Situated near Haifa, this village is an example to the world of how some 500 young people aged between 13 and 18 years old from many different backgrounds and origins can live and learn together in harmony. To date the village has twice received the President’s Award for Excellence in Education and served as a model for the Agahozo Shalom Village in Rwanda, home to many hundreds of orphans.
Yemin Orde is the only village open 365 days a year, with holiday programmes for children who do not have a home. Read about its cutting edge educational methods in Our Philosophy
The Carmel Fire
Yemin Orde was hit hard by the largest wildfire in Israel’s history.
It destroyed half of the village’s buildings and landscaping, including the library, many dorms and the Ben Gurion Dormitory which is home to 30 orphans from the FSU. Tremendous fundraising efforts across the USA and GB, assistance from the Israeli government, and insurance reimbursements continue to provide badly needed funds for reconstruction and refurbishments. The entire electric infrastructure had to be rebuilt. Still, youngsters are housed in temporary accommodation. The recovery project, which still requires around £1 mio is due to be finished in early 2014.
Amidst the tragic stories of the fire, some heartwarming ones of graduates returning to the village from Israel and all corners of the world attest to the village’s enduring ethos: this youth village is a family and a home to all its students now and into the future.