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Strengthening Israel’s Periphery through Social Activism

Amongst the residents of the Negev and the Galilee, there are a large number of disadvantaged populations, disconnected from the economic, cultural and educational opportunities available in the centre of Israel. The growing socio-economic gap between the residents of the periphery and the centre of the country poses serious threats to its future.

Inspired by the pioneering spirit of Israel’s founders, The Ayalim Association, established in 2002 promotes the physical and social development of the Negev and the Galilee - regions designated as National Priority Areas. Over 700 idealistic young adults live in 15 Ayalim Student villages where they serve as agents of change for strengthening distressed areas, both in periphery towns and inner cities.

In return for housing and academic scholarships, each student volunteers 500 hours of community work a year, working mainly with children, as well as teenagers, new immigrants, the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

Using their skills and areas of expertise, they tailor their work to the specific needs of the community. They initiate social, cultural and educational projects such as renovating buildings, cleaning bomb shelters, running enrichment centres, providing assistance with homework and giving lessons in various subjects.

As they become attached to the communities where they are living, many Ayalim graduates choose to make their permanent homes in the Negev and the Galilee, where they can continue their social activism.

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