The Yemin Orde Youth Village is home to 400 children from around the world. The Village, located on 77-acres atop Mount Carmel in northern Israel, has welcomed children from North Africa, Iran, India, Yemen, Ethiopia, countries of the former Soviet Union, Brazil and France . The children have suffered traumas ranging from isolation and neglect to abandonment and poverty. At Yemin Orde, they find a home, a family and a future.
Yemin Orde Youth Village was founded in 1953 by the British Friends of Youth Aliyah as a safe haven and home for Holocaust orphans and immigrant children during the great immigration wave to Israel of the fifties.. “Yemin Orde” literally means “in the memory of Orde.” The Village was named for British Major General Orde Charles Wingate, an ardent supporter of the Zionist cause and influential force in the formation of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The children at Yemin Orde live in 22 children’s houses, each named after important figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Deborah the Prophet and Marion and Elie Wiesel. The campus includes a high school offering a complete academic curriculum; an art and music center; a large, modern computer center; an ecological center ; a therapeutic center; a central dining room; modern library and; sports facilities.
Yemin Orde helps bring these youth from a place of survival to one of success, helping each individual child reach his or her potential. The staff at Yemin Orde is committed to providing not only an education and a place to live, but loving and trusting relationships, cultural and educational enrichment, spiritual and practical guidance and every emotional and psychological support a child needs to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Members of the Yemin Orde community work together through the Village Way, a methodology developed over many years, that places the child at the center, to achieve the following:
• To build up each child’s sense of worth and self-esteem;
• To help the children develop their own identity, including their Jewish and Israeli-identity;
• To enable the children to succeed in their school studies, through remedial and enrichment classes, culturally sensitive teaching methods, and the use of technology;
• To respect and instill confidence in a child’s cultural heritage and;
• To offer support to our graduates and provide them an ongoing sense of security.