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Education & Welfare Projects

 

ESRA runs a wide range of projects, from children's educational enrichment, to after school centers for youth at risk, clubs for the handicapped, scholarships, emergency funds, support for breast cancer patients, and so much more. The majority of ESRA funds are earmarked for education and welfare projects that have been proven to be successful. Our Projects Committee is headed by Nina Zuck, and Welfare Committee by Adele Hunter. Both are long-term ESRA volunteers working together with a small professional staff.

 

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A long-term project whereby students are provided housing in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and in return each student devotes a set number of weekly hours to tutoring and mentoring a group of local schoolchildren and becomes a social activist in the community.
Providing disadvantaged children a sport, a skill, discipline training and self-confidence. Following regular attendance, the children are gifted skateboard equipment at the end of the year. 
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, over 300 ESRA volunteers help schoolchildren in some 90 elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the country with their English studies.
A bi-annual course for high-potential youth from disadvantaged populations, providing educational enrichment in biology, physics, chemistry, marine science and ecology, along with life skills and leadership training.
Children with behavioral problems learn to communicate and acquire tools for success in school and life, through interacting with horses and other animals.
Therapy center for children with physical disabilities, through horseback riding, dog training and animal care.
Helping Israeli teenagers of Ethiopian descent face their identity crisis, a course in leadership, patriotism, Zionism and heritage, ends with a visit to Ethiopia.    
High school students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities learn strategies for coping with their learning difficulties.
Professional music instruction for disadvantaged youths to help develop their musical skills and strengthen their exposure to and connection with Israeli music culture.
Supporting the center by providing a warm and healthy meal for children.
  An after-school center offering assistance with homework and creative activities in art and drama.
An after-school center providing educational and social enrichment for youth at risk.
Early childhood experts  work in a kindergarten and concentrate on the children about to start school, helping prepare them for first grade and closing educational gaps. 
Children at risk enjoy weekly drumming, arts and crafts activities, birthday celebrations and special events.
University students mentor 4th-6th grade children at risk in exchange for scholarships.
Teaching computer skills, including Internet and social networks, to children, youth and adults in disadvantaged neighborhoods.   
Teaching ethnic dancing to young Israeli children of Ethiopian descent, helps them connect with their heritage and customs. 
At the afterschool center, ESRA provides young children at risk with weekly English lesson, arts & crafts activities, birthday & holiday presents, and a yearly outing to the cinema. 
This center provides a warm and supportive framework for children at risk, including a hot and healthy lunch, homework assistance, and remedial instruction and enrichment programs.
Mentally Challenged people are taught computer skills and Internet use, including social media such as Facebook.
Training students in scientific programs and teaching English in accordance with the UN model, in order to become ambassadors of Sderot in overseas missions and in debating competitions in Israel
Children at risk receive professional teaching of learning strategies in South Tel Aviv
Volunteers visit the elderly, helping them socially and culturally.
With the help of children and volunteers, food packages are distributed monthly to the needy and handicapped. 
Financial support is provided to families in times of crisis, subject to the Fund's criteria.
Individual meetings, at subsidized cost, for English speakers dealing with trauma and life's challenges. The service is also available by telephone.
A warm home-away-from-home for girls at risk, provides a safe haven during afterschool hours, including a hot lunch, emotional support by a professional therapist, and educational assistance.
ESRA volunteers work for the benefit of others in a social setting, knitting sweaters and scarves for needy children.
ESRA volunteers knit sweaters, scarves and gloves for the winter months for needy children throughout Israel.
Provide Ethiopian adults with sewing skills, including sewing machines, fabric, professional instruction, and a social venue.
A social framework for young people with disabilities aimed at reducing the loneliness of social isolation and allowing them to develop social skills.
English speakers coping with difficult situations, and cancer patients and their families, receive personal counseling at no cost. 
Direct financial assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing treatment and experiencing financial stress as a result of their illness.
Free consultation for Ethiopian immigrants by a member of their community helps them claim their rights and trains new Ethiopian volunteers to help.
Assistance for students, from their third year of studies, according to the Fund's criteria.
From their second year on the project, students can receive extra assistance in the form of a scholarship in return for additional weekly hours of volunteering in the community.
Financial aid for a student or researcher conducting research in English on some aspect of "Volunteering in Israel"

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