In the years since we have begun to create and support projects throughout the city in a wide variety of areas we have made a significant difference in the lives of the residents of the city. Our achievements include projects in Youth & Education, Community Services, Immigrant Absorption, Culture & Sport, Arab-Jewish Coexistence, and Urban Renewal and Beautification. We are proud to share some of our accomplishments with you.
Youth and Education
We believe that the youth are our future and that they need to be given every opportunity to succeed from the very youngest in pre-school who need a little extra help up to university students who may not have the funds to pay tuition. For young children we have built four learning and diagnostic centers to identify those preschool students with learning disabilities and providing them the extra support needed to succeed. We have funded five day care centers for children at risk in a variety of neighborhoods providing Haifa’s neediest youngsters with a warm second home and hot meals as well as cultural, educational and social activities and individual and family therapy. As these youngsters move on to school, the Haifa Foundation is there to provide library resource centers in schools and community centers with access to books, audio-visual and music corners, group reading activities, tutoring and Internet access. The Haifa Foundation has created 11 such centers across the city. One scholarship fund has made it possible for over 600 local students to receive higher education.
Since the start of mass immigration to Israel from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union in 1989, the Haifa Foundation has played a major role in assisting the city’s absorption of tens of thousands of newcomers. Amharic and Russian speaking immigrants and their children account for approximately 15% of Haifa’s current inhabitants. The Haifa Foundation has established a variety of neighborhood-based educational, community, cultural and coexistence projects made available through community centers, local schools, and daycare centers for children and the elderly.
The Haifa Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the weakest populations of the city including young women at risk, holocaust survivors, the elderly and the poor. We have created a “Warm House” for young women at risk where they can receive help with their homework, job training, a hot meal and some love and attention. Renovations to the rooms, public spaces and dining room of the hostel for holocaust survivors insure that these special residents of the city can live in respect in up to date surroundings. Two day centers for the elderly provide daily physical and occupational therapy, crafts and music workshops, and hot meals to 200 elderly a day and deliver an additional 720 meals daily. The clients that are served, in addition to being of a certain age, suffer from mobility issues, visual impairment, infirmities and Alzheimer’s disease. These centers give them a place to go that is safe and provides a social network as well as a security net to keep abreast health issues and of occurrences in their lives. A soup kitchen that we established insures that 150 Haifa residents in need are fed every day.
Culture & Sport
Every world class city needs to provide more for its residents than just the basic essentials. Culture and Sports are the food of the soul. The Haifa Foundation believes in the importance of these leisure activities for residents and visitors alike. Even the youngest residents of the city can benefit from exposure to art so we have established three kindergarten enrichment centers where the children can create their own works of art and enjoy productions for their age such as puppet shows, music listening corners and language activities. Six other cultural centers make music and other performing arts available to children, teens and adult residents. Sports centers provide a place for everyone to engage in athletic activities so that they can develop their bodies as well as their minds.
Urban Renewal and Beautification
With the small apartments in which most Israelis live, it is important to provide outdoor spaces for residents of Haifa to escape the confines of their homes. Parks create oases of green among the large building complexes and give residents a place to breathe fresh air and take in the sights of the city. The Haifa Foundation has built seven parks and gardens including the zoo, three scenic outlooks and a promenade, three green traffic circles, and hundreds of public benches for resting and enjoying the views. Children need areas to get out their excess energy and to develop physical strength. Ten playgrounds built by the Haifa Foundation give them a safe and pleasant place to do so.
Haifa is the most successful multi-cultural city in Israel and is a model for coexistence for the entire country and the world. One of our highest priorities is to foster positive interaction between the groups which will contribute to the overall peaceful atmosphere of the city. Three community centers in mixed neighborhoods give the upcoming and current leaders a chance to interact and create high quality programs together. The Arabic library and theater at the Arab Jewish Cultural, Community and Youth Center enable Arab residents of the city to enjoy the same investment in their culture as their Jewish peers. The many Jewish Arab youth programs are a framework for teens to engage in activities while also engaging with others from the other culture and form lasting friendships which benefit the city.
Without a doubt, the Haifa Foundation has changed the face of the city with its involvement in every facet of everyday life of the residents.