Friends by Nature - Community Empowerment
Friends by Nature 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’s 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.