Hiyot (“Life” in Amharic), which was founded in 2001 by a small group of university educatedEthiopian Israeli women, is the only non-profit organization of the Ethiopian community in theHaifa area, and focuses on education and empowerment programs for children, youth and parents. Our vision is to see the Ethiopian community successfully integrated in all aspects of life in modern Israeli society.

Hiyot operates a network of youth outreach centers serving 350 Ethiopian Israeli youth at risk ages 13-18 in three of Haifa’s northern industrial suburbs: Kiryat Yam, Kiryat Bialik and Kiryat Motzkin. We also work with our youth’s parents, to empower them, provide parenting skills and strengthen their effectiveness at home and in their children’s schools.


  • A. Youth Centers
    • Excellence Program:
      New program to help talented children and youth reach their full potential with the help of professionals who serve as volunteer mentors.
    • Parents Empowerment:
      Hiyot’s Parental Empowerment Program provides an informative and culturally sensitive forum for Ethiopian Israeli parents to gain knowledge, skill and confidence that will strengthen their effectiveness at home, in their children’s schools and in Israeli society.
    • Youth Centers – General:
      Cultural and knowledge gaps often prevent Ethiopian teens’ adaptation to the Israeli education system and result in high ratios of school dropout and crime. The gap between youth and their parents due to language barriers, and the little acquaintance of parents with the Israeli school system, increase the risk of Ethiopians teens. In some places, free after-school time exposes them to crime, alcohol and drugs prevalent in their low-income neighborhoods. Our youth outreach centers serve 350 teenagers in three northern cities and provide a safe and positive environment for their free time that keeps them away from the streets. The centers offer a variety of activities, including TV, computers and Internet; football class and other courses and workshops; Jewish holidays; trips; summer activities; and activities with parents. Hiyot’s centers are located in Kiryat Yam, Kiryat Bialik and Kiryat Motzkin and are operated in partnership with the municipalities and with the Ethiopian National Project
  • B. After-school Program
    • Kiryat Bialik After-school Program:
      In Ethiopia, children in the villages usually play outdoors freely and safely until darkness, without their parents’ supervision. In Israel however, most Ethiopian-Israeli families who move to permanent housing for the first time, settle in low-income neighborhoods where the streets expose the children to dangers of crime, drugs and alcohol. These days hundreds of new immigrant families with young children settle in Kiryat Bialik, and therefore Hiyot initiated an after-school program for children ages 6-12, in cooperation with the Kiryat Bialik municipality and the Tzur Shalom community center. The after school program will provide 50 children with a hot meal, enrichment classes and homework assistance. It will operate five days a week, Sunday through Thursday, from 2:00PM to 8:00PM