FAQ

Achotenu was founded in 2013 by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, Rabbi of Alon Shvut South. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for Ethiopians to become registered nurses and work in this in-demand profession, thereby ensuring long-term employment, steady income and full integration into Israel society.

The goal of our program is to give students the tools that they need to succeed in nursing school. We provide students with: tuition, a preparatory program that teaches strategic learning skills and offers monthly living subsidies, bi-weekly enrichment lessons throughout their studies, a personal mentor and ongoing academic and emotional support.

Our field research on vocational interests in the Ethiopian sector indicated a strong interest in nursing. Fortunately, there is a widespread demand for nurses in Israel, essentially guaranteeing graduates with stable careers.
The goal of our program is to give students the tools they need to succeed in nursing school. We provide students with: tuition, a preparatory program that teaches strategic learning skills, monthly living subsidies, b-weekly enrichment lessons throughout their studies, a personal mentor, and ongoing academic and emotional support.
Most of the Ethiopian population is below the poverty line, as defined by the Israeli government. We believe that higher education in a practical field is the strongest defense against poverty.  Only 11% of Ethiopian-Israeli adults (ages 22 and 35) have post-secondary education, as compared with 42% of all Jews in the same age group
Our program is completely free for students, aside from a mandatory one time ¬†participation fee, to ensure students’ seriousness and commitment to the program. This fee is reinvested into the program.
Our students are dispersed among four college hospitals, which are affiliated with the Ministry of Health: Hillel- Yafe, Meir, Barzeli, and Assaf Harofe.
Students have the option of living at home or in dormitories. Currently, most of the students live with their families, although a couple of the students live in the dorms.

80% of our original participants are still enrolled in the program. Several of our students are among the top of their class.

Our funding comes from the Ministry of Health, private foundations, and individual donors.
We are planning to open a new class this coming year (2015-2016) and our program director is in the process of forming new partnerships. The student recruitment process is expected to begin during the summer.