The Pilot Program
In August 2010, Sima Simon had the privilege of leading a group of at-risk youth from Israel to Rwanda, where they volunteered in a genocide orphans’ village. Based on the concept of Tikkun Olam, the project connected Israeli youth living in a group home due to domestic challenges and Rwandan youth orphaned as a result of the Rwandan genocide.
The project’s foremost goal was to provide an experience that would transform the Israeli youth from 'Receivers to Givers' at their most vulnerable period of life, adolescence.
Three years after the trip, Daniela, one of the participants, reflects on the impact it had on her life.
Clearly the greatest weight lays in the fact that we did this journey while we were teenagers, still forming our identity. Rwanda is our bond. We talk about it all the time, excited with light in our eyes. We are laughing and raising memories. We are imagining how we will tell this story to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will tell it with pride, and we will teach them how we have experienced, in real life, the value of giving.