For more than 10 years, they lived with awful and unsanitary conditions of raw sewage running down their streets because the local authorities would not fix the problems. So frustrated, they reached out to Keren’s team, which receives about 1500 appeals for help a year.
Keren tried to negotiate the needed repairs with the local sewage authority to no success. Pushed to the limit, Keren brought the authorities to court and won her case against them. By June of this year, the court ordered repairs should be complete. Keren will wait to celebrate with the citizens of Keseife until then.
Keren was born and raised in Israel, but spent the first seven years of her life in the US, where her father was a diplomat. Keren always knew that human rights were at the center of her interests and after law school at Tel Aviv University interned at IUED to participate in the Environment and Community program.
As the flagship environmental justice project in Israel, Keren was sure Green Alert could make a difference to the underserved populations in Israel, whose rights to a clean environment are so often violated. Because they are disadvantaged, the priorities to protect their access to proper sanitation, clean water and clean air are lower than they should be.
After her internship, Keren stayed on at IUED to manage the Green Alert program. Keren is proud of the assistance that IUED provides to those community groups or individuals who reach out to the Green Alert help center to complain about threats to their environment.
Keren can be contacted at email@example.com