Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps

 
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Feb 3, 2014

Activity Report

Technology and Innovations Workshops
Technology and Innovations Workshops

Dear Supporters and Friends,

I am pleased to submit before you the  activity report for the  project:   Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps.

First, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for standing by us, enabling us to continue working in order to promote excellence among young people of Ethiopian origin in Israel.

The report attached herein gives an update on recently launched workshops, unique empowerment activities, and information on cooperation with major corporations with our program

Thank you so much  for your contribution.

The Ariela Foundation's Star program is an intensive and continuous holistic program  that serves as a guiding body and  framework for personal growth,and academic and social processes.  The main goals for every studentincludes exposure and enrichment, developing tools and skills to succeedin life, conclude a quality high school diploma, completing significant military service and academic studies.  The following are updates and details concerning the main activities that have been carried out since our last report

Strengthening Meetings with the Coordinator

In this quarter as well, we have continued in holding strengthening workshops led by the educational coordinators according to the annual structured work plan dealing with moral and very important topics.   

 Here are some of the many activities that were held:

Strengthening meeting on the subject of breaking through:

in this activity, the participants learned how to cope with emotional blocks and  the elements that impede their progress. The students received tools for becoming more familiar with the strengths hidden within them  and how to use these strengths for change and personal growth.  During this meeting, the participants watched inspiring  video documentaries:  for example various handicapped people told about their difficulties and how, in spite of these challenges and against all odds, they made the impossible happen and reached  amazing and inspirational achievements.

Strengthening meeting on the subject on time planning and management:

In this activity, the students discussed with the coordinator the importance of time and its significance. They learned through activity and games that time has a large influences on our lives and that it is better to know how to use  it correctly and more effectively while acquiring practical tools  to do so.  The children were even asked to try their hand at  expressing positions on a high intellectual level during the discussion  by answering material and existential questions concerning the essence of life.

Quotes from the students: "this video of the man without arms and legs taught me that nothing can stop desire, and that I give up sometimes too fast and that is not OK”.

Tutoring and Mentoring Meetings  in Partnership Cooperation  with "ELOP"& “SAMSUNG” Company’s

Sharing a belief for takingsignificant action, ELOP and Samsung Israel opened their gates to the foundation's students and provided volunteers to be at their disposal.  These volunteers provide priceless individual tutoring and mentoring.At ELOP:  Star GaderastudentsGroupmeet every week in the company's offices located in the Nes-Ziona Science park.  Every student has a personal tutor that accompanies them throughout the entire year with the goal to create the best personal relationship possible, to advance them educationally  and assist them in acquiring additional skills, such as: study habits, organization, time management, and more.At Samsung: Star Tel Aviv students Group meet every week in the company's offices located in the Diamond Exchange District in Ramat Gan. The company subsidizes the transportation and provides a hot and nutritious lunch the students enjoy.  In the last quarter, 35 volunteer hours were recorded, which included additional study hours and assistance with homework.

A student: "It was worth it to come to Samsung today and sit together with the other employees for a lecture – it was a really good lecture and also the way it was presented and everything he  spoke about was very inspiring".

A student: "Wow, he is so nice and caring, he never lets me get away with anything! Even if it is hard for me, he doesn't let me go on until I solve the exercise".  Another student added "In the beginning it was hard for me with my tutor because he didn't explain things to me properly, but he understood and since then he really helps me."

Technology and Innovations Workshops

In partnership with the Appleseeds Academy, we began activity for promoting the field of technology among the program's students.The goal of the activities is to introduce the students to the digital and innovative world of technology - with all its facets, broadening their horizons and enriching them with topics of thought and the development of technological initiatives.  

Furthermore, the activity deals with providing tools, skills and techniques for the development and marketing of technological initiatives including actual support in all stages of its production: thought, planning, management, marketing, production and its contribution to various organizations.  In addition, during the course the students are exposed to inspiring technological lectures and tours at companies such as Microsoft, Google and WIX - that recently held a lecture given by a company employee that dealt with planning, designing and building an Internet website.

For completion of this report, we would like you to get to Know Our Educational Coordinators:

 Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator -  Nes-Zionaand Gadera Group

Riki has gained rich professional experience in working with youth in various programs,

such as the ELEM (Helping Youth in Distress) Foundation and during her military service as a soldier-teacher. She holds a bachelor‘s degree in Behavioral Science from Ariel University along with instructor certificates for teaching art and computer graphics.

Riki is deeply familiar with the world of teenage Ethiopian immigrants which allows her to approach counseling with wisdom and sensitivity.

Josh Malada- Educational Coordinator-Tel Aviv-Jaffa Group

Josh is a graduate of Media and Management in the Academic track at the College of Management in RishonLezion. Josh's background is communication, media and advertisement, and he brings his experience fromcommunity and social work. The desire to change the social reality is whatbrought him to us; in the past Josh worked in a number of social programs with teenagers and youth in Israel and the USA, among them the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews and the Jewish Agency.

Once again thank you for your support!

Thanks to you we can  continue working determinedly on changing the lives of Ethiopian immigrants, their families, the community, and society at large.

 

 

 

Team Building Hike
Team Building Hike
Josh   with the group
Josh with the group
Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator
Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator
Technology and Innovations Workshops 1
Technology and Innovations Workshops 1
Strengthening Meetings
Strengthening Meetings

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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

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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May 6, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update-Jan-Mar 2013

Parenting Workshops
Parenting Workshops

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 January-March 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 quotes from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

 “I learnt from Barano (a role model journalist of Ethiopian origin) that if you want to succeed in life, you must make an effort today, especially in my studies.”

 “I want to improve my grades in English”, “I want to understand better what I want to do in life,” and “I expect to make more friends.”

 “I want to take part in an interesting and useful volunteering activity, for example, involving groups with special needs…”

 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

Meeting with role model MP Shimon Solomon
Meeting with role model MP Shimon Solomon
First activity for new group of students in Jaffa
First activity for new group of students in Jaffa
Journalism workshop
Journalism workshop

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Feb 10, 2013

Ariela Foundation Update - February 2013

Horse riding lessons as enrichment activities
Horse riding lessons as enrichment activities

                                                                                                                         February 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 September-December 2012 included workshops to develop personal and social skills, workshops to increase inclination towards academic studies and to create awareness about future plans, workshops about Israeli society + developing/strengthening self-identity, a robotics workshop, a two week long family roots trip to Ethiopia for five participants, a visit to a horse riding stable, one on one personal mentoring and personal tutorial lessons.

 We are also thrilled to announce that in cooperation with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Jaffa Center for Leadership and the Buchman Heyman Foundation, we are about to open a new Star Program group in Jaffa. An introductory evening was held in December for candidates and their parents. We are finalizing the candidate selection process and activities are expected to begin in February.

 We would also like to share a few quotes from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

“I am really happy to meet Ethiopian role models who have succeeded; it proves that it is possible to succeed in life.”

 “We went through a life changing experience that taught us where we are from and where we are heading in Israeli society, where we represent an inseparable part.”

 “From the meeting with university students I learnt how important it is to invest in your studies today and not waste time in the future by trying to improve old high school grades.”

 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

Robotics workshop
Robotics workshop
Family roots trip to Ethiopia
Family roots trip to Ethiopia
Robotics workshop
Robotics workshop
Family roots trip to Ethiopia - saying goodbye
Family roots trip to Ethiopia - saying goodbye

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Doron Klein

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Ness Tziona, Israel

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