Update in April 2016: The center is up and running. Go here to read about the program as it is in place, to learn about some of the program’s participants, to read testimonials by volunteers and to donate to the project.
The Hartman Institute has established a Day Care and Learning Center in Tel Aviv for children of African refugees aged 3-6. The Center was launched in collaboration with the Elifelet organization, our hosts last summer, which cares for more than 600 children and infants.
Three- to six-year-olds are the age group that Elifelet professionals have identified as being at the greatest risk. These children are released from their day care environments at 1:30 every afternoon and have nowhere to go and no one to watch over or care for them, until their parents return home from work in the evening.
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Elifelet personnel oversee the professional staff and educational programming at the Hartman-sponsored Center. The Hartman Institute community provides the financial resources and the backbone of the Center’s volunteer infrastructure, which includes our high school and gap-year students, administrative staff, teaching and research faculty, and the parents of our students.
The center functions from 1:30–6:30 pm daily, and provides children with a safe, caring, and nurturing environment that will offer nutritious meals, counseling, basic learning skills classes, and a game center.
The cost of running the Center in the coming year is roughly $200,000, broken down in the following manner:
Rent and Utilities
Furnishings (Startup Cost)
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Donniel Hartman Yehuda Kurtzer Yossi Klein Halevi