World ORT (WO)

ORT mondiale
Mundial ORT
Welt ORT

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1880 St Petersburg Russia


Founded 1880, St Petersburg (Russia), to help impoverished Jews in the Pale of Settlement, giving them training in vocational and educational skills. After World War I, spread to Eastern Europe, then to Western Europe, and later to other Jewish communities in need around the world. Became a world federation of national organizations in 1921, under the name ORT Union of Societies for the Promotion of Handicrafts and Industrial and Agricultural Work among the Jews -- Union mondiale des sociétés ORT pour la propagation du travail artisanal industriel et agricole parmi les juifs. After World World II, established workshops providing support and vocational training in refugee camps across Europe and headquarters moved to Geneva (Switzerland). Became a truly international organization in 1960, moving into the developing world, setting up training centres, clinics, self-help and mother and child care programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Programmes are now established in 5 continents, both in the developed and the developing world. Previously known as World ORT Union (WOU) -- Union mondiale ORT -- Unión Mundial ORT -- Weltverband ORT. Present name adopted 2000.


Provide formal education, skills-training and self-help projects for needy communities to put people on the path to economic independence.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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