From Jerusalem to Nairobi with love

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 |  Yossi Aloni

Israel has a long tradition of aid to Kenya. Over the past month, that tradition has reached new levels. As part of an initiative of the Israeli Embassy in Kenya, students at a Jerusalem school have "adopted" a number of orphans from Nairobi's poorest neighborhoods.

The initiative is the brainchild of Dalit Haskel, the wife of Israel's ambassador to Kenya, and the Zalman Aran school in Jerusalem. They decided that the Israeli students needed a stronger education in humanities and international relations, and so initiated an aid operation to help children in Kenya.

The Israeli students responded with tremendous generosity, donating not only used goods, but brand new educational products, dolls, clothes and other toys.

The students from Jerusalem decorated the boxes of donated goods with drawings of Israeli flags and warm wishes for the orphans. Israel's Foreign Ministry transfered the boxes via diplomatic mail to Dalit Haskel, who then personally delivered the donated goods to poor neighborhoods in Nairobi, as well as local hospitals with large children's wards.

The Kenyan children were clearly touched by the gesture, and responded with letters and drawings for their new friends in Jerusalem.

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