by Linda Edwards, Hope for the Future Coordinator
Project Hope for the Future reaches out to the Ethiopian Jewish communities, in Israel. For many reasons, they have a harder time adjusting to life in Israel than most immigrants. The Ethiopian culture is so different, especially for those who used to live in the villages of the Gondar region. Inside bathrooms, bills, and appliances are unfamiliar to them. Some families come to Israel with little more than the clothes on their backs. The government gives them assistance when they leave the absorption centers, to purchase a place to live--but, it is not enough, when starting over with "nothing".
As is the case for all Jewish immigrants, from every nation around the world, the Jews of Ethiopian descent want very much to work and support their families, but are often unable to do so. Even the ones who come with a profession find it hard to obtain a job in their area of expertise. Many times they hold jobs at the bottom of the pay scale, such as security guard or cleaning jobs. Sometimes language is also a barrier to finding employment.
Although the over 110,000 Ethiopian immigrants face many difficulties adjusting to Israeli society, Christians from around the world have partnered with CFI, to provide needy families with financial and practical assistance. We invite you to come alongside of us to make a difference.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).
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