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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned in A.H.A.V.A as a kid. It was great, and taught me many basic skills that I needed but never learned in the regular school, as well as English, of course.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student in A.H.A.V.A for seven years, and they taught me all my English that I currently know. If it weren't for them I wouldn't know how to speak or write in English as I do now.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a bad memory. But I remember when I was in kindergarten I got homework that I absolutely LOVED! We had to type words on a list, that go through a slit on a printed typewriter (we were learning the letter T). in fact, I loved that homework so much that when I found the book a year later, I did my homework again... A.H.A.V.A. makes sure your kid learns in the best way possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting your child to speak English in a country where English is not the native language is no easy feat, but essential if they are going to go on to college or even just find a job that can pay the bills. I wanted my children to have the skills to get ahead in Israel. Using an innovative curriculum, molded through years of experience, A.H.A.V.A. has given my children such a solid base in English that I know they will be able to succeed in English. After years of complaining, the other day one of my sons turned around and said "Thanks, mom, for making sure I learn English." That makes everything worth it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is hard for me to choose what my role in the organization is. I started out as a student in AHAVA. I have no doubt that my English that I learned has given me a head start and enabled me to go to the one of the most prestigious universities and study whatever I would like to. As a university student I volunteered in AHAVA, and continue to support AHAVA monetarily as I have absolute confidence that every agora is going towards helping Israeli children of all backgrounds move forward in the world in the best way possible. I can testify to AHAVA's dedication to every child and student. AHAVA is making the world a better place by helping children- of all ages, even adults- help themselves and the world.

Debbie48

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been in the program for four years and despite living in Israel, she's reading at the appropriate level for her age. Not only is her level up to par, but her love of reading far exceeds what I could have asked for! We can't keep enough books on hand for her! And, my second child is in her second year of A.H.A.V.A. and she's well on her way too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 3 children learning in the program. I see the way they develope their oral and written skills in English although they speak Hebrew most of the time, and appreciate the teachers very much for what they do. Gaila - Well done!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have four kids who learned English with A.H.A.V.A.. The oldest one graduated the program two years ago and is doing very well at Junior high now. She is reading books at a high level with full comprehension and copes with writing assignments easily. Her improved writing skills which she had acquired in A.H.A.V.A's program are implemented on assignments in other languages as well(Hebrew). The younger three kids (ranging from 1st grade to 6th grade)are still in the program and enjoy it very much. The young graders learn through story and play. Their writing skills are reinforced with book tasks and exciting projects appropriate for each age group. For example, in first grade they write the "ME BOOK" in which they compose sentences about their own world and illustrate it themselves. This is a project which is proudly presented in the annual academic fair at the end of the school year.