases (reduction of food waste, composting etc.)
Our objectives is to expand to more markets across the island so we can save more food from the landfills and reach more vunlerable people.

Main Projects / Activities

Our main projects and activities are the "Saturday Aftermarket" in which we are collecting food that would be wasted at the "OXI" food market every Saturday and the "Wasteless Wednesdays" in which we are saving food from the Kyrenia food market every Wednesday.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

ZFWC can contribute to the Network by providing its members' knowledge on sustainability and in ways of promoting circular economy in the island, especially regarding food waste. More specifically, as our iniative with its actions covers various SDGs (SDG 2, 3, 11, 12, 13), we can contribute in the awarness and promotion of Sustainable Development Goals. Last but not least, as ZFWC has a bicommunal character, we can contribute by informing and working towards sustainability and peace building through activism across the divide.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would like to have the opportunity to expand our network, to gain through the experiences of being part of this Network and its actions, to develop our initiative through it and be able to further promote sustainability and a circular economy.

Contact (1) Full Name
Alexia Kalourkoti
Job Title
Founder
Head of the organisation
Alexia Kalourkoti
Contact (2) Full Name
Pantelis Kyriakides
Job Title (2)
Content writer

Center for Social Sciences Research and Action

National Network
Cyprus
Address

Metichiou, 59
Flat/ Office 202
1101 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
+96171899061
E-Mail
mabiyaghi@lebanon-support.org
E-Mail (2)
lea@lebanon-support.org
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
2021
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
General Information

Social Science for change
The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action is a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between the scientific, practitioner, and policy spheres.
The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.
We achieve our mission through transformative research and engagement, around the pillars of fellowships, the peer-reviewed journal Civil Society Review, engagement in multi-level fora, the Civil Society Incubator, and Daleel Madani the civil society network.

Mission and Objectives

Social Science for change
The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action is a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between the scientific, practitioner, and policy spheres. The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.
We achieve our mission through transformative research and engagement, around the pillars of multi-disciplinary and contextualised research; tools for civil society actors, namely Daleel Madani the civil society network; and education for all, namely the Civil Society Incubator.

Main Projects / Activities

The centre conducts and facilitates original, interdisciplinary, and scientific research that is published in various formats (including a peer-reviewed journal “the Civil Society Review”, articles, policy briefs, mappings, and visuals). Research is developed and conducted by the centre’s hub of scholars, fellows, and network. It aims to publish grounded, contextualised, and transformative research, combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
As an action-oriented research hub, the centre is committed to an open access policy, making all of the centre’s publications available to a wider public. This stems from the centre’s mission to foster social change and action through free access to information, innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.
The centre adopts a participatory, grounded methodology that aims at informing multi-level action through evidence-based and contextualised knowledge. The interdisciplinary dimension of the centre’s research allows it to draw from, and build synergies across disciplines, as well as across the scientific, the practitioner, and the policy fields. This strives to contribute to critical thinking and action, and informing public debate and public policy.

The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action strives to engage in multilevel fields and fora.
Complementing the research publication geared towards the centre’s diverse audience, the centre engages these audiences and stakeholders in various research and action avenues, including knowledge sharing events, scientific seminars, fellowships and study weeks, as well as workshops, and incubation.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

The Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action was founded in 2006 in Lebanon, under the name of Lebanon Support, in order to document and facilitate information sharing and management, as well as fostering cooperation and partnerships between the different civic and civil actors in Lebanon, in the aftermath of the Israeli July war. Registering officially in Lebanon in 2009, and as the centre’s work grew, Daleel Madani was launched as a separate online platform in 2011, in order to cater to more than 1 thousand civil society actors at the time. The Civil Society Knowledge Centre, the multidisciplinary research platform was launched in 2013, consolidating the position of the centre as a research hub, followed by the Civil Society Review, a peer-reviewed journal, in 2015. In 2016, the Civil Society Incubator was established, building on the informal support and coaching the centre had been providing over the years, and in an effort to democratise access to knowledge and tools.
Through these programmes, the peer-reviewed journal, and fellowships, the centre strived towards producing transformative knowledge contributing to social change.
The launching of Daleel Madani at a regional and global level as of 2019, complemented the regional focus initiated with the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, the Civil Society Review, and the centre’s fellowships.
The name change in 2021 to Centre for Social Sciences Research and Action concretised this expansion of the centre, and better reflects its scope of work on a regional and global scale, towards “social science for change”.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We have met with several members of the network and have been impressed with the level of engagement and civic and collaborative spirit.

