AMIT Frisch Beit Hayeled Youth Village, Jerusalem
AMIT Frisch Beit Hayeled, a residential community in the Gilo suburb of Jerusalem, is a safe, welcoming refuge for 120 children, ages 5 to 12. These children are rescued from lives that were filled with violence and hopelessness. AMIT’s unique pioneering model creates surrogate families, each one led by a young couple dedicated to “parenting” approximately a dozen children.
These young and vulnerable children, living and learning at Beit Hayeled, experience a nurturing environment, where they feel safe and cared for—in many cases, for the first time in their lives. Strong role models help the children learn to trust again and rebuild their confidence.
At Frisch Beit Hayeled, there is a strong belief that each child’s life is unique. Each child receives an individual therapeutic plan that addresses developmental, emotional, mental, educational and social needs. All therapies are provided by trained staff, working with a team of devoted teachers, who use individualized development plans to help transform each child’s experience from suffering to joy.
The results speak for themselves. A recent study revealed that 92 percent of the graduates of the Beit Hayeled program have been able to escape their families’ vicious cycle of crime and violence and continue on to higher education after serving in the army or performing national service.