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.
Jul 5, 2011

Star Program Quarterly Report (April - June 2011)

Capoeira participants at their graduation ceremony
Capoeira participants at their graduation ceremony

                                                                                                                      July 2011

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Star Program which now operates in two municipalities (Ness Tziona & Tel Aviv – Jaffa) with three groups of middle school and high school students
of Ethiopian origin. You are helping through this program to change and improve the lives of dozens of young Ethiopian Jews that will become role models for their community.

Throughout the 2nd quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver dozens of activities within the framework of the Star Program. Some of the activities delivered included weekly field orienteering workshops, weekly small group tutorial lessons, weekly self-empowerment workshops, weekly psycho-drama workshops, weekly Capoeira lessons, parenting workshops, light meals for participants, dozens of one on one tutoring/mentoring sessions, overnight
field trips, enrichment activities, guest volunteer lectures regarding life skills, material assistance for educational supplies and more.

We would also like to share some comments from program participants that speak for themselves:

One participant talked about a dedicated volunteer that meets with him on a weekly basis, “Yaron is not just a teacher of mathematics or English, he is a teacher of life. He teaches me about life and guides me in the right direction. I can’t describe in words the year I have had with him and I am now sure that I can succeed in life with his assistance.”

Another participant was asked to talk about what had changed since he began participating in the Star Program, “My attitude towards studies and people has changed. My will power, persistence, motivation and consideration of others have all increased. I know that a lot of this is due to the Ariela activities.”

One participant talked about her participation in after school math tutorials, “The math tutorials have helped me in school. I wasn’t good in mathematics and did not like the subject, but now that I understand more, I am improving. If I do not understand something in math class at school, I can now understand through the tutorial lessons.”

Another participant talked about her experiences at the self-empowerment workshop, “I learned to cooperate with others and not to be so shy...I learned a lot from all of these activities.”

“My participation in Star Program activities stops me from wandering on the streets after school ends. Now I finish school and continue directly to the Star Program activities,” said another participant.

Attached you will also find some pictures which we hope will illustrate some of the activities and great results we are achieving thanks to your kind help.

Sincerely and humbly,

Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation



Picture with Beza, blind Olympic athlete
Picture with Beza, blind Olympic athlete
Visit to Tel Aviv University
Visit to Tel Aviv University
Parents hear about their social rights
Parents hear about their social rights

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Jul 5, 2011

Maof Program Update - April-June 2011

Anat- our latest Maof Program participant
Anat- our latest Maof Program participant

                                                                                                                                           July 2011

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Maof Program for gifted students which is now assisting 18 Israeli youth of Ethiopian origin with great potential to excel. With your assistance, this program is helping to change and improve the lives of talented individuals that will become the future leaders and role models of Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.

Here are some examples of the latest achievements of program participants:

Nofar, a talented and charming 8th grade student, received an honorary recognition from her school where she completed the school year with a grade point average of 93.

Yair, a dedicated 8th grade student, showed remarkable progress at an advanced mathematics program at Bar Ilan University and completed the school year with an impressive grade point average of 95.

Negus, a young high school student and professional bicycle rider, has been accepted as a member of the Israeli National Youth Cycling Team. Within this framework he participated in April in an international competition in Turkey
where he reached 9th place. In June, Negus won first place in two local competitions that took place in Gilboa (Northern Israel).

Alamork, a fourth year film student at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, has just returned from a short film festival in Montreal, Canada where here short film “Gorky” was accepted for screening at the festival.

Hadas, a third year double major student of accounting and law at The College of Management Academic Studies, has just been accepted to a professional apprenticeship at a leading Israeli legal non-profit organization named “Tebeka.”

We are also proud of our latest program participant that has joined the program, Anat, a 25 year old student from the city of Hadera. This is how she describes herself and her professional ambitions; “I want to make my parents proud of me; I want to prove that their struggles were not in vain. It is very important to me to be a role model to the entire community, and to Ethiopian Jewry in particular.”

In September of 2011, Anat will begin her second year of studies at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Biotechnology. Out of a total of three siblings, she is the first member of her family that has gone on to academic studies.

Both ambitious and gentile she is very determined to succeed professionally. Her ultimate goal is to complete a doctorate degree and work in the local biotech industry. In her spare time Anat enjoys listening
to music and spending time with family and friends.

With the purpose of allowing her to fulfil her dreams  without unnecessary worries, Ariela provides Anat with funding for her on campus dormitory rent, assistance with purchasing educational supplies, ongoing one on one mentoring (both professional and social) and the facilitation of tutoring lessons as required for key academic subjects.

Throughout the 2nd Quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver tailor made assistance programs that included tutorial lessons, scientific workshops, scholarships, educational/professional guidance sessions, one on one professional mentoring, after school enrichment programs, financial assistance with dormitory costs, financial assistance with travel expenses, funding of educational supplies, funding of professional equipment, piano lessons  and more.

Attached you will also find some pictures of Maof Program participants whose lives you are helping to change with your kind donations.

 

Sincerely and humbly,

Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

Maof participants at a group activity
Maof participants at a group activity
Negus winning 1st place in a cycling competition
Negus winning 1st place in a cycling competition
Maof participants giving back to the community
Maof participants giving back to the community

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Apr 11, 2011

Star Program Quarterly Report (Jan - March 2011)

Tel Aviv - Jaffa Star Program Participants
Tel Aviv - Jaffa Star Program Participants

Dear Donors,

As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Star Program which now operates in two municipalities (Ness Tziona & Tel Aviv – Jaffa) with three groups. Through this program, you are helping to change and improve the lives of dozens of students.

Below is a partial summary of some of the activities delivered throughout January-March, 2011:

-163 small group tutorial lessons (in the subjects of English, mathematics and language skills) that contribute to the development of formal learning skills.

-37 Field orienteering workshops (together with our partners) that contribute to the development of personal and social skills, obtaining topographical knowledge of Israel, learning of positive values (outdoor survival skills, navigation skills etc.).

-15 Capoeira lessons that allow participants to learn the fighting/dancing art of Capoeira with implications on daily life, coping with different social situations, development of self-confidence & "I can do it" attitude, self-discipline and control, social interaction taking into account "the other side."

-12 sessions of self-empowerment group activities that contribute to the development of personal and inter-personal skills (group management capabilities, leadership, behavioral boundaries, general knowledge and more.)

-12 sessions of psycho drama workshops that contribute to the development of social and personal skills such as personal ambition, exposure to different professions, exposure to positive role models of inspiration, development of a “can do” attitude and more.

-5 parenting workshops for participants' parents designed to improve parental skills and overcome the generational gap between parents and children.

Other activities included: 

-Light drinks and sandwiches were served during Capoeira lessons and the field orienteering workshop activities.

-A second hand desktop computer was given to a student for learning purposes.

-11 students received one-on-one weekly sessions with graduate volunteers for tutorial lessons and mentoring.

-Several overnight field trips to different parts of the country.

Attached you will also find some pictures which we hope will illustrate some of the activities and great results we are achieving thanks to your kind help and attitude of caring.

Psycho drama workshop
Psycho drama workshop
Capoeira Lesson
Capoeira Lesson
Ness Tziona Star Program participants in the water
Ness Tziona Star Program participants in the water

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