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.
Head of the Board of Directors
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