Contact (1) Full Name
Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi and Léa Yammine
Job Title
co directors
Head of the organisation
co directors: Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi and Léa Yammine

Campos Culture and Arts

National Network
Cyprus
Address

7 Salaminos Ave
Flat #2
1045 Nicosia
Cyprus

Telephone
+35799852500
E-Mail
diomedesk@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2021
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Media
  3. Others
  4. Youth and education
General Information

CAMPOS Culture and Arts is a non-profit organization based in Nicosia, Cyprus, established in 2021 by culture, arts and education professionals. It aims to employ staff based on project implementation needs and funding from national and European sources. It has yet to implement projects.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of CAMPOS Culture and Arts is to have a positive contribution in peacebuilding, social inclusion and community resilience through the transformative power of arts and education. As per the statutes/articles of association of the organization:

1) Activity in the fields of theatre, culture and arts. Promotion of contemporary Cypriot artistic/cultural production, international mobility of artists and circulation of their works of art.
2) Organization, production, coproduction and presentation of performing arts (theatre, music, dance, interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary, etc.).
3) Production, coproduction, facilitation and implementation of programs, events, performances, artistic/theatre workshops, lectures, seminars, conferences, discussions, symposia and other educational projects for adults, youth and children, including persons with reduced opportunities, in Cyprus, abroad and online.
4) Support social justice and equity initiatives; creation of peace culture; social empowerment of communities including artists and underrepresented groups.
5) Development, participation, production, facilitation and implementation of cultural/social entrepreneurship.
6) Offer of cultural management services: grant writing (e.g., for EU funding programs); offer of consultation and expertise for the implementation of projects; offer of specialized workshops and creative works on behalf of other organizations.
7) Promote and develop arts and culture to audiences; cultivate a spirit of cooperation with interested stakeholders in Cyprus and abroad; cooperation with artistic/cultural organizations, theatre groups, institutions, international/European/governmental and private organizations, citizen groups and corporations to achieve common goals; collaboration with science organizations and other fields in cross-sectoral activities with the arts and cultures.
8) International, European, regional, cross-border collaborations with other organisations and stakeholders in the fields of arts, culture and educational/social projects.

Main Projects / Activities

As a newly-established organization (est. 2021), CAMPOS is focused on building sustainable networks and aims to collaborate with other organizations in:
• co-creating meaningful contemporary performing arts/interdisciplinary projects
• supporting cultural and educational initiatives
• emphasizing the peacebuilding and social inclusion potential of the arts
• imagining innovative solutions to challenges of the creative and cultural sector
• considering sustainability through cultural/social entrepreneurship
• making more resilient artists, cultural professionals and their wider communities
• upholding shared European values of freedom, democracy, equality, human rights and dignity.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

CAMPOS members have excellent knowledge of and access to the arts & culture and civil society ecosystems across the divide in Cyprus, having collaborated with multiple shareholders on various projects in the past. For example, central/local government agencies, universities, civil society organizations – arts, entrepreneurship, youth, peacebuilding, LGBTIQ+ rights, etc. – festivals, theatres, art production houses, venues as well as, individual artists and cultural professionals.

CAMPOS can contribute to the professional development and implementation of: residencies, performances, capacity-building activities, conferences, specialized communication/outreach plans, project management and can help deliver multiple deliverables and other types of actions to the highest standards.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

This is CAMPOS’ first application to join an international network of organisations. CAMPOS Culture and Arts would like to belong to a family of organisations with similar mission, objectives and outlook. We acknowledge the multiple ways the ALF Network has been active in Cyprus. We would like to expand our local, European and international network; to focus on finding project partners in the MENA region – often forgotten by Cypriot organisations, regardless of our proximity; and to participate in ALF Network calls for proposals with innovative, artistic, sustainable, meaningful projects.

Contact (1) Full Name
Diomedes Koufteros
Head of the organisation
Diomedes Koufteros

Center for Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue

National Network
Croatia
Address

Marijane Radev 2
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

Telephone
+385923477492
E-Mail
info@cemd.hr
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2021
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Gender
  3. Human rights
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Research
  6. Youth and education
General Information

CEMD is registered as an association in Zagreb, Croatia. Currently, there are 3 founders and 4 association members (people, not legal entities or organizations). As a new association, CEMD is currently engaged in fundraising activities through applications for various projects and partnerships. Sources of funding are from project applications and research activities.

