In Israel, there are more than 30,000 Israeli boys and girls, some as young as 15-years-old, who have dropped out of school. Kaima's mission is to help these young kids turn their lives around through a multi-layered educational process combining hands-on organic farming, leadership development, business learning, and community development.
Kaima, or "sustainability" in Aramaic, is a word which embodies society's collective obligation to preserve the environment and sustain this
generation of youth well into the future.
In late 2012, a group of young Israeli social entrepreneurs gathered to consider how to best 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. After a few months, with the immeasurable help of community volunteers, we broke ground on Kaima Farm, planted our first crops, and welcomed our first youth.
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 to bring home the message that anything is possible.
Our Operating Principles
Every person has the inner desire and capacity for self-improvement.
Even the most disenfranchised, including those who have been expelled from 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 program to transform individual lives and move people from isolation to engagement.
Every community has within its means the power to feed the hungry.