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The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, community-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to assist, protect and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. Initially an emergency aid organization focusing on humanitarian relief, ARDC has expanded its work over the past two years, introducing projects that facilitate integration and independence. To date, the ARDC has served over 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries. Since January 2016 alone, the ARDC assisted 1,800+ asylum seekers on matters related to their legal rights, refugee status determination, family reunification, higher education, vocational studies, and leadership training.
We currently provide assistance through the following services:
1. Practical Refugee Education Program (PREP)– The Practical Refugee Education Project (PREP) aims to strengthen the capacity and autonomy of African asylum seekers in Israel through education, training, professional guidance and action toward a more dignified life. The PREP project provides vocational training, assistance with higher education, and trainings to develop leadership, group decision-making and other valuable skills for community members.
2. Community Outreach & Rights Empowerment– The goal of ARDC's paralegal project is to safeguard the rights of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel from harmful and unfair policies,which violate international law. Through community outreach, the project provides information and training for community members on their rights of asylum and family reunification. The team works both in Tel Aviv and in periphery areas. Caseworkers also collect information and monitor emerging trends in Israel’s asylum system.
3. Community Leadership & Advocacy- The goal of Community Leadership & Advocacy (CLA) is to generate change in public opinion and policy regarding African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel through community leadership trainings, advocacy and awareness-raising. The CLA project also pursues advocacy through social and mainstream media, tours, lectures, and targeted campaigns.