Opportunities in Israel: Ethiopian
Challenge Grant for Ethiopian Israeli Youth
The Challenge Grant for Ethiopian Israeli Youth is e powerful venture
partnership of The Ethiopian National Project (ENP), ATIDIM, United
of North America, It will provide comprehensive intervention for
the top one-third of Ethiopian junior and high school students
and Youth Aliyah villages, to keep these teens in school and help
them competitively complete the university entrance exams (Bagrut).
These are the youngsters that have the academic potential—and
with our help, can progress to higher education.
National Project (ENP) Project SPACE
The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) has launched Project SPACE‹Schooling
Priorities and Community Empowerment ‹to boost the number of Ethiopian
immigrant students who stay in school and pass Israel¹s university entrance
exams. Targeting 4,500 students (2,500 in junior high and 2,000 in high school),
SPACE offers an integrated, comprehensive approach to key educational imperatives:
reducing dropout rates; instilling the importance of higher education; accelerating
the number of students who prepare for and pass Israel¹s matriculation exams;
increasing parental involvement; and strengthening the connection between students
and their heritage and Ethiopian culture
A Guiding Hand: Employment Program for Ethiopian Immigrants
This project is designed to move new immigrants from Ethiopia
into gainful employment through personal assistance, both
after their placement. Hebrew classes, practical vocational
training and assistance in finding work, as well as on-the-job
guidance are all part of the program.
New Immigrants - the Initial Absorption Experience
New immigrants from Ethiopia have not only to deal with the absorption
issues facing all new immigrants, but also face tremendous
social and cultural gaps. The initial stay in an absorption center
designed to help bridge those gaps.
Aboard: Bus and Truck Driver Training Program
This program trains new immigrants from Ethiopia to work as bus
and truck drivers, a profession which requires lengthy
training and licensing and which, a result, is of relatively
Village for Ethiopian Immigrants
This program will create an industrial village for Ethiopian
artisians, and will replace an absorption center experience.
Big Brothers and Sisters
Identifying Ethiopian students who have been in Israel for
extended periods and have successfully integrated into
yet understand the culture and mentality of the younger
is at the beginning of the absorption process) will
be sought to serve as role models and “Big Brothers and Sisters”.
Bridges to Jerusalem, targets 13-18 year-old Ethiopian youth
living in development towns in Israel and teaches
them the historical significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish
people and the role that
Zionism has played. It also offers seminars that
contribution of the Ethiopian community to Jewish
history and Jewish life,
each person’s unique role.
Treatment of Ethiopian Girls at Risk
rather than project-based intervention, linking municipal and
government services, creating community-wide
agreement for the benefit of Ethiopian girls at risk who have
of the education system.
Home in the Homeland”: Kibbutz Absorption Program
This program successfully provides new immigrants – both parents and
children – with a “soft landing” and every opportunity to
settle down well by enabling new immigrants to spend their first few months
in Israel in the supportive environment of a kibbutz. There,immigrants combine
an ulpan program with vocational training and/or work in one of the kibbutz’s
service branches or factories. A special version of the program has been created
for young Ethiopian immigrants.
Rung on the Ladder: Employment Program for Women Immigrants
Ethiopia and Bukhara
For immigrant women, going out to work enhances
their self-image and enables them to raise their
standard of living. And yet many immigrant women
from Ethiopia and
experience of working outside the home. This
program aims to integrate such women into the
by helping them
social norms, assisting them in finding jobs,
strengthening their entrepreneurial abilities
and providing on-the-job
al Hafuch” - The Meeting Place for Young Immigrants
In many cases young Ethiopians are alienated from other young immigrants and
Israelis and have no sources of information or places where they can meet and
get help before their situation deteriorates. The “Hafuch al Hafuch” centers
provide them with such a place.
Hand in Hand- Netanya
Hand in Hand is a program of informal educational, recreational
and leisure time activities developed by the
Center in order to integrate 13-18 year-old immigrant Ethiopian
youth living in the
Nordia Youth Center and their veteran Israeli
peers. Programming will be conducted one afternoon a week at the
Nordia facility for
30 youth from the Center and 30 veteran Israeli
youth from Netanya. Project activities will provide the context
for friendships and
enable the youths to learn about each other
and enjoy joint experiences.
Advancement Program for Immigrants from Ethiopia
In order to prepare new immigrants from Ethiopia to get good
jobs and earn a decent living, this year-long absorption program
Ethiopian immigrants aged 20-25 to adjust
to their new life in Israel. The program gives them the skills
and tools to go on to
college or to learn a trade.