Mission and Objectives

To promote and further current affairs in the Euro-Mediterranean region, helping to shape the conversation on important social issues, as well as promoting transparency and accountability in the region.

Main Projects / Activities

The Center for Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (CEMD) is an independent, non-profit, organization based in Zagreb, Croatia, focused on promoting, developing and improving intercultural dialogue, human rights, education, regional and international cooperation. Croatia’s leading forum for debates, CEMD excels in in-house research on a wide range of policy areas, from justice and security, to foreign policy and international cooperation.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

With our management's vast experience in international relations and cooperation, as well as strong academic background, we recognized the need to this kind of organization in Croatia. There are seldom opportunities for a quality and structured dialogue on Euro-Mediterranean issues, in addition to very few organizations being involved in the Euro-Med regional matters. CEMD can contribute to the Croatian national network by providing a solid platform specialized in EU-Med relations and research.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

ALF network provides a great opportunity to partner, exchange and learn from a large multi-country network of various organizations. Capacity building, project development, cooperation, are just a few reasons why ALF is our choice of networks to join.

Contact (1) Full Name
Niksa Jelovcic
Job Title
Coordinator
Head of the organisation
Dr. Irena Cajner Mraovic

International University of Sarajevo (IUS)

National Network
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address

Hrasnicka Cesta 15
71210 Ilidža
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Telephone
+387 33 957 410
E-Mail
emeltopcu2007@gmail.com
E-Mail (2)
etopcu@ius.edu.ba
Mobile Phone
+387 627 25 05 5
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
2004
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
General Information

Founded by the Foundation for Education Development Sarajevo, IUS was inaugurated in the academic year of 2004/2005. It is located in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. International University of Sarajevo (IUS) is open to students from all over the world, and the language of instruction and communication is English.

Mission and Objectives

The vision of IUS is to become an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research and a centre of excellence and quality through the shared efforts of the founders, academic and administrative staff, students and all stakeholders. IUS aims at becoming the major hub in Balkans for bridging the East to the West as a leading international institution of higher education and research centre with comprehensive excellence and quality whose students are lifelong learners, inter-culturally competent and well-developed leaders in socio-economic development of societies.Education, research and training spanning modern information sciences and administrative disciplines, fundamental and social sciences, humanities, arts, applied sciences and engineering; Providing a diverse and interactive curriculum, bridging traditional boundaries between subjects, to educate students for life in a rapidly changing world; Emphasizing interdisciplinary studies especially in profiles important for democratic and modem economic development in the region; Efficiency, organization and creativity adopted from the American educational system, combined with the breadth and depth of knowledge of the traditional European system; Establishing a research institute, thus increasing connections between academic, industrial and service sectors; Assuring openness to students and scholars from all over the world, adhering to highest academic values and criteria

Main Projects / Activities

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) is dedicated to applying consistent project management practices that will help IUS fulfill its mission and strategic goals. The office was established in January of 2016 and its goal is to encourage IUS faculty and staff to apply for projects.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can contribute to implement and maintain projects and processes, increase the number of institutional projects, announce grant opportunities, and encourage faculty and staff to apply for research opportunities/projects.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

To be able to get involved with the collaboration of Anna Lindh Foundation - Bosnia & Herzegovina for following the international project opportunities and grants.

Contact (1) Full Name
Catalina Quireruz
Job Title
Freelancer
Head of the organisation
Emel Topcu

Udruzenje za razvoje medija i civilnog drustva - URMCD

National Network
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address

Višnjik 1
Prizemlje
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Telephone
+38761604833
E-Mail
dedovicharis@gmail.com
E-Mail (2)
urmcd.sarajevo@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2016
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Media
  4. Youth and education
General Information

Our organization is structured of the General Assembly, Board of 3 members and 1 full time employee and 5 to 15 part time employees in accordance to projects we are working on.
Our budgetary resources vary from 40.000€ to 120.000€ depending on a projects we do in a year. E.g. this year our budget is 110.000€, and last year it was 50.000€, with sources of funding being different foundations such as EU funding, UN organizations and private foundations.
The activities we do, also vary from subject to subject. Our two main activities are in the field of culture and media. We are operating the most influential satire website in BiH satro.info and satire TV show "Stručni štab" that is being distributed on a national TV broadcast. Also we work in political accountability and political literacy, where we campaign online for accountability and do the educational workshops in the field for literacy. Strategic partners we work with are Mreža aktivističkih promjena, Obojena klapa, Zaboravljena djeca rata, Radio Kameleon and Balkan Art Scene - BAS.

