HADASSAH PROVIDES FREE HEBREW CLASSES TO DARFUR REFUGEES IN ARAD
(New York, NY -- September 10, 2007) -- Darfur refugees living in the Southern city of Arad began free Hebrew ulpan classes this week, courtesy of WUJS Arad, Hadassah’s post-university study program.
“The children from Darfur entered kindergarten and elementary school this week in the Israeli school system,” said Alon Friedman, Director of the WUJS program. “Our professional staff of teachers has volunteered to help the adults in our city to begin to bridge the gap between Sudan and Israel.”
Many Sudanese refugees work in hotels in the Dead Sea Resort, but live in Arad. According to Friedman, the parents expressed anxiety that they would lose touch with their children as the youngsters began a faster process of absorption into Israel.
Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk, in Israel this week for meetings, expressed gratification that Hadassah has been able to play several roles in improving the refugees’ lives. “Recently, a pregnant woman from Darfur gave birth by Caesarian section in our hospital in Jerusalem,” she said. “We’re proud of the initiative of our WUJS staff in reaching out, too.”