Elifelet - Citizens for Refugee Children

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.

What's New?

Save The Date! Giving Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Your contribution will put a smile on the 1001st baby.

The volunteers of Elifelet have already made sure that 1,000 small children have food and care. With your help we will be able to look after another infant.


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Elifelet has launched a series of lectures (in Hebrew), donated by top Israeli speakers, Our first lecture this Thursday, August 3rd, 8pm, at the Nahum Gutman museum in Neve Tsedek, features the noted Israeli chef and writer, Gil Hovav.

Join us for what should be an entertaining and enlightening evening and a good cause. 100NIS/person, with all contributions going to Elifelet for our ongoing work helping the children of African refugees here in South Tel Aviv.


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Elifelet - Citizens for Refugee Children, is a registered NGO, winner of the 2016 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic for its unique activities, winner of the 2015 Israeli President's Award for Volunteerism and the 2015 Yigal Alon Award for Exemplary Pioneering Activities


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Our beautiful coloring book "With All the Colors of the Rainbow" is available for purchase (80 NIS) on-line, using PayPal or by sending a check.


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