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