The Forgotten People Fund (FPF) provides emergency assistance to struggling Ethiopian families in Netanya who strive for a better life. Poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, and crime remain serious problems for this often-overlooked community.
Ashgero is 23, the third of 5 children. She and her family arrived in Israel in December, 2000 when she was 6 months old. Her parents are divorced and her father has remarried. Her mother had been working as a cleaner but recently became unemployed since her employer would not allow her flexible hours to take care of her 5 year old. She is currently studying nursing in the third of four years. Ashgero had been paying her tuition from her savings as neither parent is able to support her financially and the intensity of her studies doesn't allow her to work.
"To Jeff, Wendy and the dear donors. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the scholarship during this year of nursing studies. There is no doubt that without you I would not have been able to survive this year, it was not easy both academically and financially. By the grace of God, I finished all the exams on time and even managed to achieve very good results thanks to the scholarship that allowed me to focus on my studies. Currently I'm doing my ward experiences at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. I want to thank you very much and it is very heartwarming that there are people like you with a big heart.
Thank you and good day, Ashgero"
WHY CHOOSE FPF?
Since their arrival in the country in the 1980’s and 90’s, life has been far from easy for Israel’s Ethiopian community. For the older generation, who were never taught to read or write, learning Hebrew proved an enormous challenge. Additionally, most of the teenagers arrived with no secondary school education and quickly dropped out of the Israeli school system. The community struggled to adjust to their new life and find ways to make ends meet.
Today, FPF is a lifeline for this community, providing financial and practical support as well as putting a huge emphasis on education. They supply aspiring students with computers to facilitate their studies, and they offer scholarships to assist those who wish to study for a professional qualification or advanced degree, giving them the best possible chance of a successful career.
FPF also offer a Rapid Response Team which provides emergency support to members of the community with critical needs such as lack of food, housing repairs or utility cut-offs. The Team ensure that these families have a safe, warm, and healthy environment to live in.
With FPF’s support, Netanya’s Ethiopian population is being transformed into a thriving and successful community.