Our focus is on empowering the women of the community, mostly through vocational training. We have just opened two English classes (beginners and advanced); we are reopening our Basic Computer Skills Workshop (very practical, we feel); a wonderful technician - a member of the community - will teach everything to do with cell phone repair. And we are definitely going to restart our Hebrew Language course, so essential for finding a job in Israel.
The Eritrean asylum seekers had had to flee their homeland. Their journey to Israel, through the Sudan and the Sinai, had been particularly traumatic. There are now approximately 30,000 asylum seekers in Israel who are granted no health care, no access to higher education, and who work for low wages and long hours. Women and single mothers in particular, have it especially difficult. Estimates from several years back are that there are around 300 Eritrean women in prostitution.
Providing language and vocational courses helps members of our community acquire new skill sets and increase their earning powers, thus making it possible for them to earn a stable income and become self-sufficient. We are all about helping members of the community - and especially the women and girls - become empowered, strong and prosperous.
The long term impact of our vocational and language courses is to equip our women with new skills and increase their earning powers. This would mean that in the long term a woman can be financially independent and support herself and her family without fear of sinking deeper into poverty or social isolation.