Landscaping Absorption Centers with Ethiopian Immigrants

A KKL-JNF educational program called Green Dream had new Ethiopian immigrants working with KKL-JNF teams to make flower boxes,

April 22, 2015 08:10
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Ethiopian Immigrants. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

paint the bus stop and the walls of the buildings, and install picnic tables in their absorption centers.

A project for landscaping the absorption centers in Beit Alfa and Gilboa was organized jointly by KKL-JNF, the Jewish Agency, the Tarbut Movement and the immigrants from Ethiopia who live there. 

“Until we move to permanent housing, this is our home in Israel, so it is important for us that it be very pretty,” said 29-year-old Sandiu Dasta, who immigrated to Israel two years ago with her husband and their three children. “They explained to us all about environmental protection, but today we are doing it ourselves,” she said.

About 400 immigrants from Ethiopia, who have immigrated to Israel over the last four years, live in the Gilboa and Beit Alfa absorption centers. The absorption center serves as a home for immigrants during their initial years in Israel, a period in which they undergo a process of returning to Judaism and studying Hebrew, while the adults work in local industries and the children go to school.

“It is important for us that the center be pretty and well maintained so that it will be pleasant to live here and it will strengthen our connection to the place,” said Einat Maor, the Director of the Gilboa Absorption Center. “We want the immigrants to leave the absorption center with awareness about protecting the environment.”

This conservation project was organized as part of the Green Dream educational program implemented by KKL-JNF in absorption centers in northern Israel, which aims to raise environmental awareness. Similar project days have taken place in other absorption centers, some of them in Tzfat and in Haifa.

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