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 the personal success story of Heleny, one of our participants of the Star Program activities in Jaffa.
Heleny, a 15 year old student at the Tzaitlin School in Tel Aviv, immigrated to Israel with her family in 2006 and currently lives in Jaffa as the oldest of three siblings. She provides great assistance to her family by fulfilling day to day chores at home. Heleny joined the Star Program in 2010 and receives assistance that includes tutorial lessons and personal mentoring. In addition, she takes part in a weekly field orienteering workshop and a weekly empowerment workshop which focuses on acquiring life skills.
She is a responsible and serious student that recently achieved a grade point average of 87 in the 2011-2012 school year. Since joining Ariela, there has been significant change in the way she addresses her studies and the way she perceives their relevance to a successful future. Heleny is a very significant and dominant participant within her Star Program group where her positive contribution is of importance to group dynamics. Her personality is outgoing, enjoys helping others and displays great confidence in public speaking.
Heleny believes in herself and wishes to pursue her dream of working in the film industry when she grows up. She currently takes part in a film workshop and also likes to dance and sing.
This is just one of the many lives your donations are helping to change.
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
Heleny at a field trip to the Negev(in the middle)