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Project Spotlight: Dental Hygienist Training for Ethiopian Immigrants

Dental Azimut (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

The Fellowship's Azimut program is a lifeline for Ethiopian young adults stuck in an endless cycle of poverty. Through this program, we provide funding for young adults who want to study at Hadassah Medical Center's School of Dentistry in Jerusalem to become dental hygienists or dental assistants.

Many young Ethiopian Jews who participate in the Azimut program were born into poor immigrant families and grew up in rough neighborhoods, and their parents, who had made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from Ethiopia, didn’t know how to help their children with school or apply to college. Frequently, their parents don’t even know how to read Hebrew. These young adults suffer from a lack of guidance and are left with few career options.

Many young Ethiopians who participate in the Azimut program have tried to become established in Israel by working as house cleaners or supermarket cashiers, but these jobs hold no opportunity for professional advancement. They often want more for their lives, but don’t know how they would afford tuition for higher education. Thankfully, they can rely on The Fellowship’s Azimut!

“I am on a path to much brighter future, and my husband and children are so proud of what I have accomplished. I could not have done it without The Fellowship!” says Ester (pictured above), a new participant in the program.

We are so proud of our Azimut participants who study hard and become successful dental hygienists or assistants! They are well on their way to a bright future.

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