Official Opening of the Sderot Social Rights Center 
I have just returned from the Middle East, propelled once again by the tremendous efforts, resilience, and optimism that characterize our partner organizations and the individuals that drive them.
I was in the Middle East, in part, to attend the official opening ceremony of the newest centre in the ICAN network.   On January 21, the Sderot Social Rights Centre (SSRC) formally opened its doors. During a very moving ceremony the genuine excitement of community volunteers was palpable. Sderot is one of southern Israel’s poorest communities and is less than five kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip. During the ceremony, one of the volunteers shared with all those present that they “are not alone, that they are part of something larger, and that there are 10 other ICAN centres connected to McGill University, in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, that share a common vision and that are working in parallel to empower their citizens, their communities and their societies”.  I was particularly moved by this, and wanted to share it with you and with all those who continue to believe in and support our efforts.

Over the last 15 years, McGill’s International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly the McGill Middle East Program, has grown into a veritable signature project in the Middle East that now affects over 120,000 individuals annually in some of the most marginalized communities of Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Using the strengths of ordinary people, ICAN continues to spearhead social change and civic engagement in all three societies, engendering a culture of peace in individuals and communities, supporting the shift from feelings of unworthiness to self-respect, from hopelessness to optimism, from violence to resourcefulness, and from alienation to belonging.
For more information about ICAN and its newest centre, please click on the following links:
Warm Regards,
David Leduc
Director of Global Operations, ICAN
ICAN, the future of the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), reflects our long-term vision of deepening our reach in the three countries where we are active and developing a foothold beyond. You can read more about us at this link.
David Buskila, Mayor of Sderot, and Jimmy Weinblatt, President of Sapir College and ICAN Management Committee Member, attend the ceremony.
Local kids build a community mosaic at the SSRC Hanukah party.
Members of the Sderot community gather to celebrate the official opening.
From left to right: Centre Volunteer Lilach Suseya, Storefront Coordinator Becky Cohen-Keshet, SSRC Founder and ICAN Management Committee Member Merav Moshe Grodofsky, and ICAN Director of Global Operations David Leduc, address the crowd at the official opening ceremony.
YES! I would like to contribute to social justice and citizen-driven change in the Middle East by giving to the International Community Action Network.
Visit this link to make your gift through our secure online contribution system, or mail a cheque made out to "ICAN McGill" to the address below. Thank you for supporting a better future for communities and citizens across the Middle East!
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