“With their sensitivity, warmth and stories, these boys entered my heart”
"Among its many programs, Nitzana Eco-Village is home to a boarding school for lone Eritrean youth in Israel. What brought them here is a dangerous state of war in their country. They escaped it alone, on foot, without their parents—but experienced many other horrors, like being caught and tortured, before arriving in Israel. Because they are underage and alone, they are brought to the Nitzana setting to rehabilitate. I help them in their classes and in learning Hebrew. I also organize field trips and different holiday activities, stressing co-existence. Our goal is to help them prepare for a mature fuller life - but also help them to regain their childhood which they lost when they began their fight for survival. I never thought I could connect like this to kids—it taught me so much about my own life."
Nitzan Maromi, a Shin-shin from Misgav, is preparing for a meaningful army service by doing a year of national service at Nitzana Eco-Village. He volunteers in rehabilitation, as a teacher and a 'big brother' to 16 boys, ages 15-18 in the Tikkun Olam progam.