West Bank/Gaza

Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Feb 22, 2020
Vitas Group, created by Global Communities is a for-profit holding company that operates a network of microfinance companies, predominantly in the Middle East. They are a unique group of companies with more than twenty years of proven track record of successfully lending to micro, small, and medium enterprises and the only such investment vehicle for impact investors in the region. Since 2004, Vitas companies have disbursed more than $3 billion to over 1 million customers with an annual default rate below two percent. Every two years, Vitas Group surveys clients in its affiliated institutions to assess customer satisfaction, the impact of loans... Read more
Jun 05, 2019
Vitas Group recently issued a report including a Gender Action Plan that seeks to offer tailored services and a better understanding of the needs of women clients, which is expected to result in improved retention and outreach for borrowers. Vitas Group is a Global Communities enterprise established in 2006 as a microfinance holding company with subsidiaries in Lebanon, Romania, Jordan and Palestine, and affiliates in Iraq and Egypt. In 2018 the Vitas Group launched the Vitas Values Equality initiative to raise awareness and secure from all tiers of management a commitment to embracing gender equality across the network. Then in March of this year Vitas Iraq,... Read more
Jan 22, 2019
By Joseph Krauss. This article originally appeared on the Associated Press website. JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, U.S.-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities. The Trump administration’s decision last year to cut more than $200 million in development aid to the Palestinians is forcing NGOs to slash programs and lay off staff as the effects ripple through a community that has spent more than two decades promoting peace in the Middle East. The U.S. government’s development agency, USAID, has provided more than $5.5 billion to the... Read more
Dec 15, 2018
Message from Elissa McCarter-LaBorde, CEO of Vitas Group The year 2017 marked several exciting developments for Vitas Group. We signed shareholders agreements and closed investments with new commercial partners in Lebanon and Egypt. Saradar Bank purchased a 49 percent stake in Vitas Lebanon and committed $20 million in new debt financing to expand our footprint across the country. Saradar Bank is a premier financial institution in Lebanon and has been at the center of Lebanese banking for over 60 years. Egyptian private equity firm BPE Partners, through its new subsidiary “Ebtikar,” entered a 50/50 joint venture to launch Vitas Egypt. Vitas Egypt will be the first microfinance company in the country... Read more
Aug 03, 2018
The World Is Getting Younger: Aid Groups Rush to Meet Urgent Needs By Megan Rabbitt, Communications Manager, USGLC A staggering 25 percent of the global population is now between the ages of 10 and 24. And while meeting the needs of an outsized youth population would be a challenge for any country, the majority of the world’s young people are concentrated in resource-strapped nations. As this so-called “youth bulge” continues to grow, developing countries will need the support of developed nations and private organizations to ensure every young person has the chance to become a self-sufficient adult. International... Read more
Apr 22, 2018
Global Communities, Calvert Impact Capital Sign $5 Million Loan Agreement to Expand Lending in the Middle East  Global Communities recently closed a new loan agreement for $5 million with Calvert Impact Capital. The funds will be used for on-lending to Vitas Palestine to support housing lending in both Gaza and the West Bank over three years. Global Communities and Calvert Impact Capital have collaborated since 2007, when they signed a $1 million loan agreement that helped Global Communities grow its lending portfolio from $120 million to $260 million. Commenting on the transaction, Richard Shumann, Director of Development Finance Operations at Global Communities, said: “Global Communities is excited to expand our 11-year relationship with Calvert Impact Capital.  The new loan allows us... Read more
Nov 01, 2017
Video: Lana Abu-Hijleh & Youth Local Councils Win 2017 John P. McNulty Prize  The McNulty Foundation announced Lana Abu-Hijleh and Youth Local Councils as the recipient of the tenth annual John P. McNulty Prize. Ms. Abu-Hijleh is being honored for pioneering a program that engages over 25,000 youth in the West Bank, and has expanded to Honduras and Ukraine. Through voluntary bodies of elected youth, the Youth Local Councils enable young people to practice leadership and good governance, receive hundreds of hours of training, and propose, plan and execute community projects. Watch the video below for a glimpse at the breakthrough work Lana and the Youth Local Councils do.
Nov 01, 2017
Global Communities’ Lana Abu-Hijleh Wins 2017 McNulty Prize for Work with Youth Local Councils Silver Spring, November 1, 2017 Global Communities Palestine Country Director Lana Abu-Hijleh has received the 10th Annual John P. McNulty Prize for her work creating and implementing local councils for youth which have been implemented in Palestine, Honduras, and are starting up in Ukraine. Abu-Hijleh was one of four finalists for the prize, which was announced today and will be awarded on November 8 at an event in New York City. The award provides the Youth Local Council initiative with $100,000 in support. This is Abu-Hijleh’s first time being honored as the winner of the McNulty Prize and... Read more
Aug 16, 2017
Global Cities Initiative Creating more livable, prosperous, resilient communities Cities are expected to add 2 billion people by 2030 in developing countries alone. Half of this growth will occur in informal settlements, mostly in Asia and Africa. Global Communities has worked across the globe with city governments and urban communities for decades helping them manage this urban growth. We have now consolidated our most innovative programming and tools under our Global Cities Initiative. Through the Global Cities Initiative we are creating more livable, prosperous and resilient urban communities across 100s of cities around the world. We do this by building the capacity of local government, promoting citizen participation... Read more
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