The Ariela Foundation works to close the social, educational and economic gaps between the Ethiopian community in Israel and their fellow Israelis. Since 2008, the organization has worked to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. Ariela’s tailored programs help Ethiopian youth “dream big” and provides them with the psycho-social and educational support they require to actualize their fullest potentials.
Ariela’s participants are the top 20% of Ethiopian students from middle and high schools in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ness Tziona and Gedera, as well as those who are gifted in a particular area ranging from mechanical engineering to painting and beyond. Ariela participants are expected to “pay it forward” – to become outstanding citizens with high moral values who will contribute to society and serve as positive role models. By focusing on the individual, Ariela hopes to create a ripple effect that will bring about change within Israel’s Ethiopian families, the greater communities and throughout Israeli society at large.
The Ariela Foundation is named in memory of Ariela Batia Goldberg (z”l), the daughter of Ivonne and Daniel Goldberg. At the age of 19 months, Ariela died in a tragic accident in Los Angeles, California.
To learn more about Ariela, visit their official website.