T.O.M. Youth Aliyah village boys trip to London

17 – 24 Jun 2015

Leadership, teamwork and confidence: all in a week's visit

A new community partnership between Youth Aliyah Child Rescue, JLGB and Hasmonean Boys School was formed in June when eight teenage boys from our Youth Aliyah Village, T.O.M. enjoyed their first trip to London.

They were chosen to visit because of their participation in the International Youth Award – Israel which is the overseas equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh Award run for Jewish children in the UK by JLGB.

With the support of JLGB and Hasmonean High School for Boys, the group enjoyed a wide range of activities including bowling and a trip to the theatre. The highlight of the trip was going on a two-day JLGB Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition together with students from Hasmonean High School for Boys. The trip involved navigating the Hertfordshire countryside before pitching up tents and cooking on camp stoves.

The boys were kindly hosted by wonderful families whose children from Hasmonean were also taking part in the expedition and true friendships have now been formed. According to one of the hosts the boys were “an absolute delight and to host them was a privilege and an honour. They are different boys since their arrival and have opened up a tremendous amount”.

After enjoying a final day touring London with London Ishi tours the boys rushed to a final celebration at Hampsted Garden Suburb Synagogue, where Youth Aliyah Child Rescue Life President Ella Latchman presented the boys with certificates. Almost 200 guests were welcomed by Youth Aliyah Child Rescue trustee Tina Curtis and Chairman, Melvin Robinson. They were shown an inspiring film of life within the T.O.M. Youth Village, offering technology, sport and the chance of a bright future to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. “These boys are a shining example of what achievement really means,” said Melvin Robinson. “The T.O.M. youth village is a fantastic place and last year, a number of our boys were in the top five percent of the Israeli education system, which is staggering.”

JLGB chairman Norman Terret thanked Youth Aliyah Child Rescue for providing the opportunity to work with “these wonderful young people…. We try to teach them about leadership, about team work and self-reliance, and build up their confidence. It has been a new experience for us, and most successful, as they have overcome barriers.”

Thank you to our generous sponsors and all our supporters who made this visit possible.

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