Mission and Objectives

Mission – To establish and uphold media platforms which will strengthen media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to support citizens participation, and media and civic education of young people in the country.

Main Projects / Activities

The activities and objectives of the Association, in accord to the Statute, are:

- Improvement of any and all aspects of media and civil society
- Helping the development and accessibility of internships for young media workers
- Advocating for media freedom and freedom of information
- Helping and supporting the education of youth
- Organizing seminars, workshops, conferences and debates to foster networking and develop new skills in beneficiaries of various professions.
- Developing and implementing projects focused on media, civil society and human rights and political literacy
- Exchanging experiences and information with similar Associations and other non-government organizations in the country and abroad;
- Publishing books, brochures, bulletins and other publications, as well as launching web-sites and radio shows in order to achieve the objectives of the Association.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Our contribution can lay in the strengths of our experience and very good relationship with media in BiH, since we operate within the media sector for more than 10 years. On the other hand, we also have a great relations with art scene of Sarajevo and BiH. This is due to our projects with film workers, street artists, conceptual artists and many others. We have a pretty big experience in production and logistics, since we have done the first "Gender in Media" conference in BiH, produced a TV show and organized the production of workshops and production of documentaries and movies with young screenwriters, actors, directors and editors. We would definitely be able to help with organization of all kinds of events and visibility of the network.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would like to join the ALF network because we think that there are many quality CSO's within the ALF. And our stance is that networking with the other organizations that work in the field of art and culture is one of the main strengths in developing the democratic society in BiH and Western Balkan region. Existing in the ALF framework is an opportunity to exchange good practices with all the members of the network as well as bigger outreach and interconnecting with other people who might not be in the foundation, but a close associates, friends and partners with the similar goals.

Contact (1) Full Name
Haris Dedovic
Job Title
Executive Director
Head of the organisation
Haris Dedovic
Contact (2) Full Name
Mirza Salkovic
Job Title (2)
Board member

ESN AL

National Network
Albania
Address

Rr. Medar Shtylla
1000
Tirana
Albania

Telephone
+355699482866
E-Mail
albania@esn.org
E-Mail (2)
esntirana.candidate@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2021
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

ESN Tirana is the official Tirana based Section of ESN International, a volunteer based organization of students and alumnii focusing on enriching local experiences for foreign students.
International and exchange students arriving in Tirana have access to ESN’s support, events and services including the ESNcard, a membership card that supports international students and trainees and gives them access to affordable opportunities during their period abroad, and ESNbuddy, a mentor system that fosters internationalisation at home as well as the integration of international students into the local community.

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

Main Projects / Activities

Trainings
Workshops
Projects
Exchanges

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Members of ESN in Albania are active volunteer who can alsways contribute to bring in the youth perspectives, experience in education programmes and immerse experience with internationalization of education.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

At ESN we believe at the power of networking, as in itself the NGO was born through a membership in a pan-european network of shared values. ALF offers those values in a region we feel part of and we want to contribute to the national network, especially in topics like youth and educaton, which are to our point of view urgent and immediate needs for policy responses.

Contact (1) Full Name
Lutjona Lula
Job Title
National Representative
Head of the organisation
Emi Dautaj
Contact (2) Full Name
Emi Dautaj
Job Title (2)
Executive Director

سوليما للدعم النفسي و الاجتماعي

National Network
Palestine
Address

عمارة الجوهرة. الطابق الثاني. الرام
الرام - القدس
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
٠٠٩٧٢٣٤٧١٤٧
E-Mail
info@soleema.ps
E-Mail (2)
ghada@soleema.ps
Mobile Phone
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Mobile Phone (other)
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Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
2013
Fields of Activity
  1. Others
General Information

