“IDC Students Host Sports Fundraiser for Refugee Students”

yoav@negevdirect.com 05/06/2010 Featured Cause, Fundraising Strategy, Inspirational, Israel, Jewish Organiztions
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Source: JPost.com 5.6.10

“The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, the country’s only higher education institution offering a full English curriculum for undergraduate studies, is also home to five African refugee students. Their fellow students have now come together to organize a sports event to help fund the refugees’ tuition.”by: Mark Rebacz

“The five, who come from Eritrea, Somalia and other parts of Africa, arrived in Israel fleeing armed conflict, civil war and persecution, and without any knowledge of Hebrew. Seeking higher education and with a working knowledge of English, they opted to study at IDC; but without financial means, this is a near-impossibility.”

“Though the IDC offers the refugee students a 50-percent discount on tuition, the remaining fee of $4,500 is still too much for most to bear; added to that is the penalty of losing the discount if tuition is not paid within the year.”

“According to the ARDC, there are currently an estimated 20,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel who have fled armed conflict, civil war and fear of persecution in countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.”