Elifelet was founded in the Spring of 2012, following a hate crime in Tel Aviv, when 'Molotov cocktails' (glass bottles containing explosives) were thrown into a daycare center at night, while 21 refugee children were asleep (miraculously, they were physically unhurt).
Immediately following the attack, we raised funds and drafted friends who volunteered to rebuild the burnt center. In the course of this effort, we realized the extent of the physical and emotional distress faced by approximately 4,500 refugee children whose parents fled from Eritrea and Sudan and are now living in South Tel Aviv under extremely difficult conditions.
With the help of about 200 volunteers and many donors, Elifelet has adopted one daycare center after another, built therapeutic afternoon clubs for older children and rescued hundreds of children from a vicious cycle of ongoing physical and emotional distress.
For its unique work, Elifelet was awarded the 2016 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, the 2015 Israeli President's Award for Volunteerism and the 2015 Yigal Alon Award for Exemplary Pioneering Activities.
Elifelet's efforts are based on the work of volunteers. All contributions come from private citizens and are used for diverse activities benefiting the children.