Project of the Month

ESRA Computer Centers provide free access to computers and innovative instruction in computer skills for underprivileged children, youth and adults helping to close the cultural and educational gap.

Neve ESRA After School care centre

Description of the Project : 

Neve (Oasis) is an aptly descriptive term for an afternoon care center for a group of 15 high-risk children in the city, who need to be kept out of the home but not entirely away from the family hearth. 

The underlying aim of Neve ESRA, which has a permanent staff of 3 adults, is to protect these children from potential and irreversible harm by providing them with a warm, secure and supportive environment.
How the Project Works : 

Neve ESRA is open 11½ months a year, 5 days a week from 1pm - 6pm.

Children receive a hot, nutritious meal at midday, alongside schoolwork assistance, remedial teaching and afternoon enrichment programs.

Once a week they have bi-lingual volunteers running fun activities in ‎English as a way of learning the language.  Now also includes an ‎Excellence Program where children attend institutions of higher learning;  Once a week kids are transported to a local ‎Ecological Farm and given ‎lunch. Hope to establish an outdoor recreation area.
About the Participants : 

15 children, aged between 9-11 years, hand-picked by a professional committee due to difficult conditions at home affecting his/her emotional and physical well-being.
The Partners : 

The Social Services Department of the Modi’in Municipality, in close cooperation with the education authorities.

Additional Information : 
ESRA Modi’in is indebted to the Galinson Advised Fund for their generous donation which enables a facilitator for the parent’s support group, evaluations and remedial teaching for all the children, furnishings in the Therapy Room, a new computer and a range of other items.

ESRA Modi’in sponsors ongoing needs such as enrichment programs, household items and gifts for the children. ESRA Modi’in initiated an English enrichment program where three professional English teacher volunteers regularly assist children with their English homework and promote spoken English through games and other activities.
The Costs : 

Midday meals, facilitator for parent support group, professional evaluations, remedial teaching, special ed teachers, transportation, enrichment activities, outings.