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FOUNDERS

Nir Lahav

Social Entrepreneur

Martine Fleishman

Head of the Board of Trustees

HEADQUARTERS

Shai Lazer

Project TEN Director

Shay was born in Austria and raised in Beer Sheva; he lived temporarily in Modi’in. Father to Shira, Noa and Omri and partner to Ravit. Shay likes eggplant and sometimes people, and is looking for meaning. He enjoys going for walks in the woods with his dog, Cookla. In the past, he directed the Jewish Agency’s “Youth Futures” program that operates for children and youth in the periphery of Israel. Today he manages Project TEN in Israel and worldwide. He likes reading, traveling and listening to music.

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Meital Edri

Recruitment and Sorting Director

Meital grew up and still lives in Jerusalem. She has a bachelor’s degree in General History and International relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Meital studied at Midreshet Natur and then commanded a special education course in the IDF camp Alon, and worked in the IBC program with Jews from around the world who came to Israel for a gap year.

She participated in the project  TEN center as a volunteer at the in Ethiopia. And now Meital is the the head of recruitment and selection for volunteers and staff in the project. She loves working in the field of education and Diaspora Jewry. Meital drinks too much coca cola, reads a lot and loves to wash dishes.

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Nadav AuD

Professional Development Director

Nadav grew up in the Jerusalem area and was a member of the Scout movement. He studied in the GLOCAL MA Program at the Hebrew University. When he was an emissary in the United States, he worked with the Jewish and Israeli communities and from there began to focus on working with youth in developing communities and countries. Apart from working with us at Project TEN, you will find him hiking or playing and it is true that he still does not have a dog (he promises that he will soon), but in the meantime he is content with plants that grow in his apartment in Jerusalem.

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Yuval Barda

Professional Development Director

Yuval holds an MA degree in Developing countries and Sustainable development from Tel Aviv University, She lives in Moshav Talmei Yechiel with her partner Shlomi and their dog JJ. After graduating and finishing a water quality project in Tanzania, she realized that this was her passion and the field she wanted to pursue, so she found her way to the Project TEN. Yuval worked in the Ministry of Agriculture, and loves the field, her hobbies are the sea, to travel in Israel and around the world, ride a bicycle and read.

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Tamar Aziz

Marketing and International Partnerships Director

Seems like Tamar does not want to leave Africa. She has a BA in Hebrew literature and Political science from Ben Gurion University in the Negev. She directed the Project TEN Uganda center for two years and now works for head quarters as Marketing and International recruitment director. Tamar grew up in Jerusalem and worked a lot with the asylum seekers and refugees in Israel before moving to Africa. She loves cooking and traveling but hates cleaning and she misses cottage cheese.

CENTERS

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Tom Rozental

Director of the TEN center Uganda

Tom Rosenthal, Our new Uganda director has been with Project TEN for a long time. In 2017 Tom spent 3 months as a volunteer in Ghana and then came to volunteer in Uganda. After she finished her time volunteering, she could not get enough of the community, the center and the country and she stayed on as a coordinator for a year and a half. After spending a year back in Kibbutz Gal-Ed she applied to be the new director of the center and can’t wait to get back to work doing what she does best – Informal methods of education with Project TEN!

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Benjamin Atwome

Education Coordinator, Uganda

Benjie has a BA in Art from Nagenda College, the International College of Art and Design situated near our center in Namulanda, Uganda. He was always passionate about social action and social change. The recurring theme in his artwork is social activism and “art-ivism”. Benjie describes his work as coordinator at Project TEN. “Project TEN has opened me up to new perspectives of the world around me. Working with young people in my community, watching them play, learn and grow – that gives me reason to look forward to tomorrow. I feel I am part of a great cause and that improving the whole of society and humanity is each of our collective responsibilities”.

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Tamar Rabin

Director of the TEN center in Ghana

Tamar Rabin has a BA in Communication and Psychology from IDC Hertzeliya which she began after five and a half years in the IDF. Tamar has lots of experience working with children from different backgrounds, from special needs children to prisoner’s children. After graduating Tamar traveled in the east and volunteered in Cambodia and Nepal while traveling through the countries. When she returned to Israel she ran volunteering trips in India and in Israel. Tamar is super excited to join Project TEN Ghana and to get involved with this wonderful colorful country.

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Obed Sackey

Education and Agriculture Coordinator in Ghana

Obed was born and raised in Awutu Bawajise, and attended the Education University of Winneba graduating with a BA in Mathematics. Abed is passionate about programs that promote social change and before arriving to Project TEN he worked for an empowerment program in a church in Winneba. Obed hopes that being part of Project TEN will will open a world of opportunity for him to express his capabilities as well as to learn more effective ways of creating positive change in his community and in Africa as a whole.

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Leora Devertt

Education Coordinator in the TEN Ghana Project

Leora grew up in Toronto, Canada and moved to Israel at the age of 12. She was a volunteer in Project TEN Ghana after her military service, where she was an escort coordinator for soldiers and a fitness instructor. After a few months working with Project TEN in Greece, she is now is excited to continue the role in Ghana!

Leora has lots of experience instructing in summer camps and youth movements, and last year, she worked as an instructor in the pre-military program Hevruta.

In her free time, Leora likes to exercise, travel and play the guitar.

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Mable Otchie

Education Coordinator in the TEN Ghana Project

Mable was born in Ada in the Greater Accra region of Ghana and acquired my BA degree in Winneba. She is  passionate for teaching children from different parts of Ghana. she loves exploring and learning new things in any circumstances.  With Project TEN she is excited to contribute effectively to changing Ghanaian society and creating vibrant generation equipped with 21st century skills.

