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Water 4 Mercy launches new Israel-Kenya innovation center

The facility will aid local farmers to grow healthier crops in greater abundance.

A herd of elephants at a water source in Kenya. Credit: Michael Luenen/Pixabay.
A herd of elephants at a water source in Kenya. Credit: Michael Luenen/Pixabay.

A nonprofit organization committed to bringing Israeli technological insights to boost food security in sub-Saharan Africa has launched a new teaching center.

The Israel-Kenya Don Bosco Agricultural Innovation and Technology Center in Embu County, Kenya (AITEC-EMBU), hosted a grand opening attended by numerous officials, including Michael Lotem, the Israeli ambassador to Kenya, and Kinyua Mugo, the Embu county deputy governor.

“There is a tremendous level of gratitude felt by the community when they receive assistance and learn Israelis/Jews are extending help,” Nermine Khouzam Rubin, the founder and CEO of Water 4 Mercy who also attended the event, told JNS. “They are deeply grateful and appreciative, and view this as a compassionate and positive act. Moreover, when they hear that the knowledge and technology come from Israel, they are even more excited to hear that it is from the place where Jesus was born.”

The center will operate as a farm, training center and research hub. Local farmers can gain hands-on training in advanced agricultural solutions and techniques to access fresh water.

Lotem said “the launch of AITEC Embu demonstrates the strong partnership between Israel and Africa and how Israeli technology can make a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of local community members.”

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