Project of the Month

These programs allow talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science. Talented 7th graders from all backgrounds of Israeli society in the lower socio-economic levels are chosen - programs run for 2 years.

'Bayit Cham' Clubhouse for Girls

Description of the Project : 

A clubhouse in Netanya creates a 'home away from home' in the afternoons for 13-17 year old girls at risk, offering a safe, warm environment of social and counselling activities.
How the Project Works : 

NETANYA: The center operates daily Sunday to Thursday from 12:30 – 18:30 throughout the year, staffed by professional social workers.
  • Hot lunches supplied by ESRA
  • Individual and group counselling
  • Lectures on a variety of topics
  • Assistance with homework (ESRA volunteers help with English homework)
  • Arts and Crafts, baking, games and other activities
  • Television and computers for use by girls

About the Participants : 

NETANYA:  40 teenage girls, mainly of Ethiopian origin.
The clubhouse is in the Nordau area - where ESRA also has a 'Students Build a Neighborhood Project', a 'Right Track Center' and a Sewing Center.

The Partners : 

The Municipality of Netanya - Welfare Department of Girls at Risk

Additional Information : 

Translation of Letter from The Netanya Municipality, Welfare Dept (Teenage Girls Division)
Subject:  Thank You for Your Participation in “Bayit Cham”.
We would like to thank you and express our appreciation for your participation in our Bayit Cham over the last several years and in several different areas.
First of all, we would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who come on a daily basis to help the girls with their English. The volunteers have improved the grades and motivated the girls of Bayit Cham to succeed.
We would also like to thank ESRA for the very important donation of hot lunches for these girls, which is the only hot meal they get all day.  
And we’d like to mention the special activities that were provided by ESRA over the past year, including kickboxing, a trip to the movies during the summer holidays, and more.
The highlight of the activities was inviting the girls to participate in the ESRA Netanya Crafts Fair in November where the girls prepared their own handiwork and were given a stand at the Fair to sell their wares.  The stall was a great success. The girls learnt the value of preparing and selling their own crafts, the value of their investment and respect for the money they earned.
It is very important for us to thank especially Esther Tolkin, the wonderful ESRA volunteer who works with us all the way through.
With great appreciation
Yaffa Cohen – Manager of the Service to Teenage Girls Department
Staff of Bayit Cham
Welfare Dept – Netanya Municipality.
The Costs : 

Professional Staff, Equipment, Meals and Administration.

NIS 100 pays for 8 meals for one week.
NIS 500 pays for art therapy for 1 girl for 3 months.
NIS 1000 supports an activity for all the girls for a month.
Participating in the Netanya Crafts Fair