The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, and the Sisterhood/Women's Network of Temple B'nai Or will cosponsor a fascinating presentation on the nonprofit organization Eliminate Poverty Now, on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple B'nai Or, 60 Overlook Road, in Morristown. The program is free and open to the public.

Eliminate Poverty Now was founded in 2010 by John and Judy Craig of Mendham, with the goal of creating economic opportunity for the extreme poor in Africa, especially women.

The "extreme poor" is not just a descriptive term. The precise definition is people who live on less than $1 per day. Sadly, over 1 billion people fall into that category, and Africa is home to the largest percentage of them. Eliminate Poverty Now empowers these people by providing knowledge and opportunity to help them lift themselves out of extreme poverty. "Most of our work is in rural areas because that's where most of the extreme poor live. And most of it is agricultural because that's the principal activity in the countryside," John Craig says.

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The Craigs will highlight the work they're doing in Niger, the poorest country on earth. Most of the country lies in the Sahara Desert. Eighty percent of its 15 million people farm rain-fed crops for their survival. In such arid conditions, and with drought now occurring in two years out of every five, they are at constant risk of starvation.

"Our main project there is to introduce modern agricultural practices using irrigation as the foundation," John Craig notes. "We partner with a world-famous Israeli agricultural scientist, one of the team that developed drip irrigation technology to make the Negev bloom."

Judy Craig adds, "Our work also focuses on empowering women economically. When women earn income, the entire society benefits: HIV/AIDS rates go down, maternal and infant mortality goes down, domestic abuse goes down, gross domestic product goes up, and birthrate goes down."

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.     

The Sisterhood/Women’s Network of TBO envisions itself as a welcoming community for women of all ages and stages in their Jewish journey. We open our doors and our hearts to all who seek friendship and an opportunity to grow as individuals, as volunteers and as leaders.

Stronger together, we make an important difference in our synagogue, our local and global Jewish communities through support of Jewish education, social action initiatives, innovative programs and celebrations. Collectively, we have influence and impact on critical, contemporary issues affecting women and children, and the continuity of the Jewish people.

For further information about the program or to register to attend, contact