"I like coming to Beit Farah because I feel that I am loved, taken care of and invested in."
Number N, a smiling boy with curious eyes studying in the third grade.
N. has 7 brothers and sisters and the family faces severe financial difficulties.
His parents work several jobs from morning to evening and the children are usually alone at home. In addition to the lack of time, since the parents do not speak good Hebrew, N. and his brother have no one to help them with their homework. "Beit Farah" founded by the Farah organization,
is a community enrichment center An open and inviting space for children from complex backgrounds and it serves as a warm home for them after school, in the afternoons.
The children enjoy a hot meal, enrichment classes, homework preparation and special activities until seven in the evening. "My parents work hard so that we have money and they come home late in the evening. At Beit Farah, I especially like the drawing class and I look forward to it very much," says N.
"At the center, each child is treated individually, there are five mentors on each shift who give personal attention and believe in each and every one of them."
Says Alon Galron, CEO of Parah.
"There are seven Farah houses operating throughout the country - in Rehovot, Sderot, Ashdod, Nazareth, Nof HaGalil, Tamra and Karmiel, where we emphasize the social, emotional and educational issues in addition to developing primary skills such as hygiene, reading and writing, interpersonal skills, social skills and strengthening the sense of belonging. In addition, every mentor is a significant figure for the child and gives him an important personal example."
Significant activities take place every day, including art and craft classes, chess, sports and homework help.
In addition, there is a computer room where the children study and play.
And every day the children eat hot, delicious, fresh and varied food.
Beit Parah in Rehovot (photo: official website, photo: Dovrat Parah)
The project includes about 24,000 students each year
In recent months, hundreds of thousands of shekels have been invested in the renovation of five "flower houses" throughout the country - in Tamra, Nazareth, Rehovot, Ashdod and Sderot, and this summer more centers will be renovated.
Beti Farah is operated by the veteran Farah organization, which manages an exciting and successful national program for social impact involving thousands of students in the activity of mentoring children in need of academic and emotional help
. the potential inherent in them, to develop positive self-esteem and prosper. The project includes approximately 24,000 students each year, who mentor approximately 40,000 children and youth from the geographic and social periphery in Israel. Parah mentors and trainees come from all streams of Israeli society, Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, from Kiryat Shmona Eilat Board and the students receive, in exchange for their activity, a scholarship that helps them finance the tuition fees.
Flower houses also operate in neighborhoods in Arab society.
"They constitute a safe educational framework for our children that helps them deal with the difficult reality."
Says Rada, coordinator of Beit Farah in Tamra settlement.
"Dozens of children come to us every day, including on Shabbat, who say that they feel safe and protected with us and that they enjoy the baking, art, music, board games and computer classes. They cook together and are proud to eat the food they cooked themselves, which greatly contributes to their sense of competence and self-pride. "
Beit Parah for Nazareth (photo: official website, photo: Parah Spokesperson)
"All a child needs is one adult to believe in him"
Parah's mentors are students, whose scholarship they receive allows them to study at the university. Some of them were Parah trainees themselves.
This fact makes them feel a mission due to their childhood memory regarding the influence of mentors as those who influenced them and shaped their future, including the desire to study at university.
Sarah, a student who serves as a mentor says: "I realized that the mentee needed me, but I needed him more, to know the abilities I have to give to a person who needs help, love and support."
Tomer, who serves as a mentor in the project, also talks about the experience of mentoring and his personal contribution: "Our bond cannot be explained in words... When they look at me, they see an anchor and that is the key to our success" "All a child needs is one adult to believe in him" he
said Rabbi Shlomo Karlibach many years ago and our Bei Farah put into practice this important statement, summarizes and says Alon Galron, CEO of Farah.
Our tutors give the children attention, warmth, concern and personal care and serve as role models in order to help them realize the potential inherent in each and every one of them.
For most of us the word home means a place that protects us, teaches us and has everything we need.
Unfortunately, for many children the word "home" does not always include all these elements and therefore the "home" we give our children serves as a refuge for them where they feel loved and protected and that is all a child needs.
The student mentors are also paid for their activities in Farah. In addition to receiving a stipend of about half the tuition fee in return for their involvement in the project, the mentors get to experience a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from their contribution to society.
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