Newsletter 15 - July 2018

Summer 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 15         הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends, Alumni and Supporters, 
 
Wishing you a
fun & relaxing summer vacation!
 
 



Scholarship applications for the 2018-19
academic year
will be from  

Oct. 1st - Nov. 7th, 2018
Keren Hanan Aynor is launching a new " Give Back to the Community Education Fund". Our Alumni can now help support newer students through online monthly payments as they work towards a dream of receiving academic degrees.  Please join them by matching their donation.  Together we can provide  more students with the chance to study and become leaders in their community and Israeli society as a whole.
Moriah Zalka  
Making Change and Achieving My Dreams
My name is Moriah Zalka and I am 31 years old. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and African Studies from Tel Aviv University and I am currently a third-year law student at Tel Aviv University. I was born in Ethiopia in 1986 and in 1991, during Operation Solomon, I immigrated to Israel with my parents and nine siblings. When we arrived in Israel, we lived at an absorption center in Kiryat Shmona, and then moved to a trailer park in Haifa. As soon as it was possible, my parents decided to move to Lod, which is where my family still lives today.
Unfortunately, we lost my dear mother ten years ago to a fatal illness. It was a blow that hit our family like thunder on a sunny day. My mother was our family’s anchor and as such, we still have not recovered from her death. My father is now retired and my siblings and I need to take care of the household needs. Because I had no support from home, from the very first day that I began my academic studies, I had to work to pay for my education. There were times when I was working two jobs concurrently and still had to take loans to meet the steep cost of higher education. In addition, I did not find an external source of funding to help me pay for my degree so that I could invest my time in studying. Despite the difficulty of paying my way through university, I did not give up on the opportunity to acquire a significant education.
My academic studies helped me broaden my social reality and see it from a different perspective. One of the most important things I learned was not to judge reality according to its external appearance, and not to accept reality as is. Both as a woman and as a member of the Ethiopian Isreali community, it is important to me not to accept the current state of affairs. Rather, I strive to influence and change it – within myself, among those close to me and in society in general, to the extent of my ability. Over the years, I have volunteered and worked in Israeli society in various different settings, and I learned an important lesson – that every person has the ability to make a difference and change the circumstances of their life. No one needs to accept the reality dictated to them. Moreover, society cannot dictate a person’s choices; the right to make one’s own choices is a right that belongs to every person, not a kindness that has been bestowed upon them.
I was extremely happy to be accepted to intern at the Supreme Court, an achievement that to me is a dream come true. It proved to me that with hard work, anything is possible. To conclude, I would like to thank Keren Aynor for your generosity and commitment to our community. Your efforts truly warm the heart and bring a smile and ray of hope to the many students whom you support. I hope that you will continue this wonderful scholarship program and may you always be privileged to give to others.
 
 
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduation or other special occasion?  Consider giving the gift of education in honour of a relative or dear friend to a talented and highly motivated Ethiopian Israeli student.  
For just $84/month for twelve months, you can donate a scholarship to help support one student reach their dreams of achieving an academic degree! Contact  Amy at office@kerenaynor.org.il for more details or click now on the link below.
 
Summer 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 15 הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Summer 2018, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 15        הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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What Else is happening at Keren Hanan Aynor?

We would like to thank Mr. Itzhak Shelef for 15 years of volunteer service on the KHA Board.  Your undying commitment to Keren Aynor's vision and your advice  were greatly appreciated.

We would like to welcome Mr. Zeev Kaso and Professor Hagai Erlich  who recently  joined our Board.  Your extensive knowledge and experience will be an asset to our team.


 
Statistics
  • 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 1,700 students
  • In the past 5 years, over 95% of Keren Hanan Aynor students have successfully completed the academic year.
  • In the past 10 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has turned away an average of 51% of qualified applicants due to lack of funds.  
 
 
Seeking Volunteers
  • Website and Social Networking Help
  • Alumni Coordinator
  • Social Event Planning
  • Flexible hours with option to help us from home!
 
 
 
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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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 “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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