The Mikveh Israel boarding school and youth village launches a crowdsourcing campaign to raise NIS 75,000 to send 20 students of Ethiopian descent on a heritage trip to Ethiopia
By Korin Elbaz Alush (Ynetnews)
The Mikveh Israel boarding school and youth village has launched a fundraising campaign to send 20 students of Ethiopian descent on a heritage trip to Ethiopia, as well as locate the students’ relatives who remained in the African country.
“This is something I’ve never dared dreaming about, especially while being a high school student. This is a dream come true for me and for my family that stayed in a village in Ethiopia,” enthused Samuel Almiya, a student at the boarding school.
To get the journey underway, the students and the school launched a crowdsourcing campaign on the GiveBack website in order to raise NIS 75,000, which is half of the cost of the trip, with the school funding the other half.
The donors, like in every project of this sort, will receive a humble token of gratitude in line with the amount of their donation—from a thank-you letter, to an ATV tour of the Mikve Israel Agricultural School and a souvenir from Ethiopia.
Yosef Mersha, 17, immigrated to Israel in 2007 at the age of six with his mother and brother from the city of Gondar in Ethiopia. Yosef’s father remained in Gondar, and their only connection is through Facebook. “We write to each other a lot and the thought that maybe I’d get to meet him soon excites me,” he said.
Eighteen-year-old Yehuda Alfa emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel when he was six, leaving behind his grandmother and uncles. “I don’t have a lot of memories from that place, I only heard stories. But it’s important to me to see my family again,” he explained.
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