(Experiential, Developmental Contact) in the Negev
The adaptation of Ethiopian immigrant children to Israeli society
and culture is often marked by difficulties.
Many children require special assistance to improve and strengthen
their emotional development.
4. There is a need to intervene and encourage
the 15 and 16 year olds from the city and kibbutz to contribute
by serving as mentors
and big brothers/sisters to the Ethiopians.
Such meetings will be beneficial to all participants, by improving
their social skills.
Path to the
Path to the Future provides a means of promoting integration
among immigrant youth and their peers and encouraging native-born
to appreciate the customs and traditions
of the young immigrants. The project operates in the Amakim-Tabor
in the Jezreel Valley, and involves a
traveling bicycle riding group in which Ethiopian and native-born
Israelis explore the Jezreel
Valley, participate in competitive riding
events and undertake environmental missions. Students also receive
at Amakim-Tabor in order to narrow the
for Students who have Immigrated from Ethiopia
In this modern day and age much focus is put on computer literacy.
The computer has become a major source
of information, means of education, communication and an asset
when looking for a job.This
project would help provide Ethiopian
students who are studying computers with a PC.
from the Start: Preschool Education for Ethiopian Children
The challenges facing all new immigrants – but especially
those from Ethiopia – can at
times seem insurmountable. Young
have the best
chance at full, successful
integration, and ultimately serve
as a bridge between the traditional
culture. But to realize
their potential, it is essential
to ensure from the start that they
have access to the educational resources
that will put them on an equal
footing with their Israeli peers.
project provides high-quality staff
young Ethiopian children
attending pre-school in the absorption
for Ethiopian Students
Special five-year Student Authority scholarships, jointly provided by JAFI and
the government of Israel, give Ethiopian students the opportunity to overcome
educational, economic and social gaps and to pursue advanced studies at dozens
of universities and other schools of higher education. Over 50% of the recipients
are young women.
for Leadership Development Among Ethiopian Immigrants
The Jewish Agency is heavily involved in the absorption of
Ethiopian immigrants. The immigrants come
from different regions and are integrated into life in various
absorption frameworks. This program
is designed to empower leadership
among immigrants in absorption frameworks.
The 100 14-16 year-old Ethiopian scouts participating in the
program come from towns all over
Israel with large immigrant communities.
They receive leadership training
that does not compromise their cultural identity, and are
afforded typical Israeli
cultural experiences. This, in turn,
to pride for who they are,
a feeling of belonging
to Israeli society and, it is
put an end to the “needy
immigrant outsider” stereotype.
Sparks of Science:
Technology Enrichment Program for Ethiopian Students
This program encourages high school students of Ethiopian origin
to study science and engineering
at university. The program includes weekly activities held in
university laboratories, as well as weekly
tutorials held in the hometowns
of participants, led by local graduate students. The program
also includes social activities for the whole
group, and for their families,
as well as a science-focused summer camp. The program is already
operating under the auspices of the
Technion in Haifa and the Weizmann
Institute in Rehovot. It is currently being extended to the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem,
Tel Aviv University and Ben
Gurion University of the Negev.
Assistance for Ethiopian New Immigrants at Jewish Agency Absorption
The Jewish Agency Absorption Centers and their staff are the
first home for Ethiopian new immigrants in Israel. It is in this
that the immigrants encounter
their first absorption problems, and the significant gap between
cultures. It would be extremely
helpful to be able to provide
for the most pressing needs of these people that include medical
care, education and enrichment. This
project will help to meet
some of these needs for which neither the government nor the
Jewish Agency is funding.
Empowerment Program for Ethiopian Men and Women
This program helps Ethiopian-born men and women understand the
norms of Israeli society,
guides them in negotiating the changing roles within their own
family, encourages them to go out to work
and supports them in finding
a job. Participants in the program may partake in a professional
retraining course, may participate
in a series of workshops
and/or participate in an extensive Hebrew ulpan.
Step Inside: Housing Advisers for Ethiopian Olim
In the past, Ethiopian families have encountered numerous difficulties
in traversing the Israeli
housing market. Buying a home can be a confusing process,
and a misstep can have immediate and long-term
impact on a family’s
This project engages
to provide crucial support
and assistance to Ethiopian
throughout the entire
and preparation of single-parent families from Ethiopia for Independent
In the Nahariya Absorption Center there are single-parent immigrant
families from Ethiopia.
During the first year of their absorption they subsist from the
absorption basket as is customary. From the
second year of their
absorption the women have to earn a living (if their children are
over the age of 7).