I am honored and privileged at the opportunity to tell you of my feelings and thoughts regarding Afikim and its outstanding work in the realms of education and welfare.
The fundamentals of the program were determined by first‐rate professionals, with top‐level personnel now implementing the program. They succeed in placing the child, and his/her full range of capabilities, at the forefront of all efforts. Each child enjoys a sense of home, and receives nutritious meals, varied extracurricular activities tailor‐made to the childʹs individual needs, and assistance with homework. I have seen the children who take part in this program: their interest, curiosity and happiness are the essence of the education we perceive as best.
Simultaneously, the centers work together with the parents. The system wisely includes both parents and schoolteachers in the work of education. Thus, the child feels his/her world is complete, with a synergy between the content taught, the school, and his/her family system. Together with educational welfare, Afikim focuses upon children whose family framework requires assistance. The centers provide these children with a full complement to their home, without alienating them from their own families.
Since I have dealt with education for a great part of my life, I sincerely believe that the correct educational step will be taken when this organization’s activities expand to additional dsadvantaged cities where the children and families so desperately need them. In the past, I have served as the general director of the Ministry of Immigration Absorption. Afikim has greatly benfitted immigrant children from Ethiopia and the FSU. I have seen their faces glowing, as they beamed from ear to ear. Their enthusiasm to learn made them stand out among their peers.
During my career, I served as a member of the teaching committee of the School of Education. I was in charge of the educational planning in the local educational administration and a member of the educational planning committee for the Ministry of Education. Our goal was to implement complementary education. The Afikim program is, in my opinion, an ideal expression of this type of action.
I am delighted to be associated with an organization that not only cares for the less fortunate families in Israel but also changes their quality of life.
Our children, too, in the UK have played their part over Purim writing Mishloach Manot messages and raising money and awareness for the plight of the Israeli children.
I wish Afikim much success. May they continue to serve as a true inspiration to us all, giving long-term solutions to thousands of disadvantaged people in Israel in a truly dignified manner.
Have a wonderful evening!
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
June 2009/Sivan 5769
State of Israel Department of Education
In light of our positive experience working with the Afikim organization, we recommend using this program to operate after-school centers for families in schools that are run in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Welfare and the Jerusalem Municipality (Units of Education and Welfare). It is our opinion that Afikim is the organization that can provide this unique service (afternoon centers for families) in the best possible way.
National Supervisor of After-School Centers
Deputy Health Minister
13 Elul 5769
To: David Roth, Chairman
I would like to confirm and thank you for receipt of your letter and your invitation to visit.
The activities supported by Afikim are of tremendous importance given the great distress and difficulties children at-risk face daily. A program that cares for all the needs of the at-risk child while placing significance on the family unit by providing them with the necessary tools to deal with their problems is worthy of both praise and commendation.
I hope that your work will help reduce the number of children at-risk as well as raise awareness amongst the public of the need to deal with this problem.
I would be happy to coordinate a visit.
MP Rabbi Yaakov Leitzman
Deputy Minister of Health