A.H.A.V.A. - English Learned in a Natural Method

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: Mitspeh Yericho Israel

Mission: English Learned in a Natural Method,” is the only non-profit organization in Israel that provides English literacy skills to at-risk children and financial empowerment to low-income women. A.H.A.V.A. was founded in 2000 by Gaila Cohen Morrison, an educator with over 30 years of experience, and each year A.H.A.V.A. reaches over 500 children in the Jerusalem area with its unique English teaching method.
Geographic areas served: Jerusalem-area, Israel
Programs: After school literacy programs; Reading Rocks! - a new reader for early & struggling learners; annual Readathon; teacher training programs.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a teacher I get to see, first-hand, the impact A.H.A.V.A has on its students. Getting children excited about learning is rare now-a-days. Getting them excited about learning a language is nearly impossible and yet, A.H.A.V.A manages to do so in a fun-filled way. Children who can barely sing the ABC song are actually reading within a month. How amazing is that? From reading for charity with the annual Readathon to amazingly themed writing contests, these kids are learning skills in a language which is fundamental for succeeding in life. Remarkable!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own students as well as nieces and nephews who have gone through the program and have gained invaluable skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Train more teachers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned to love teaching. It's an amazing experience to see a child who's been struggling and finally 'get it' and succeed. It's those moments I cherish.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Teaching these kids feels like I'm guaranteeing their future. How much better can it get?

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Rating: 5 stars  

I helped set up the AHAVA website and attended to other computer needs of the organization. I found that the non-profit is run with very little waste. The CEO is extremely careful with the organization's funds, so that they will be used as much as possible to attain the non-profit's goals - increasing English literacy in school-age children - and not spent on overhead costs. I highly recommend this non-profit for its efficient use of resources.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been extremely impressed over the years at the amazing impact A.H.A.V.A. has had on the lives of its participants. It's is simply inspiring to see how children who are afraid to say "hello" in English at the beginning of the year are transformed into children who write and perform in a play in English at the end of the year! Thank you for your amazing work!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how talented and passionate the leadership is and how effective the program is.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enable tens of thousands of low-income Israeli children to gain the education they need to break out of poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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