Kfar Silver Youth Village
Kfar Silver Youth Village was founded 60 years ago in southern Israel to serve as an educational and agricultural home for children who had just made Aliyah and were still arriving from the Diaspora, after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The location was chosen in order to fulfill the Zionist dream of making the Negev bloom. In 2016, Kfar Silver joined the World ORT Kadima Mada (Science Journey) educational network in Israel. Unlike the other schools and Youth Villages that World ORT Kadima Mada manages, at Kfar Silver, ORT is responsible for the entire management of the Village, including the school, the boarding school and the agricultural farm.
Kfar Silver Youth Village provides a high level of education and social support to Israel’s most at-risk students—ensuring they receive the necessary support to reach their full potential. A majority of students come to Kfar Silver from low socio-economic backgrounds and single parent households, and many struggle with emotional and mental health challenges. Approximately one third of Kfar Silver students are boarders. Of these, a large number are either new immigrants or from immigrant families (primarily from Ethiopia or the Former Soviet Union). Many students have arrived in Israel without their parents, and the Youth Village is their only home. These students take part in the highly regarded Naale program, designed to ensure successful integration into school with classes taught in students’ native languages. A small number of Bedouins from the Negev also live in the Village.
World ORT Kadima Mada’s educational and support services are transforming the lives of Kfar Silver students. The staff work closely with students, empowering them to recognize their abilities and strengths and become contributing members of Israeli society.