Two of our Participants speaking at US summer camp
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 update we would like to share with you one of our success that involve one of our Maof Program participants, Etti.
At 24 years old and from the Southern city of Ashkelon, Etti is a Maof Program participant from 2011 that has always excelled in whatever she does. During her high school years, Etti studied piano and art but dream of becoming a doctor from an early age. As part of her compulsory military service, she served in one of the top intelligence units in the Israel Defense Forces.
Eventually, after long deliberation, Etti decided to pursue a career as a dentist. She was accepted to both the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem dental schools and decided to pursue her dream with the latter. She completed her first academic year of 2011-2012 with an excellent grade point average grade of 92.4.
During her first academic year and as part of "giving back to the community" activities required by Ariela from participants, Etti mentored a young Ariela student on a weekly basis and throughout the 2012-2013 academic year she is expected to mentor two younger Ariela students. She is a great example of a positive role model that allows others in her community to dream of greater things. During the 2012 summer break, she worked in a communications firm in an interesting position in the field of electronics.
Since many families of Ethiopian origin cannot always afford to support all of their children’s educational expenses, Etti currently receives from Ariela a scholarship that provides her with the peace of mind required for such a demanding field of studies. In addition, the Ariela assistance package includes professional guidance and ongoing mentoring. Her goals for next year are to start working in a dental clinic and by so doing to improve her professional skills.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.
Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors
Field trip to Tel Aviv University
Field trip to Northern Israel during summer break
Our outstanding cyclists enjoying a break