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When nearly 1000 Falashmora Jews arrived in Jerusalem from Ethiopia in 1998, they were in poor health and suffering from many of the diseases commonly found in the Third World- gastrointestinal disorders, eye and skin disorders, and an alarmingly high rate of infectious diseases.

Communication was difficult because of the language barrier. But it soon became evident that the language was only part of the problem. The Falashmora had no concept of western medical practices. This made accurate diagnosis extremely difficult, and when a diagnosis was made, compliance was poor because of their basic lack of understanding. Even what we consider basic hygiene practices were new to them.

It was soon realized that the first step needed to be an education program. With cooperation from the Joint Distribution Committee- Israel and the Jerusalem Municipality, The Children of Israel Foundation constructed a Health Center at Givat HaMatos, the site where the Ethiopian refugees live.

The new Center has brought new hope and life into the community, giving the residents an opportunity to participate in group and individual educational programs about hygiene, home accident prevention, nutrition, proper use of medicines, use of health services, dental health, basic child care and child development, family planning, and the coordination of other health facilities.


The Children of Israel Foundation Health Center was officially opened in November 1999, and has been a beacon of hope for the Falashmora ever since. Arriving in a new land not knowing the language or western culture, and often very ill, the Center has provided them with more than just medicine. It has brought unity, has helped erase the fear of being in a new land, and has been instrumental in helping these wonderful people integrate into society and to become the best they can be. We thank those who have given so generously to such a worthy cause and have blessed the lives of so many.

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