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Project information

Supporting Young People

UJIA invests in young people and education in the UK and Israel. UJIA is working on both formal and informal education, ensuring that thousands of young people have access to inspiring, innovative and informative educational experiences from nursery through to their teenage years.


Charity information: UJIA (United Jewish Israel Appeal)

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  • Need


    The young people of the Galil are suffering due to the poor educational and social infrastructure that is resulting in negative migration patterns. As more people move out, investment in schools, early childhood centres and educational enrichment programmes decreases. A cycle of poverty is created as more people move out of the area resulting in fewer businesses, job opportunities and thus less investment in education to support the children living in the region.


    UJIA is working to make the region a more appealing place for people to live and raise families by funding educational facilities to benefit local children. We are doing this by investing in local schools, after school programmes, teacher training and special needs centres in the area. By creating a first-rate education system that provides good opportunities for all young people, the Galil will become a desirable place to live which will in turn boost the economy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the educational offering in the Galil for the benefit of the children living there.


    » Build new primary and secondary schools.These will offer excellent facilities and also prevent the children having to travel long distances to school.
    » Invest in community centres that host after school activities such as arts and music which many parents in this region can not afford to provide.
    » Fund special needs centres to help support those children that need extra care and attention that they would not recieve in a mainstream school.

    What success will look like

    Primarily, engaging children in the programmes/schools and centres UJIA is funding and seeing these have a positive impact on their lives and that of their families.

    Aim 2

    Reduce the negative net migration trend the Galil is currently experiencing.


    » Fund educational programmes to support young people living in the region, encouraging families to remain there and new ones to move to the area.

    What success will look like

    Seeing the negative migration trend slowing and eventually reverse resulting in increased government and local investment in education in the region.

  • Impact


    All of our investments in the Galil have been chosen for their potential long-term and cumulative impact. The long term changes will be more and better educational facilities available to the young people living in the region.
    The success of this will be shown by the increased numbers of pupils enrolling in the schools and educational enrichment programmes being provided.
    UJIA will demonstrate this success by monitoring participation levels of all programmes / schools closely.


    There is a risk that once the capital build aspects of the project are complete the upkeep will not be met by the local government. To mitigate this risk we have made agreements with other foundations that work in the area, as well as the local councils and educational departments within the government to ensure that there is sufficient ongoing funding to support the programmes in the future.


    We use many forms of communication to keep our donors up to date with our work – bulletin letters, our website, annual review, events and specific programme reports where requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,637,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,027,000 Educational Infrastruscture Capital projects in the region
      £2,570,000 Educational Programmes Such as individualised learnign programmes
      £1,040,000 Social Welfare Programmes Such as after school enrichment programmes
  • Background


    Our definition of Galil is informal but as a rule we focus on the northern strip along the border extending from the Mediterranean in a curve up to the “Finger of the Galil” at Kiryat Shmona.The people of this peripheral area face challenges including relatively poor access to employment and education opportunities as well as social and cultural isolation-The relative income index reveals that the per capita income of residents here is about 62% of per capita income of those in Tel Aviv.


    The residents of the Galil will benefit from UJIA’s investments, particularly the children of the region who will have better access to superior education and enrichment activities. Young people with special needs will also have access to better care and tutoring to give them a better quality of life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UJIA’s engagement in the Galil started though the twinning of the UK with the region via Partnership 2000. Over the last decade, close ties have been forged with three local authority areas adjacent to the Lebanese border: the municipality of Shlomi and the regional councils of Merom HaGalil and Maale Yosef. UJIA also has strong funding partners in the region which leverage our investments resulting in greater social impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Douglas Krikler

    UJIA’s CEO has been leading the organisation for the last 4 years – his knowledge of Israel and command of both Hebrew and Arabic are invaluable.

    Natie Shevel MBE

    Regional Director in Israel, is instrumental - working directly with local government, building contractors and beneficiaries on the ground in Israel.