Negba – Network of Houses of Hope in Israel for Children At-Risk

About Negba: Giving Israel’s Children At-Risk a Fair Chance

Approximately 14% of all Israeli children have been identified by Israel’s welfare authorities as children at-risk.  They live below the poverty line, in environments rampant with unemployment, drugs, violence and prostitution. Victims of neglect or abuse, these children tend to fail in school because they possess learning difficulties and often struggle to fit in.

In 2006, a small group of concerned individuals set out to change this reality and established Negba, whose mission is to help children and youth from underprivileged homes develop their intellectual, social, emotional and cultural capacities to the same levels as those born into families with greater opportunities.  Intervening at as early age possible, Negba bridges classroom gaps through individualized academic tutoring, informal education, counseling, enrichment and cultural activities.  Negba’s after-school programs equip Israel’s children with skills to break free from the cycle of distress.  They are then prepared to build a better life through higher education or a vocational career following national service.

Negba’s flagship programs include after-school Homes for children aged 6-12 in Beersheva and Jerusalem, and Teen Clubs in Beersheva for youth aged 13 and up, which serve as daily havens for vulnerable youngsters where they are nurtured in a warm but disciplined family environment.  Other Negba programs include the Hadracha Training Initiative for the management and staff of welfare boarding institutions in Israel, a Summer Camp for children at-risk, and Integrated Clubs for Israel’s Negev Bedouin Children.

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