Youth Home — Be Thankful for What You Have

Today I went on a school trip (with the whole 8th grade) to a Youth Home in Yemene Orde (which is up near the Carmel Mountains). Last year a fire struck close to the Carmel Mountains burning the boys houses (but not the school) at the Youth Home. This orphanage/boarding school is only a High School for 9th-12th graders they were pretty upset that the school was not touched but the boy’s homes were burnt down. Luckily the Israeli government helped pay to put in temporary houses for these teenagers.

Basically, as we listened to the lecture by the main owners at Yemene Orde Youth Home, they told us their goal is to bring up the teenagers as normally as the possible can. Not all of them are orphans, some just live in really bad circumstances and live there. So they have a separate place for houses and a place for school. They usually have 500 kids, which is the same size as our school. Most of the teenagers there are Ethiopian immigrants and there are a few Russian teenagers as well.  While we got to talk to a few of the 12th graders (Ethiopians and Russians), we also watched a video (that occurred 5 years ago) when the 12th graders went back to Ethiopia — since the Ethiopians are the majority and got to go back to their countries. We got to see how the felt about going back to see their families; how they didn’t really fit in, but the peers that go to the Youth Home with them were more of their family then their actual family; how the Russians at first envied the Ethiopians to go back to their home country, while they could not; and how later the Russian seniors after the whole trip was happy for the Ethiopians.

After this trip, all I can say is that these teenagers went through a lot in their lives.  We are lucky to have everything that we have now, which is the whole meaning of Thanksgiving — to be thankful for everything we have. Also, the teachers and principle told us that we were not to allowed to use any electronic devises including cameras at the Youth Home, because they did not want us to flash around gadgets that these poor teenagers do not have. So, I was not able to take any pictures except for one’s on the bus on the way there and back.