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April 2016 Newsletter

It's an exciting time at Project Wadi Attir, with our many functions and enterprises up and running, and making meaningful strides towards fulfilling the project's vision. In the interest of keeping these newsletters short, we've made sure to link to our blog throughout. Click if you want to know more!

Visitor, Training and Education Center
Our Visitor's Center has been welcoming hundreds of visitors monthly from all over the country and the world, representing a variety of professional and personal interests. To see photos from a selection of recent visitors to the project, including Senators from the Czech Republic Parliament, students from Columbia University, the Green School Network and others, click here. We've also been fortunate to welcome some high profile visitors, including the Deputy US Ambassador to Israel, William Grant, and the Secretary General of the OECD, José Ángel Gurría Treviño.
Visitors from NAJU, the Youth Association for the Protection of Nature from Germany
Ambassadors from nine African countries, led by Amran Amarni of the Visitor's Center
The project is proud to be offering unique educational opportunities to local Bedouin students that do not exist anywhere else in the Negev. Students of all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade, have been engaging regularly with the project site, and in fact, nearly 200 high schoolers have completed our pilot Student Research Program. What's more, the project has been hosting teacher training on the topic of sustainability for educators and administrators all over the Negev. Jewish students have also been visiting the site on field trips and as part of a number of "shared society" encounters.
Kindergarteners learning about bees and honey
Al Ahed School of Science students taking a biological survey on the project site 
Local educators at a PWA "teaching sustainability" workshop
School Principals from the Avney Rosha Institute
Students milking the PWA herd during "shared society" programming
Students working the field together during "shared society" programming
Herding and Dairy Initiative
Construction continues on our milking facility, and meanwhile, we have completed the build out of our temporary dairy production facility. We have added goat cheese to our list of dairy products, inspired by the first wave of births in our goat herd. 
Newborn kids in our goat herd
Sabach Alatawnah and Ghadir Hani in the dairy
Construction continues on the milking facility
Project Manager Yunes Nabari with a pasteurizer in the dairy production facility
Indigenous Vegetable Initiative
Safiya Morgan, Director of the Indigenous Vegetable Initiative, is continuing her work with local kindergartens through the "Young Farmers" program, which teaches children to care for the land. She has also begun offerring an intensive workshop for local women called "Quality of Life and Local Food Culture," where women learn techniques for dairy production, and are introduced to the project's herding and medicinal plants functions. They also receive instruction and lectures on home gardening and healthy nutrition. Safiya will be refining this program so that she can deliver it year-round. Safiya is also working with Dr. Stefan Leu, who leads the Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, identifying limans suitable for planting, and beginning to sow the project's "edible forest."
Kindergarteners in the "Young Farmers" Program
Women in the "Quality of Life and Local Food Culture" Workshop learning about dairy production
Other News
The project's many enterprises are working on their product packaging. Check out the photo, below, of the project's lead designer, Shai Zauderer, photographing a Bedouin shepherdess for our dairy product labels.
Dr. Stefan Leu of our Ecosystem Restoration Initiative just returned from Amman, Jordan, where he participated in the Global Land Outlook Writeshop on Scaling up Sustainable Land Management, organized in collaboration with the UNCCD, the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems and ICARDA. Click here for an interview from the event with Dr. Leu about sustainable herd management. You can see some recent images of our rehabilitated dryland ecosystem here.
Also, you'll notice a few new faces around our staff meeting table, including several Bedouin women who are taking on managing roles in the project! We'll have interviews with some of the new hires up on our blog soon, so keep checking back!
Have you checked in on our Instagram lately? Follow us for beautiful images from Project Wadi Attir!
Thank You!
We want to extend our sincerest thanks to JNF-USA, to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to the Ministry of Development of the Negev and the Galilee, the Economic Development Authority in the Minority Sector at the Prime Minster’s Office, the Authority for Development and Housing of the Bedouin in the Negev, and the Arnow Family. We'd also like to thank the many foundations and individuals (listed below) for their continued and committed support of the project.

General Development and Operating Funds have been provided by:
Individuals: Diane Archer and Stephan Percer, Joan & Robert Arnow, Kathi & Peter Arnow, Elyse & Joshua Arnow, Eli Arnow, Ruth Arnow, Chloe Arnow, Talia Arnow, Michael Ben-Eli, Lawrence Benenson, Lillian Ben Zion, Martin Blackman, Joanna Corrigan, Alisa and Daniel Doctoroff, Eugene M. Grant, Jeffery Gural, Ron Guttman, Pamela Kochen Baroukh, Tony Leichter, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff, Murray Nathan & Rita Calderon, Susan & Randy Richardson, Joe Rosenblatt, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Steven J. Shaw, Susan Sillins, Michael Sonnenfeldt, Michael Weinstein, Bill Wiener, Roy Zuckerberg. Foundations: Anonymous Foundation (Israel), The Arnow Family Fund, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, The Moses Feldman Family Foundation, Shirley and William Fleischer Foundation, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, The Green Environment Fund, Jewish Funders Network, JFNA Social Venture Fund for Arab Israeli Equality & Shared Society, The Robert Sillins Family Foundation, The Alan B. Slifka Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation 
 
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