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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky Travels to Africa to Dedicate New "Jewish Peace Corps" Volunteer Centers in Uganda and South Africa

Sharansky Travels to Africa to Dedicate New “Jewish Peace Corps” Volunteer
Centers in Uganda and South Africa
New Project TEN volunteer centers join existing sites in Ghana, Mexico,
northern Israel;
Jewish Agency chairman to meet with local officials, community leaders,
non-Jewish supporters of Israel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for
Israel Natan Sharansky today (Sunday, February 12) departed on a five-day
trip to Africa to dedicate The Jewish Agency’s new Project TEN volunteer
centers in Namulanda, Uganda and Durban, South Africa.

Project TEN, dubbed the “Jewish Peace Corps,” brings together young Jews
from Israel and around the world to volunteer in underprivileged areas
across the globe. The new centers in Uganda and South Africa join existing
centers in Winneba, Ghana; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Kibbutz Harduf, northern
Israel. Volunteers at the Namulanda and Durban centers have already started
working on several projects in the fields of formal and informal education,
youth empowerment, public health, and sustainable agriculture, most of which
are centered on local children. The Namulanda center is run in cooperation
with BRIT, a coalition of Israeli and international humanitarian
organizations, and the Durban center is operated in partnership with the
South African Zionist Federation, the Denis Hurley Centre, the Victor Daitz
Foundation, the Domino Foundation, and I Care.

During the course of his visits, Sharansky will meet with volunteers at both
centers and will visit several of the projects in which they are engaged.
The highlights of both visits will be the festive dedication ceremonies,
which will be attended by local dignitaries and representatives of partner
organizations. As part of the Jewish Agency chairman’s visit to Uganda, he
will speak at a memorial ceremony at Entebbe airport, marking 41 years since
the daring Israeli rescue mission there. Sharansky’s visit to South Africa
will also bring him to Johannesburg, where he will meet with Jewish
community leaders, Jewish Agency emissaries, and non-Jewish supporters of
Israel.

The dedication ceremony at the center in Namulanda, Uganda, will be
broadcast live on the Project TEN Facebook page starting at 6 p.m. Israel
time tomorrow (Monday, February 13) evening. Additional information and
photos from the various events will be distributed during the course of the
week.

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