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

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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

16 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

Karen93

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took their training course to teach. Great model of teaching! Incredible impact on students and their language skills and consequently their self esteem and lives. English is such an important skill in the workplace and world and this organization is doing a tremendous job in imparting these skills. Keep up the good work!

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Mimi F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AHAVA does great work with children and teaching them to enjoy reading and promoting English literacy among our Israeli children. English is the universal language for communication as well as for higher education in our Israeli universities and this program makes it easy and enjoyable for kids to learn the language. English opens up doors and opportunities for our children and A.H.A.V.A. gives them the opprotunity to learn in a nurturing and relaxed atmosphere giving them the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.

Leah E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see these kids grow and change in the program. I read a story to 3 kids in the program. When my turn was done they all read me a story in english and most importantly they understood what they read to me.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A.H.A.V.A. is an organization that I founded to help promote English Literacy in Israel. Too often children do not get the necessary English within the school system in order to be able to go on towards higher education. Our goal is to ensure that if a child wants to learn English they will be able to, even if he has learning difficulties, lives in the periphery, or his parents have financial limitations. It gives me great satisfaction to watch a child develop her English DESPITE all the stumbling blocks in her path. We now have students who started with us in Kindergarten and are at the top of their class in Junior High. I look forward to watching them graduate University as our top chemists, engineers, doctors, sociologists, psychologists, etc.... They are the future of our country, our future Nobel Prize winners. A.H.A.V.A. is only limited by our donations as to how many children we can reach. Supporting A.H.A.V.A. is supporting Israel's future!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Not enough stars for me to fill!!! The school is recommencding Ritalin for my kids and yet at A.H.A.V.A. my children are reading and writing English in just one year.Both the course and teaching has been excellent but its the confidence in the children which has been great to see,where the school system has let them down A.H.A.V.A has shown them what they can achieve when education works.A gift for life.Cant recommend it enough. Rosalie Maman

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!