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Israel has many wonderful organizations that are hard at work brining about positive change and helping those in need. Yahel puts great emphasis on partnering with organizations that have the capacity to receive volunteers and can offer sustainable work projects that are truly helpful to host communities. We want our groups to have a real impact in the communities that will last beyond the groups’ departure.

 

FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS:

Friends by Nature - Community Empowerment

is a non-profit organization established in 2005 with the goal of strengthening and empowering Israeli-Ethiopian communities. The founders of “Friends by Nature” represent a diverse mix of Ethiopian-Israelis and veteran Israelis, both secular and religious. They all share the belief that the success of immigrant communities within Israel is directly linked to strengthening their sense of identity and the family unit in ways that are culturally sensitive and show a deep appreciation for the immigrants’ unique cultural background. At the core of the work is a unique model of community Gar’inim which are part of the larger community. These Gar’inim are groups of young families with similar educational and social values who decided to move together to marginalized neighborhoods in order to contribute and strengthen the communities from within.

 

Friends by Nature programs include academic assistance programs; work with at risk youth; community gardening; leadership development programs; community activities and more. Programs currently run in Gedera, Kiryat Gat, Be’er Sheva, Yavne, Beit Shemesh, Ashkelon, Rishon L’Tzion and Netivot.

 

www.friendsbynature.org


Horizons for the Future - Ofakim L'Atid

Horizons for the Future was founded to help support the Druze community in Israel for the benefit of both the Druze and the entire state of Israel. The Druze community currently suffers due to gaps in education, lack of strong, modern leadership and weak internal economics.

The organization’s goal is to help create a promising future for the Druze community and address the current identity crisis amongst the Druze regarding their relationship to the state of Israel. The organization wants to work from within to encourage Druze community members to feel a pride and connection to their heritage and history.

 

www.aphak.com

Mahapach-Taghir

is a Jewish–Arab, feminist, non-profit organization for social change established in 1999. The vision of Mahapach-Taghir is a just Israeli society with equal socio-economic and educational opportunities for all, and a strong democratic civil society. Mahapach-Taghir’s main goal is to minimize educational and social gaps in Israeli society. The organization's target groups are the local residents of seven socially and physically marginalized communities - with an emphasis on children, youth and women - and include Kiryat Shmona in the north and Sderot in the south, Kattamonim and Kiryat-Yovel neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Florentine neighborhood in Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and the Arabic towns Tamra and Yaffia. College and university students are an additional essential target group, and are a vital component in creating solidarity within the community and in promoting social change. As of today, some six-hundred children and their families, and some two-hundred students participate in activities within the different communities.

 

mahapach-taghir.org