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Education and welfare projects

Education & Welfare Projects

ESRA, founded in 1979 as a non-profit, is Israel's largest English-speaking community, aiding the integration of olim while working toward equality in Israeli society. ESRA aims to help diminish educational and social gaps, especially in the socio-geographic periphery, focusing on education and excellence programs and enhancing personal and social skills in a safe and supportive environment. We also integrate English-speaking immigrants into these projects, helping them feel useful and contributing members of society, thereby serving our two significant aims.

Students Build a Community

A long-term project whereby students live rent-free in disadvantaged neighborhoods, they each mentor a group of local schoolchildren and enrich the community. Netanya, Akko, Rishon Lezion

Rationale

For children growing up in poor and distressed neighborhoods, role models of success are ‎hard to come by, sometimes making criminal behavior look like a tempting shortcut and ‎perpetuating the cycle of poverty and distress. Those who have the ability and foresight to ‎break out and seek higher education, lack the financial means to achieve it.
The program promotes social integration and community involvement for youths and their families while mentoring students who are provided with accommodation and study grants.

In addition, MA students mentor BA students in coping with studies while imparting leadership values and personal empowerment. MA students who have experienced some of the difficulties that BA students encounter, mentor the BA students, helping them overcome challenges.

Target Audience

University students and children from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Netanya: 31 students living in 13 apartments mentor 124 children from 3rd to 6th grades in 4 neighborhoods
Akko: 10 students living in 4 apartments mentor 40 students from 3rd-6th grades
Rishon Lezion: 7 students  living in 2 apartments mentor 28 students from 3rd-6th grades

Objectives

Children:

  • Personal and group social development
  • Educational reinforcement

Students:

  • Financial support to ensure graduation
  • Creating activists in Israeli society

Duration

A long term project, pupils: 3 -4 years, Students: 2-4 years, 2 hours twice a week plus community events and projects

Results

In 2020-2021, 136 pupils participated in the project, of which about 50% were in their second year in the project or more.
 90% of the pupils are persistent in the activity, feel a significant improvement in self-confidence and social skills.

100% of the students complete their degree, and 50% of them participate in the project for two years or more
 95% of the students feel that the project contributes to them socially and personally, they would like to continue to contribute to the community after the project too.

Location

Netanya, Akko, Rishon Lezion

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