African Refugee Development Center
The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to protect, assist and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. ARDC promotes leadership and self-sufficiency as well as advocates for a humane and fair Israeli asylum policy.
About This Cause
The African Refugee Development Center is a grassroots, community-based non profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum-seekers and Israeli citizen in order to protect, assist, and empower African refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel. Founded by a political refugee from Ethiopia, ARDC began its work as a humanitarian aid organization, helping the thousands of African asylum-seekers fleeing to Israel, providing new arrivals with shelter, food, and medical attention. in 2009, ARDC began offering language classes, psycho-social support, and paralegal assistance as community needs shifted and long-term needs became increasingly necessary.
Since 2014, ARDC has shifted its focus to capacity building and empowerment in an effort to fortify community resilience. ARDC now offers community leadership courses, has increased advocacy efforts and has expanded its community outreach to many cities outside Tel Aviv. Refugees are welcomed to our community centre to ask questions, and receive a borad range of assistance.
ARDC builds personalized education plans for each client, and offers a wide range of education opportunities, from preparatory courses aimed at helping students access higher education (such as GED and TOEFL) and scholarships for university students, to vocational and skills-based workshops aimed at empowering the community and providing access to better employment opportunities. Vocational courses that have been offered includes an urban farming workshop, car repair cause, cell phone repair, cooking, and a coding/programming course. Empowerment focused courses include language classes, leadership workshops, and women's self defence training course combined with Hebrew learning. ARDC also has a growing youth program, to assist the youth to fulfil their goals and take an active approach to building their future.
To date, the ARDC has served over 10,000 asylum seekers from a number of countries, including Eritrea, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and the Ivory Coast.