Friends of Yemin Orde
Friends of Yemin Orde is the U.S. fundraising arm of Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives, which are both located in Israel. The organization was founded in 1991 and raises funds for these endeavors throughout the United States. Programs and activities supported by Friends of Yemin Orde benefit the children of Yemin Orde, a youth village located in Israel. The youth served are from Ethiopia, Former Soviet Union, France and Brazil; many teens at the Village were born in Israel, too. For many children at the Village, Yemin Orde serves as their only home in Israel. The Village remains open 24/7, 365 days a year in order to provide a stable community.
IsraElite Young Women’s Leadership Program for Immigrant Youth: The IsraElite Young Women’s Leadership Program for Immigrant Youth (Mechina) is a gap-year program focused on empowering young women from immigrant backgrounds, particularly Ethiopian Israelis, to break out of the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient contributing members of society. The program helps participants improve their sense of self-worth and develop a strong personal identity with a sense of communal responsibility that deepens their connection to Israeli society and the Jewish people.