Gaila Cohen Morrison
Description of Organization:
A.H.A.V.A. promotes English Literacy in Israel, primarily in the Jerusalem area. They have after school classes teaching English for Hebrew and English speakers, teacher training seminars training teachers in our methodology, and they sponsor a Read-a-thons and Writing Contests and build libraries.
A.H.A.V.A. provides scholarships for families of a low socioeconomic level, because without a passing grade in the all-important English Matriculation Exams set by the government, children do not get their High School Diploma. Currently only about 55% of all Israeli students graduate High School.
Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Books, toys and/or school supplies can be collected for A.H.A.V.A. libraries – the drawback is that they also must find a way to get them to Israel. This is a good project if the family is coming to celebrate in Israel, and everyone can bring a bag of books.
As a better alternative, money can be raised to sponsor any of A.H.A.V.A. projects. A.H.A.V.A. can break down each project into parts that guests can “buy” in addition or in lieu of gifts for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child. For example if A.H.A.V.A. wanted to build a library, they could list books, plastic to cover, shelving, etc.. as gift opportunities. Pictures could be sent to be used as centerpieces or party favors.
Another option for Bnei Mitzva children is to buy the gifts directly and have them shipped to A.H.A.V.A. on AliExpress, Book Depository or any other sites where free/low cost shipping to Israel is possible.
Recently, Bnei Mitzvah have raised money to build A.H.A.V.A. a garden where participants read and wrote (in English) about environmental concerns. Another joined A.H.A.V.A.’s Read-a-thon, held a fundraiser for us, and collected books for our library.
Minimum Age to Volunteer:
Offer family volunteer opportunities?