Our After school program is for children from ages three to six who attend municipal preschool and kindergarten, and are run by teachers from the refugee and migrant communities using Tel-Aviv municipal pre-k and k classrooms.
This past year we expanded our cooperation with the Tel-Aviv Yaffo municipality when Unitaf sought to operate additional frameworks for children who were being bussed to municipal pre-k and k far from where they live. Under this model, the children return on the busses in the afternoon to Unitaf programs close to home in south Tel-Aviv, making pick-up easier on parents.
Thanks to the incredible cooperation with the municipality we could expand our program and go from six to ten classrooms, and from 210 children to 350. This expansion enabled us to hire additional teachers and promote others to become and business ownership. This kind of step-up is significant for the women in our community. Business owners earn a stable income, providing them and their families with a wider financial and professional horizon as well as financial autonomy and much needed security.
Meet our newest business owners!
Afolayan Adedamola Oluwatoya, "Lizzy", is from Lagos, Nigeria. She has 3 children named Eva, Blessing, and Olmiday. Lizzy began working at Unitaf in 2012, and three years later became the lead class teacher. This year, she is a the manager of an afterschool class. Lizzy is as charismatic leader and a creative and warm teacher with great ideas. She is also a great dancer and hairdresser.
Bisrat Halefum is from Asmara in Eritrea, and is the mother to Esther and Nardos. Bisrat got to know Unitaf when her daughter attended our afterschool program. This year, Bisrat is managing an afterschool class in the Shapira neighborhood. Bisrat is a natural educator who gravitated to work at Unitaf in order to be involved in educational activities in her community.
Zidadna Malingo is from Umtata, South Africa, and a mom of three. In South Africa, she worked as a safe sex educator. In 2013, she came to Israel and began working at a pirate daycare that was under Mesila's (Tel Aviv Municipality’s social welfare for refugee and migrant division) supervision. She was recommended to Unitaf as a capable and talented educator. This year Ziadna is managing an afterschool class in the Shapira neighborhood. She is an excellent staff leader, and loves to sing and listen to music.
Christina (Christy) Dixon, is from Almina, Ghana. She is 25 years old and began working with Unitaf as a teacher’s aid in 2011. In 2015, she became a lead teacher, and this year she is managing a pre-k afterschool. Christy is a talented and creative educator with innovative enrichment ideas. She loves arts and crafts and puzzles.
Maryann Chinenye Oneyeji is from Onogo in Nigeria.
She is 28 and mother to Chidera, Divine and Marblos. In 2015, she opened her own pirate day care in the Tikvah neighbourhood, that was supervised by Mesila. This year, having been recommended by Mesila, she became a manager for pre-k classes in the Tikvah neighborhood. Marian is a pleasant and smart educator who captivates the minds of the children in her care. She loves to cook, watch films, and read books.
Salam Asgodom from Asmara, Eritrea. She is 32 and mother to Loliah and Navi. She began working at Unitaf as a teacher’s aid in 2014. We quickly identified her potential and she became a lead teacher in the afterschool program. This year, she is managing pre-k classes in the Shapira neighborhood, Salam is pleasant and excels in her work with parents. She loves to play with her children in the park.