In Israel, there are more than 30,000 Israeli boys and girls, some as young as 14-years-old, who have dropped out of school. Kaima's vision is to help these young kids turn their lives around through a multi-layered educational process that combines hands-on organic farming, leadership development, business learning, and community development.
Kaima, or "sustainability" in Aramaic, is a word that embodies society's collective obligation to preserve the environment and sustain this generation of youth well into the future.
How We Started
In late 2012, a group of young Israeli social entrepreneurs established Kaima as a way to apply their passion for organic farming to improve the lives of high school dropouts, particularly those unable to adapt to conventional indoor learning and adult-driven frameworks.
Recognizing the many important programs within Israel's non-profit and government sectors already providing critical support for this population, Kaima offers a unique approach built around an entirely different concept which connects skill acquisition, hands-on learning, hard work, self-determination, and, notably, financial remuneration, sending the message that anything is possible.
Our Operating Principles
Every person has the inner capacity for self-improvement.
Even the most disenfranchised, including those who have been thrown out of school and other programs, are worthy and must be both encouraged and equipped to start anew.
For some, effective learning is the result of interactive experience, not conventional classroom lessons.
The healing power of nature can be harnessed as part of a sustained effort to transform individual lives and move people from isolation to engagement.