The Ariela Foundation

Our main objective is to assist youngsters of Ethiopian origin with promise for excellence in innovative ("ground breaking") career paths to fully fulfill their potential and maximize their personal and professional growth. The creation of such success stories can have a great impact on their immediate surroundings by creating true role models for other Ethiopian youngsters and Israeli society in general. Excellence comes in many forms including studies, arts, sports and community leadership.
Nov 3, 2013

Ariela Foundation Update - October 2013

 Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 In this quarterly updated, we would like to share one of our success stories, that of Yirus;

 Yirus, who just started the 10th grade at the Nativ Noam Darcha High School in Gedera, is a third year participant of the Ariela Star Program. She is one of the most mature, responsible and motivated participants in her group. She is opinionated, dominant in group dynamics, disciplined and full of ambition.

 During one of the group activities after she heard the personal story of Yael (an older participant of Ariela, role model and a graduate in accounting), Yirus said she was now convinced she could be an accountant and that she was so happy she could meet her and learn from her.

 As part of Ariela activities and throughout the school year, Yirus took part in weekly tutorial sessions with a volunteer mentor from the Conduit high tech company. During a follow up conversation with Yirus and her mother, they both expressed their high level of satisfaction from the tutorial lessons and the great progress that was made in the subject of mathematics. The mother said, “It’s mostly because of Ariela’s help. Yirus was having problems with mathematics and since having a mentor, there is improvement, Yirus talks about how satisfied she is. In general, it is very important for her to continue with Ariela because I can see how important the future of these children is for Ariela.”

 When she grows up, Yirus wants to be an accountant and said, “I am going to finish with a full high school matriculation exam and I will still be with Ariela after my army service. When I become a successful accountant or economist and make money, I will donate back to Ariela.”

 In addition, we would like to share with you our latest video that describes our activities. This video was actually produced by one of our graduates, Alamork. This is the link to the video:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpinqoGfoHs

 Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

 Eric Goldberg

Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation 

Yirus
Yirus

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Aug 4, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update - April-June 13

Santayahu
Santayahu

August 2013

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 Throughout April-June 2013 we continued to provide 23 program participants with tutorial lessons, financial assistance for scholarships & educational equipment, ongoing mentoring, educational guidance, funding for enrichment programs & after school activities, group workshops and educational field trips.

 We would like to share two of our success stories which we hope you will find inspirational;

 Santayahu, a 15 year old student, just completed the 8th grade in Gan Yavne where she resides with her parents and seven siblings. She immigrated to Israel six years ago, and despite her relatively short time in Israel, she is an outstanding student.

 In order to fulfil her dreams, at the end of the 5th grade, she managed to get accepted on her own to a high quality private school, Ulpanat Zvia, all without any help from the family. Santayahu invests great efforts in her studies and finished the 8th grade as an outstanding student with a grade point average of 90.

She was accepted as an Ariela participant a year ago as a result of her great achievements, personal charm and great ambition to succeed in life. Since her parents do not work nor speak Hebrew, she receives little economic or educational assistance at home.

The Ariela Foundation provides Santayahu with funding for dancing lessons, something she has dreamt about for a long time. In addition, Ariela provides tutorial lessons in both English and mathematics. She also meets with a one on one mentor on a weekly basis. The Ariela mentor assists with many aspects of her life including educational assistance, enrichment, personal matters and with the dilemmas of her day to day life. The special personal bond with the mentor has improved her social skills tremendously.

Santayahu dreams of becoming a doctor or a business woman and we are certain that all of her hard work will help her achieve all of her professional dreams.

 Tali, a 27 year old, is currently studying for her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology of children at Tel Aviv University. She was born in Israel and lives in Bat Yam with her parents and three siblings, of whom she is the oldest. Tali is in the midst of writing her thesis in which she is examining the feelings of parents of Ethiopian Jewry after meeting with therapists in order to deal with behavior problems of their children at home and/or at school.

Tali currently holds three jobs: as a therapist at a mental health clinic in Jaffa as part of her studies, as a research assistant at the JDC in Israel, and in "Basis Lehaaracha" in various projects. Up until recently, Tali was active in the Ethiopian Youngsters Forum where she was one of the main forces behind a large demonstration in Jerusalem. She also volunteers with the “Tebeka” organization that provides legal assistance to the Ethiopian community.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors, Ariela Foundation

Tali
Tali
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day

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Aug 4, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update - April-June 13

August 2013

 Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 Some of our main activities throughout April - June 2013 included one on one mentoring, tutorial lessons, meetings with role models, journalism workshops, field orienteering workshops, entrepreneurship and technical product development workshops, parenting workshops, “Environment, communications and technology” workshops, phototherapy workshops, interpersonal communications & “Me and my Surroundings” workshops and workshops to increase inclination towards academic studies and to create awareness about future plans, leadership & social involvement workshops,

 We would also like to share a few results (and some pictures) from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

 -One high school female student from Ness Tziona received a grade point average of 85 in English whilst another male high school student from Ness Tziona improved his math score average by 10 points.

 - In the final matriculation tests of a 12th grade participant from Ness Tziona, he received a grade of 95 score in Math and 93 in advanced English.

 - One participant from Tel Aviv – Jaffa improved his grades in mathematics from “Fail” to 80.

 -Another female student from Tel Aviv – Jaffa improved her grade point average from 74 in the first semester to 83 in the second semester.

 -One of our Tel Aviv – Jaffa groups took part in a navigation competition sponsored by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality and were among the best teams, even winning prize money.

 Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

 Eric Goldberg

Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

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