جمعية سوليما للدعم النفسي هي جمعية خيرية غير ربحية مرخصة حسب الأصول من الجهات الرسمية QR-1379-C. تأسست بتاريخ 2013/6/12 في محافظة القدس على أيدي مجموعة من الأخصائيين النفسيين الاجتماعيين المهنيين لتقديم الخدمة النفسية والاجتماعية لأفراد المجتمع المقدسي بكافة شرائحه وفئاته ومواقع تواجده، وخاصة الذين تعرضوا لاضطرابات صادمة نتيجة الكوارث الطبيعية والبشرية، وذلك لمساعدتهم على تحقيق التكيف النفسي والاجتماعي ليصبحوا مساهمين ايجابيا في بناء وتقدم مجتمعهم بهدف الوصول لمجتمع خال من الاضطرابات الصادمة. ‎تتكون الهيئة الادارية من تسعة اعضاء و الهيئة العامة من ثمانين عضواً، اضافة اليه اربعين متطوعاً من المتخصصين في مجال الخدمة الاجتماعية و علم النفس.

Mission and Objectives

تقديم الخدمة النفسية والاجتماعية للأفراد الذين يتعرضون لاضطرابات صادمة لمساعدتهم على الوصول لدرجة من التوازن النفسي والاجتماعي من خلال الرعاية النفسية والاجتماعية الشاملة. تشكيل فريق للدعم النفسي و الاجتماعي للتدخل الفوري وقت حدوث الأزمات بالتواجد بالمكان لتقديم الخدمة النفسية وفق مقتضيات الموقف. تقديم الخدمة الإرشادية لكافة شرائح المجتمع ومختلف المراحل العمرية دعم ومساندة المضطربين نفسياً و اجتماعياً

Main Projects / Activities

تأهيل طلاب الخدمة الاجتماعية لبناء قدراتهم وتدريبهم وتأهيلهم مهنياً. ورشات عمل للنساء و الاطفال و الشباب. تقديم الإرشاد النفسي والاجتماعي للأسر المقدسية المتضررة من خلال طاقم نفسي متخصص ومؤهّل ومتعدّد التخصصات مبادرات مجتمعية مساعدات عينية للاسر المحتاجة مساعدات نقدية لطلبة الجامعات كفالة ايتام مشروع الحقيبة المدرسية مشاريع الاعياد (كسوة العيد)

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

نقل خبراتنا كجمعية لجميع أعضاء الشبكة، وإمكانية عمل دورات مجانية تدريبية لأعضاء الشبكة وذلك حسب الحاجة والتخصص، إمكانية ارسال متطوعي الجمعية للمشاركة في النشاطات الخاصة في مؤسسات أعضاء الشبكة المشاركة في دورات و مؤتمرات محلية و دولية لتمثيل المؤسسات المعنية بتقديم الخدمة النفسية و الاجتماعية.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

من أجل تعزيز قدرات المجتمع المحلي في إطار التنمية المستدامة ، وتعزيز قدرات الفئات الميتهدفة لدى الجمعية، والاندماج الدولي والوطني مع أعضاء من خلال هذه الشبكة تعمل في إطار أهداف الجمعية من أجل تبادل الخبرات ومتابعة كل ما هو جديد في مجال التدخل النفسي والاجتماعي وتبادل الثقافات

Contact (1) Full Name
غادة ابو ربيع
Job Title
رئيسة الجمعية
Head of the organisation
غادة ابو ربيع
Contact (2) Full Name
مروان البشيتي
Job Title (2)
مدير المشاريع

Spark for Innovation and Creativity

National Network
Palestine
Address

Remal
Gaza- Palestine
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
0567779900
E-Mail
spark@circlesofinnovation.info
E-Mail (2)
h.heyam22@gmail.com
E-Mail (3)
heyam@circlesofinnovation.info
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2018
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

Spark for Innovation & Creativity (SPARK) is an independent Palestinian, not-for-profit developmental organization working in the fields of entrepreneurship and digital transformation, culture, and education, founded on 2018 and registered in January 2019. Spark fosters creativity and innovation to generate value in our community, to be a thriving, successful community in which all people have the tools to launch new ideas and to create innovative work opportunities. Spark was established by a group of passionate individuals who believe in the importance of having institutions that work with and for young people in a supportive and innovative atmosphere. We, at Spark, take most of the responsibility of funding our projects and assets to maintain sustainability - believing that people are the agents of change. However, we were able to win three mini-grants until now from different institutions in Gaza and the West Bank. Our partners: Dalia Community Association, the General Union of Cultural Centers, Atfaluna Association for the Deaf. Fields of work: culture and arts, science and technology.

