Mission: Ofanim’s mission is to reduce social and economic gaps in Israel by using mobile classrooms to deliver high-quality supplemental education to every child in Israel’s periphery.
Results: At present, Ofanim educators provide over 50 weekly activities in 60 communities, reaching 1,600 children per week and providing over 45,000 hours of supplemental education per year to children who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to learn. In most cases, Ofanim is the only social and developmental resource available to these children, outside of school, which may be several towns away.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 8 mobile labs, 60 moshavim, 1,600 kids
Geographic areas served: Small, weak and remote villages (moshavim) along Israel's northern and southern periphery
Programs: In furtherance of friends of ofanim's exempt purpose of providing educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children and others, friends of ofanim makes grants to ofanim, a non-profit educational organization in israel, to pay specified expenses approved by friends of ofanim's board of directors. Expenses funded by grants from friends of ofanim include the cost of retrofitting used buses into mobile classrooms and employing staff that deliver supplemental educational instruction to approximately 1,000 students living in underserved and remote neighborhoods in israel's farthest peripheries. Programs include robotics, math, science, computers, and a young doctors program. Continued on schedule o. Friends of ofanim also made grants to pay for mentoring services provided by some of israel's elite university and graduate level student instructors. Friends of ofanim also made grants to pay costs of ofanim's summer enrichment activities reaching approximately 400 students, and providing them with field trips to museums, corporate offices, and elite institutions of learning.
I am honored to be the board chair of Friends of Ofanim and partner with my Israeli "brother" Haim Dahan and Israel’s leading business people on this innovative project. When you consider the situation in Israel's periphery, and how these kids need more resources for education, Haim's idea is really quite brilliant. If the solution requires you to think differently, you change the paradigm. Ofanim is that game changer. Mobile labs drive the best education Israel has to offer right to its poorest communities.
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As the first full-time Director for Friends of Ofanim, it has been my pleasure to work with an outstanding board of directors, and great partners in Israel to continue to develop this brilliant idea - mobile labs that literally drive education - into the nonprofit powerhouse I know we are becoming.
I met Haim Dahan, the founder, and became enthralled with the organization. My firm helped set up Friends of Ofanim in the US, and has helped introduce people to this cause since its beginning. By helping children in the poorest areas of Israel get supplemental education, Ofanim gives them the same opportunities that are available in the big cities to children with much greater resources. And we do it at a very low cost per child. Ofanim makes a huge difference in Israel!