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Faiz Swead

Co-director of the TEN Center in Kibbutz Harduf

Faiz’s greatest love is meeting people. One of the founders of the Project TEN at “Sha’ar LeAdam” in Harduf. He lives in Sawa’ed and is involved in various initiatives in Harduf, among them “Beit Elisha” – an initiative for treating special needs adults and “Tuvia” Boarding School for children and youth at risk. Faiz comes from a background of social work, informal education, and coexistence in settings with diverse and varied populations.

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Efrat Eliyahu

Co-director of the TEN Center in Kibbutz Harduf

Efrat grew up in Nahariya by the sea, and was always drawn to work with people and communities.

After training in the army and traveling to the East, she studied anthroposophy and permaculture and art studies.

After an earthquake in Nepal, Efrat flew to volunteer for 8 months in the devastated villages, since returning to Israel she has worked with people with special needs and in joined Jewish and Arab youth groups.

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Ximena Sulimovich

Director of Project TEN Mexico

Ximena was born in Uruguay and moved to Israel where she lived for the last 12 years. She got her B.A. in communications from IDC Herzlyia (Reichman University) and a M.A. in Social Work – Trauma from Haifa University. From a very young age she volunteered as a youth mentor in different organizations both in Uruguay and Israel, and for the last 5 years has been working as a social worker with youth at risk in Israel.
Ximena absolutely loves traveling, the beach, good food and music, so she is very excited to be in a country like Mexico, were she can get a good dose of all of those things while doing what she loves and feeling closer to her Latin American roots.

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Uriel Machado

Education Coordinator TEN Mexico

Uri was born in Uruguay and although he has lived in Israel for the past 8 years, he is still the most Uruguayan person you will ever meet. Back in Israel, Uri was a dog trainer, and worked to rehabilitate abused animals. Throughout his childhood and adolescence in Uruguay Uri was part of a Jewish youth movement in which he had the opportunity to learn about in-formal education, connect with children and youth and be involved in community activism. Now, in Mexico working as a TEN coordinator Uri feels he can reconnect with children and education in general, he can feel a little closer to home and to his Latin roots, and still be connected to Israelis and my Israeli side. Uri brought his lovely Dog to Mexico and she lives with him and his wife Ximena at the volunteer center!

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Elideth Mendoza

Coordinator of Project TEN Mexico

Elideth is from Mexico, she has a degree in International Affairs loves Asian culture,  she is even learning Japanese!

 

For has worked with children for three years in summer camps for  in Mexico city and realized that working with kids was something she enjoyed and made her extremely happy. 

Elideth loves, travelling, reading, making new friends,  drinking good wine and eating spicy food!!

In Project TEN she is doing what she loves most: meeting and working with people for all around the world and with children! 

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Aylin Valdez

Coordinator of Project TEN Mexico

Aylin grew up in the south of Mexico. She did her bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Relations and loves traveling. 

She has volunteered in different organizations for 10 years, focusing mainly on children and gender issues.  

She is excited to join Project TEN as a coordinator.

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Or Wiener

Director of Project TEN South Africa

Or joined Project TEN after many years of experience working with at-risk youth in non-formal education settings and believes in the ability of people to find strength and change things for themselves and others.

Or graduated significant combat service in the IDF even received a medal from the IDF Chief of Staff.

In his free time, he likes to travel with a special emphasis on the desert. Or always claims that the silence of the desert finds its way in and helps create inner peace. In addition to playing the guitar, Or loves to cook – especially on bonfires and to read thriller novels.

 

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Achinoam Vieder

Coordinator of Project TEN South Africa

Achinoam grew up in Sade Yaakov and served in the army as in the Nahal Regiment. After her release, she worked in a kindergarten in the northern area of the Dead Sea for about a year and then as a night counselor at the “Akim” organization in Haifa working with special needs children and youth.

Achinoam is a Project TEN Alumni and volunteered in Ghana. The experience she went had as a volunteer during her cohort helped her understand her abilities, passions and skills and she realized how much more she must contribute. She knew she had to go back to join Project TEN in Africa!

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Maya Jalon

director of Project TEN Cambodia

Maya, Our new director in Project TEN Cambodia grew up in Tel Aviv, and studied at the Thelma Yellin Anthroposophical School and the High School of the Arts.

She did her BA in Philosophy and Education in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her MA in Berlin, Germany focusing on Global studies.

She is joining Project TEN after working with refugees and Asylum seekers in Tel Aviv and Berlin.

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Ariel Aviv

Coordinator of Project TEN Cambodia

Ariel comes from Ramat Gan, and has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Masters in family studies with a specialization in individual counseling.

She worked as an educational instructor at a boarding school for girls at risk and recently as a coordination and operations manager of a college for high-tech college.

She is very excited to get to know the culture in Cambodia and to bring her rich background in consulting to her work with the volunteers and local students and staff.

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Eldar Platek

Director of Project TEN Greece

Eldar comes from the field of un-formal education, and this is not his first time with Project TEN! In recent years he was working in the pre IDF Gap year programs in the spirit of pluralistic Judaism, with youth from Israel and the Diaspora. A few years ago he served as an educational coordinator at the Gondar Center, Ethiopia and today he is back with Project TEN to reestablish the center in Greece. In his free time, he likes to read, hike and water his plants.

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