Newsletter 13 - January 2018

January 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 13         הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends, Alumni and Supporters, 
KHA, along with leaders in the Israeli Ethiopian community, has enabled many to pursue a higher and professional education. For the past 24 years,   Keren Hanan Aynor has provided over 3400 grants to bright and highly motivated students to successfully acquire an academic and professional degree. For our graduates, their degree is not merely a personal achievement; these talented individuals serve as role models for their own home communities and within general Israeli society as well. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our generous donors, caring individuals, families and foundations whose partnership and dedication help make dreams come true each and every day.

2017-8 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Keren Aynor is proud to share we recently celebrated our 24th Annual Scholarship Distribution Ceremony at Yad Ben Tzvi in  Jerusalem's pastoral Rehavia neighbourhood where we  awarded scholarships to 138 talented and motivated Ethiopian Israeli students in over 52 fields of study, several of which are new areas of study this year.  The evening was a huge success, complete with traditional Ethiopian delicacies, jazz musicians, Chanukah candle lighting, inspirational speeches from Dr Shalom Sharon, as well as from our Chairperson Tsega Melaku along with several awards and honourary designations.
The winter weather did not prevent us from savouring a warm and intimate environment filled with hope  for the future.
This, our 24th ceremony, was the second we celebrated without our matriarch and visionary leader Sarah Aynor (of blessed memory).  We will be sure that her legacy at that of her husband's, Hanan Aynor (of blessed memory) will live on within the light of each and every one of our incredibly optimistic and capable students and they strive towards future endeavours.

Some interesting facts about our students this year:
*49 men
*89 women

*43 single

*85 married
*10 single parents

*7 are studying vocational training
*6 certification studies
*87 Bachelors degrees
*32 Masters degrees
*3 PHD, post doc or other advanced degrees such as: Dentistry, Health Sciences Education, Law and Philosophy

We wish all of our students the best of luck in their studies in the coming year!
Over the past few decades, over 120 Keren Aynor  scholarship recipients have studied at the Kiryat ONO Academic College located in Central Israel.  This year, 12 of our students are currently studying at the College and we are pleased to continue this ongoing trend and success rate.

We look forward to additional partnerships in the future with Sappir Academic College in Southern Israel reaching the peripheral communities and our ongoing partnership with "Start Up Lhatzlacha" in Beer Sheva

Motivating future leaders in the Ethiopian Israeli community is a joint endeavour and a source of pride and inspiration!
“Our life stories form who we become in this world”
An Interview with Adi Harrari

Adi speaks quickly, enthusiastically and with a great deal of passion as she describes the intensity of her work and studies.  It is evident that she loves what she learns and is a driven and vibrant woman who lives her life to the fullest.

Adi is not particularly interested in discussing her early childhood.  She jumps right into present day and proudly proclaims she has begun her Master’s degree and is a wife and mother to three wonderful young daughters.  She pauses to give credit to her supportive husband and family for the ability to pursue her dreams and continue her studies.  She refers to Keren Aynor as the other significant support system, encouraging her and making certain she begins this second degree.

Adi’s social work career began in what she refers to as “a natural way”, as several of her siblings studied social work and she describes a yearning to have helped her ailing brother who she felt, did not have a supportive social worker on his case.  As such, her strong desire to be the kind of social worker she had wanted for her brother in his time of pain becomes a clear life goal.  Fueled by this passion and the guilt of her brother’s passing, Adi feels her brother’s death is a huge loss in her life.  She finishes her Bachelors of social work, but he has already passed.

She completed her practical studies at the Family Violence Alliance and there, is confronted with several challenging situations.  It is through her courage and intelligence that she is able to be “more than just a student” and really takes this role to a more mature and professional place.  Her work with battered women is both life changing and rewarding and becomes the basis for her research in the future when she begins writing her thesis as part of her Master’s degree at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

She describes the importance of bringing these issues and narratives to the public agenda and breaking down barriers for Ethiopian Israeli women in particular who face many challenges.

Adi mentions her Aliyah from Ethiopia briefly.  She was eight years old and recalls the living conditions in Mevaseret Zion just outside of Jerusalem where she and her family lived for five years before moving to Yavne. 
Her strongest memory is of her youth counsellor from that period named Adi, who unfortunately passes away and as such, Adi as a young woman takes on her name in memory of their close and bonded friendship.  “Our life stories form who we become in this world” she tells me.  It is clear from the shaking in her voice that she refers to her brother, as well as  this wonderful friendship she shared with Adi as she shares that eloquent and poignant notion with me. 

“I have an Amharic name as well”, she explains.  It’s Adanech, meaning ‘she has rescued them’.  As she explains the significance of her Amharic name, my mind wanders and it is so clear that this strong and intelligent woman is a beacon of light, of love and a rescuer of hurt souls. 

We, at Keren Aynor, are proud to support such a unique and charismatic woman and wish her luck in her research and the completion of her Master’s Degree in social work.


January 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 13 הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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January 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 13         הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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What's New at Keren Hanan Aynor?
We would like to thank Mr. Gad Nathan for 15 years of volunteer service on the KHA Board.  Your undying commitment to Keren Aynor's vision, your advice and expertise was greatly appreciated.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Pnina Agenyahu who joined our Board this month.  We look forward to your input and leadership skills.

Another welcome to Keren Moshe Chocron who has joined our staff as the student liaison.  We wish you much luck!

What Else is happening at Keren Hanan Aynor?
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  • Flexible hours with option to help us from home!
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  • According to the 2015 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Report, in 2014 there were 2,774 Ethiopian- Israelis enrolled in higher education as compared to 331,650 among the general population.  This represented 9% of the Ethiopian Israeli 20-29 population as compared to 24.7% of the general population.
  • The median age for an Ethiopian student studying for a first degree is slightly higher, 26.5, than among the general population at 25.5.
  • In the past 24 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has helped to close this education gap by distributing more than 3,400 scholarships and supporting more than 1,500 students
  • From 2012-2014, Keren Hanan Aynor supported 160 students among which 66% were raising families while pursuing their degree, and 16% of whom were single parents.
  • In the past 5 years, over 95% of Keren Hanan Aynor students have successfully completed the academic year.
  • In the past 7 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has turned away an average of 51% of qualified applicants due to lack of funds.  
 “If it were not for the scholarship which Keren Hanan Aynor provided me, I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of studying and completing a degree.  You convinced me that there are good people out there, and I promise you that I will always continue to study and to learn”
- Keren Wanda, Mother of 3, BA Social Work
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 “If it were not for the scholarship which Keren Hanan Aynor provided me, I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of studying and completing a degree.  You convinced me that there are good people out there, and I promise you that I will always continue to study and to learn”
- Keren Wanda, Mother of 3, BA Social Work

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