Mission and Objectives

Mission SPARK is an innovation hub that provides Palestinian Youth (from both sexes) with inspiring, innovative and motivational environments in order to enhance their creativity and distinguish. We at SPARK adopt a participatory learning approach (PLA) in order to ensure actual involvement for youth in the decision-making process. We believe that youth is an essential actor within the Palestinian community development. Strategic Goals: • To recruiting the power of creativity and cultural diversity for social welfare and civil society. • To supporting creativity based on investment in culture, education, innovation and technology, and enhancing work-based learning and development, in a way that serves increasing job opportunities, employment and income generation. • To develop and make available cultural output to a wider public and to encourage it to become more active and responsive.

Main Projects / Activities

List of Projects and Activities carried out by Spark: Project # 01: Be A Tech Youth! The project aimed to build the capacities of youth (women and men) from different areas in the Gaza Strip, from different promising fields in the field of outsourcing and freelancing and increase their accessibility to decent job opportunities and economic empowerment. The project targeted a number of 150 youth (women and men). Project # 02: The Fab Zone The Fab Zone is a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience where students learn rapid-prototyping by planning and executing a new project each week, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments. Project # 03: Youth-Centered Design The program helps youth to create solutions for people using the Human Centered Design approach and supports designing services and programs that put children and youth first Project # 04: Reflection on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda: This project classified under the “Education for Sustainable Development” program. This project started in January 2019, aimed to develop youth awareness on the sustainable development goals and their importance as a road map towards a prosperous future based on a vital and ambitious community and a flourishing and thriving economy. To reach this vision, we worked on enhancing their participation in the Palestinian community through a number of training programs and workshops such as: 1- “The Sustainable Development Goals 2030 - The Way to the Future” workshop. 2- “Barra Al-Shabiak: Out of the Windows” workshop, which discussed the most important problems and issues facing Palestinian society from a youth perspective. 3- "Health Care for All: Make It Real" workshop, which discussed the right of society members to enjoy healthy and secure lifestyles. 4- “Young Women Make History” workshop celebrating the International Women's Day 2019 which took the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. Project # 05: Youth Leads Future This project aimed to provide young people with the necessary skills and expertise that enable them to be active individuals in changing their communities. To achieve this, we worked on soft skills like: communication, creativity, entrepreneurship and business, as well as health and environment. Project # 06: Computer-Aided Design The program gives young youth -girls and boys - (15-18) the opportunity to explore different 2D and 3D software to understand possibilities and limitations. Participants work on hands-on projects and learn how to use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create their designs. They are introduced to 3D printers and learn how to export their files to bring their designs to life. Project # 07: STEM IN MAKERSPACE In the STEM program we work on the STEM curriculum, which enhances the necessary skills in the twenty-first century, such as critical thinking, logical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving to name a few. We worked on many workshops and training programs including: - Alternative Energy Solutions - Electrical Circuits and Robot Technology Digital Transforming Project # 08: Climate, Human Health, & Environment In this program, we work on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth through enhancing the participants’ abilities in creative industries field through workshops that focused on related themes like visual art, painting, design, and The total number of participants in the workshops were over 40 participants (boys and girls). Project # 09: Be careful, COVID-19 has another face! Production of short animation films which reflect the Palestinian cultural identity from youth perspective, this initiative focused on the application of animation and use it as an effective tool to increase the interest of youth in participating in public live and express their identity and their culture freely, and motivate them to share new ideas and innovative interventions. Project # 10: Picture Colored with People This initiative aimed to enhance to role of youth in the Palestinian community development and equip them with positive energy and optimistic and encourage them to looking forward enhance their art and hobbies accordingly and share it with community members in order to highlight key important issues associated to Palestinian identity. Project # 11: Women in Stem The program gives young girls (16-18) the opportunity to delve deeper into science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, to develop their higher-order thinking skills and their ability to solve problems. This program aims to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university Projec#12: Learn English for work Young people learn English through interactive, fun lessons that take them through everyday situations and topics related to work, study, travel, and more. Project # 13: Mechanisms for empowering women at the legal and economic levels A program aimed at introducing young women to their legal and economic rights, and preparing them to be leaders at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life Project # 14: Portal for Change Programs in partnership with Mercy Corps, where young people in Spark meet with their counterparts from Arab and international countries, to discuss global issues affecting young people Project # 15: Go to green A program that gives young people the opportunity to learn about environmental problems and think about creative and influential solutions that guarantee a friendly environment.

