The Jaffa Institute was established in 1982 as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist severely disadvantaged children and their families from the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Bet Shemesh in Israel. Their mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that develop children’s positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Their clients include; at-risk youth, Holocaust survivors and abused women.


The Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center provides educational, nutritional, recreational and therapeutic support to at-risk children and teenagers, 70% of whom are of Ethiopian descent. Maintaining a balance of children from Ethiopian families and those from other ethnic backgrounds avoids isolating the children and teenagers of Ethiopian descent and encourages their integration into Israeli society. The Center is open every weekday during the school year and operates a camp program during all school vacations.


Upon arrival the children receive a hot meal. For many of the children, this is their only full meal of the day. The children then spend one hour focused on academics, during which time they complete their homework, play educational games, and receive specialized instruction to bolster areas of weakness. Additionally, the children participate in a variety of enriching recreational activities. Children who display behavioural or emotional challenges receive therapeutic treatment from certified social workers and therapists.

While the Center currently serves 30 children, there remains a critical need within the community to assist additional children and teenagers and their families. The neighborhood in which the Center operates is one of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas in Israel, with 50% of the population living below the poverty line. 53% of the children in this area drop out of school before completing the 12th grade.

The money being raised is helping to expand programs to help marginalized teenagers at Jaffa Daled to enjoy the full benefit of the Jaffa Daled Enrichment Programs. In the after-school and early evening hours, the Center will house new educational enrichment groups designed to meet the needs of teenagers who have been involved in dangerous situations as a result of their troubled backgrounds. The staff will provide these youth with emotional support and tools to cope with the challenges of adolescence.

Later in the evening, the Center will host parents from the community, including the parents of children in our care. During these sessions, the parents will receive a supportive framework and tools to empower them to improve their relationships and communication with their children.