The International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly known as the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), is committed to the belief that social justice is the most reliable foundation for strong, healthy societies.
Since 1997, joining with partners in each of Palestine, Jordan and Israel, ICAN has worked to establish eleven rights-based community practice (RBCP) centres in some of the most disadvantaged areas of these societies. Despite the increasing violence and uncertainty in the Middle East over the last decade, the centres have implemented programs that engage, educate and empower the citizens most affected by conflict, war, economic hardship and uncertainty.
Over 120,000 people benefit from the work of our centres each year, allowing them access to the basic social, economic and human rights to which we are all entitled.
More than 50 alumni have trained in community organizing as part of ICAN's International MSW Fellowship. These Fellows continue to work at these centres and across the Middle East to advance social justice.
We have proudly trained graduate fellows from all three countries together in Montreal, preparing them to work within and between communities to solve common problems. We have also been strengthened by the common vision of all our partners that all people share the same rights. Our ability, when the political situation permits, to implement projects across borders for mutual benefit has stood as a testament to the power of relationships. Our ability to adapt to changing conditions is one of the great strengths of our program. Before peace can come between communities it must be deeply rooted within communities. As such, today we at McGill are working to strengthen ICAN at the national and local level within all three countries and hope to promote cross-border alliances again when circumstances permit.
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