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Mar 12, 2012

Ariela Star Program Update - March 2012

Overnight field trip in the Negev Desert
Overnight field trip in the Negev Desert

                                                                                                                       March 2012

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Star Program which now operates in three separate municipalities (Ness Tziona, Tel Aviv – Jaffa and Gedera) where it is changing the lives of four groups of middle school and high school students of Ethiopian origin. Through your donations, you are helping to improve the lives of dozens of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 Throughout the first quarter of 2012, Ariela continued to deliver dozens of different activities within the framework of the Star Program including weekly after school science workshops, weekly field orienteering workshops, weekly small group tutorial lessons, weekly self-empowerment workshops, 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 giving back to the community activities.

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

Learning the basics of chemistry
Learning the basics of chemistry
Science & art afterschool workshops
Science & art afterschool workshops
Self-empowerment workshops
Self-empowerment workshops
Workshop on public speaking
Workshop on public speaking
Learning about structural engineering
Learning about structural engineering
Demonstrating for equal rights
Demonstrating for equal rights

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Dec 19, 2011

Star Program Update (Oct - Dec 2011)

Students on a field trip to Jerusalem
Students on a field trip to Jerusalem

                                                                                                                        December 2011

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Star Program which now operates in three separate municipalities (Ness Tziona, Tel Aviv – Jaffa and Gedera) where it is changing the lives of four groups of middle school and high school students of Ethiopian origin. Through your donations, you are helping to improve the lives of dozens of young Ethiopian Jews that will become role models for their community.

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver dozens of different activities within the framework of the Star Program including weekly after school science workshops, weekly field orienteering workshops, weekly small group tutorial lessons, weekly self-empowerment workshops, parenting workshops, light meals for participants, dozens of one on one tutoring/mentoring sessions, overnight fieldtrips, enrichment activities, guest volunteer lectures regarding life skills, material assistance for educational supplies and giving back to the community activities.

Some participants learnt the basics of structural architecture whilst others visited Jerusalem as a part of field trips where they learnt about team work, leadership values and decision making skills. Some reinforced their mathematics skills whilst others improved their self-discipline and personal confidence levels through Capoeria lessons. Several students improved their spoken English skills and others learnt how to deliver an oral presentation using PowerPoint skills.

The number of operational partners we work with continues to grow and now includes local municipalities, Conduit (a high tech company), the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature, the Hebrew University, the Acharai Organization, volunteer groups, middle schools, high schools and more.

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 Wishing Everyone Happy Holidays,

 

Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

 

Beginning of activities in the town of Gedera
Beginning of activities in the town of Gedera
Students learn to make Power Point presentations
Students learn to make Power Point presentations
Afterschool science workshop
Afterschool science workshop

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Sep 30, 2011

Star Program Quarterly Report (July- Sept 2011)

Participants receive new school backpacks/supplies
Participants receive new school backpacks/supplies

                                                                                                               October 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) where it is changing the lives of three groups of middle school and high school students of Ethiopian origin. We are very happy to announce that a fourth Star Program group is expected to begin activities in the municipality of Gedera in November. Through your donations, you are helping to improve the lives of dozens of young Ethiopian Jews that will become role models for their community.

Throughout the third quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver dozens of different activities within the framework of the Star Program including 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 fieldtrips, enrichment activities, guest volunteer lectures regarding life skills, material assistance for educational supplies and giving back to the community activities.

We would also like to share a quote from a program participant that tells the whole story:

One participant from Ness Tziona said, "Ariela for me means "You can also do it," we are told that if there is will and motivation, you can succeed. We learn a lot of new things about life; we meet new and different people. We receive assistance in our studies; I have never invested as much effort in my studies as I do now. In addition, Ariela is fun with enjoyable activities. Since joining Ariela, my attitude towards studying and people has changed. I respect others, learnt team work, cooperation, my self-confidence has increased…I've learnt to be honest with others, to help others, how to be a leader and to lead."

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.

Participants visit Tel Aviv University
Participants visit Tel Aviv University
Receiving Capoeira Belts
Receiving Capoeira Belts
Outstanding participant of the year, Tezazo
Outstanding participant of the year, Tezazo
English lessons throughout the summer vacation
English lessons throughout the summer vacation

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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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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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Project Leader

Doron Klein

Managing Director
Ness Tziona, Israel

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