Newsletter 28 - June 2020

Summer 2020 , KHA Newsletter- Vol. 28         הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends, Students and Alumni,

During these challenging times, Keren Hanan Aynor thanks you for your ongoing partnership and wishes you and your family a healthy and relaxing summer!
Our students are studying online and we continue to provide them with scholarships, guidance and accompaniment.  Many are now unemployed and they need our help more than ever!

Arnie Vered (Wegnesh), age 31, single + one daughter.

Vered is enthusiastic about sharing her experiences over the past few months.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is pursuing her Master’s in Health Systems Administration at the Max Stern Jezreel Valley College.
Vered chose this particular Master’s degree program following career advice from the center for young adults in Afula, where she resides. Initially, she hoped to study social work, however, due to her need to raise her young daughter, she decided to study closer to home and decided on public health instead. In conversation, she mentioned that a Master’s in Public Health could help her progress to an administrative position, either at the hospital or elsewhere.
As a nurse at the Orthopedics Unit of the hospital, she is responsible for the patient wing: orthopedic, bandaging and patient follow-up. Vered very much enjoys the field of patient care and nursing.
When COVID-19 first broke out, she was constantly checking the news and reading everything related to the pandemic, which made it difficult for her to communicate with those around her. As time went on, she realized that this was making it more difficult for her to cope with the situation. She was anxious about her position in terms of personal safety, yet felt an even greater sense of desire to assist her patients at such a crucial time. She decided to also dedicate her energy to spending time with her daughter. Vered notes that this was very good for her, and she was able to spend  quality time with her little girl. In addition, she believes that this period brought calmness into her life and strengthened her relationship with her daughter.
In terms of employment, she is working less than her usual hours. There are less patients at the unit and therefore less hours of work. She takes on the hours she does have with pride and conviction and of course empathy.
In terms of her studies, Vered notes that the transition to online learning has been quite challenging. The notes lack detail and the recordings of the classes are messy (and can’t be used as notes). The frontal interaction with the lecturer is also absent. In addition, the dependence on the college’s computer system has made things difficult for her.
She feels torn; for on the one hand, she feels like this profession could be even more significant in these complex times and on the other hand, is concerned about the smaller number of hours she is given to work. We salute Vered's optimism and dedication to her studies and profession as she faces the challenge of raising her daughter on her own.  Despite any difficulties which may arise, Vered is determined to make a better life for herself and her daughter and succeed in her Master's degree program. 
KHA’s help has given her piece of mind and support as she wades through these complexities. She is grateful for the continued generosity and guidance.
Scholarship applications for the 2020-21 academic year
will be from 
Oct. 18th - Nov. 10th, 2020
Summer 2020, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 28    הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Summer 2020, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 28      הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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A Special Note of Thanks!
We, at KHA, would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Weiss Family for their generous donation to our EMERGENCY Fund for students during COVID.  Your ongoing dedication is very much appreciated!
What's new at Keren Aynor?

*a new streamlined on line application system
  • 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 25 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has helped to close this education gap by distributing more than 3,900 scholarships and supporting more than 1,850 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.  
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- Keren Wanda, Mother of 3, BA Social Work
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