Hod to Success Foundation works with Families of Ethiopian Descent
The Ethiopian community is the most socially and economically disadvantaged Jewish community in Israel. It is in urgent need of opportunities to achieve success and wellbeing. The Hod to Success Foundation has therefore focused its work and activities on families, in helping them acquire practical life skills.
Our activities include:
Individual mentoring sessions
The Foundation’s activities are centred on regular meetings with its volunteer-mentors.
These meetings aim to provide direction, decision-making skills, and serve to strengthen self-image. The meetings are also a forum to provide a sympathetic ear, an optimistic viewpoint, and encourage a strong conviction that things will improve. Emphasis is placed on a number of core values: education and knowledge, significant military service, and volunteering within the community to “give back”. Values and activities are adapted to reflect the different age groups and changing needs. It is important to note that sessions are held for the entire family, as well as for individual members. This enables the Foundation to focus on the specific needs of each individual family member.
Assistance in funding training and education
The Foundation’s core values are education, knowledge and training, which we see as being vital to achieving a good and independent life. Because of this, an important part of our activities includes the provision of financial aid and funding for further education at all levels – funds that are, for the most part, unavailable to the vast majority of the families we serve.
Funded educational activities include private tuition for primary and secondary pupils, professional courses, extra tuition for students, swimming lessons, driving lessons and more. We work in close cooperation with the children and their parents.
The Hod to Success Foundation assists in funding and providing emotional and mental help and support as a means to improving the quality of life for all family members, many of who often feel a sense of discrimination, rejection, and a victim of a vast social gap. Beyond the activities, the Foundation funds psychological counselling, alternative treatment programs, and meetings with professional counsellors (such as therapeutic horseback riding, career guidance and more).
Individual and group enrichment programs
Accumulating unique experiences is an extraordinary way to expand horizons and develop personal empowerment. The Foundation encourages family members to tour the country, develop hobbies and new areas of interest, expand their cultural exposure, and more.
In parallel, the Foundation organizes group activities for the entire family and the Foundation’s volunteers encourage integration and friendship.