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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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Students get free housing, in exchange for mentoring disadvantaged schoolchildren, and whole communities are transformed. 
Providing an alternative to the streets, children from distressed areas are taught a sport, a skill, discipline and self-confidence at the Skatepark. 
Handicapped children engage in horseback riding, dog training, animal therapy, help with homework and receive a hot lunch.
University students mentor 4th-6th grade children from socially disadvantaged families.  In exchange, the students receive a grant toward their studies. 
Children with behavioral disorders learn to interact with horses and other animals, thereby learning new ways of succeeding in their studies.
2-year enrichment course for promising youths from disadvantaged communities, in biology, physics, chemistry, marine science & ecology, as well as leadership life skills. 
Provides young children (1st to 3rd graders) arriving straight from school with a healthy lunch. 
Helping Israeli teenagers of Ethiopian descent face their identity crisis, a course in leadership, patriotism, Zionism and heritage, ends with a visit to Ethiopia.    
Teaching ethnic dancing to young Israeli children of Ethiopian descent, helps them connect with their heritage and customs. 
Children diagnosed with learning disabilities are instructed by specialized teachers offering strategies to help them cope. 
Professional training to develop young people's musical talents and strengthen their ‎connection to Israeli music culture. 
Afternoon center for 6-8 year olds offering help with homework in a structured environment, plus creative activities in art and drama.   
Nearly 300 English-speaking volunteer tutors help pupils with their English studies in elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide. The project in recommended by the Ministry of Education
Teenagers at risk receive professional help with homework along with afternoon social activities and army preparation. 
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. 
Adopting the Rishon Lezion afterschool center, ESRA Rishon Lezion funds Darbuka drumming lessons with a music specialist, and organizes parties for children at risk from distressed neighborhoods. 
At the afterschool center, ESRA provides young children at risk with weekly arts & crafts activities, birthday & holiday presents, and a yearly outing to the cinema. 
Disadvantaged children, youth and adults are taught computer skills, including Internet and Facebook. 
Students are trained to be Sderot ambassadors, participate in delegations abroad, and engage in debates, a model UN, and scientific programs. 
Afternoon care center for high-risk children provides a warm, safe and supportive environment, remedial teaching and enrichment programs. 
Provides the elderly or housebound with a friend, a listening ear, conversation, help with reading, shopping, etc. 
With the help of children and volunteers, food packages are distributed monthly to the needy and handicapped. 
Financial assistance is offered per request by needy families or individuals, based on our criteria and social worker report.
Adults receive professional support and consulting, face-to-face or by telephone, for a symbolic fee per session. 
A 'home away from home' for teenage girls at risk provides a safe after-school haven with a hot meal and the attentive ear of professionals.                           
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.
Handicapped young adults are given a social framework, reducing isolation and allowing development of social skills. 
English speaking adults facing difficult life situations receive free and confidential counseling.   
Direct financial assistance to Israeli breast cancer patients who are in active treatment and in economic distress 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.
Financial assistance to complete studies, from their 2nd year, is provided to students lacking a support network, based on criteria set by the fund. 
Students from ESRA’s Students Build a Community project, are awarded grants toward their tuition in exchange for their giving extra hours of tutoring and mentoring.        

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