Contact (1) Full Name
Heyam Al Hayek
Job Title
General Manager
Head of the organisation
Heyam ALHayk

The Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue

National Network
Israel
Address

10 Yad Harutsim St
Jerusalem 9153102
Israel

Telephone
+972-02-676-4103
E-Mail
fundraising@rossingcenter.org
Mobile Phone
+972 54-752-9222
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2004
Fields of Activity
  1. Gender
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Youth and education
General Information

Through education, encounter, research and information services, The Rossing Center fosters improved relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, reaching some 8,000 people every year. The Center operates seven major programs - the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, Educating for Change, Dialogue and Identity, Healing Hatred, ADAShA, The Open House in Ramle and Meeting Place – each of which has its own director and/or coordinator. Activities are overseen by the Executive Director and the Center has 16 paid staff members, 12 of whom hold full-time positions, and an annual budget of 1,200,000 Euro. The organization has received support from the US Embassy, the Church of Sweden, DVHL, Misereor, various family foundations, private donors, and more, and partners with the Ministry of Education, local municipalities, the TALI Education Fund, the National Office of Catholic Schools and other civil society organizations in Israel and Palestine.

Mission and Objectives

The Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue is a Jerusalem-based, non-profit organization that promotes an inclusive society for all religious, ethnic and national groups in Israel. Through education, encounter, research and information services, the Center fosters improved relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. We believe that understanding, respect, justice and equality are the cornerstones of a better future for us all.

The objectives of the Rossing Center’s include:
-Contributing to the understanding and appreciation of the other’s religious/cultural/national narratives, traditions, beliefs, and practices;
- Combating prejudices and negative stereotypes;
- Creating and deepening relationships across religious lines despite differences and disagreement.

Main Projects / Activities

Rossing Center's seven programs include Educating for Change, which provides teachers with tools for managing and facilitating conflictual racism-related discussions in the classroom; Dialogue and Identity - a Jewish and Arab primary school-twinning program that promotes understanding, respect, and intercultural tolerance; JCJCR (the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations) that offers teachers, tour guides, and key stakeholders (such as IDF personnel) courses, study tours, seminars on Christian communities and local Jewish-Christian relations; Healing Hatred, an innovative model for inter-religious dialogue that equips professionals with tools and hands-on skills of spiritual counseling for healing trauma and fear; ADAShA, which provides inter-religious groups from overseas with a multi-faceted educational experience in Israel; Meeting Place, a partnership project with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem to promote an inclusive campus through study and dialogue groups held by Jewish, Christian and Muslim students; and the recently opened Open House in Ramle, a grassroots hub for interfaith, intercultural and inter-generational activity created, implemented and sustained by Ramle residents

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

First and foremost, the Rossing Center brings its 17 years of experience and the over 60,000 people impacted by our work to the Anna Lindh Network promoting intercultural dialogue. By engaging directly with government and institutional stakeholders, applying a multiplier effect by working with teachers, tour guides, and religious leaders who disseminate our message, and by applying our unique Healing Hatred methodology that enables participants to understand core spiritual and moral dilemmas at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and abandon the discourse of victimhood and fear, the Rossing Center brings a unique approach to conflict mitigation, shared society and coexistence. Following the alarming outbreak of violence in mixed Jewish-Arab cities in May 2021, our work has become all the more crucial and pressing. Now, more than ever, providing teachers with tools for managing and facilitating conflictual racism-related discussions in the classroom, organizing twinning events between Jewish and Arab schoolchildren to facilitate understanding, respect, and intercultural tolerance, and building relations between Israeli and Palestinian students on campus – are essential if we wish to address the root causes that have led to the recent shattering of relations between many Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

As a leading organization engaged in dialogue and improved relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians, we believe our goals to be very much aligned with those of the ALF. The Rossing Center would be honored to join the Anna Lindh Foundation Network, and sees it as an opportunity to expand partnerships with other civil society bodies both in Israel and in Europe, and as a means of raising funds for new and existing projects.

Additional Information
Contact (1) Full Name
Dr. Sarah Bernstein
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
Dr. Sarah Bernstein
Contact (2) Full Name
Michal Rapoport
Job Title (2)
Resource Development