Wed 14 March 2018 | 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Beit Kandinof - Hatzofim 14, Tel Aviv,

MALJAA: African Refugee benefit exhibition by Jonathan Smalll
Curated by Arianna Fornaciai
Opening: March 14
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Join us for a photography exhibition in benefit for African Refugees by the documentary photographer Jonathan Small

Our perception and reality are often at odds when it comes to social issues facing different communities. This struggle is generally due to a lack of communication between the sub-culture groups that have become estranged with each other. Labeling members of our community in a negative sense creates faceless ‘boogeymen’, sculpted through inflammatory rhetoric. MALJAA is an attempt to create a visual and emotional bridge between the divide of the common perception and emotional reality. Refugees too often live in darkness, on the fringe of our society; This exhibit is a chance to welcome them into the light and to hear and celebrate their incredible stories.

About our Charity ARDC:
The African Refugee Development Center is a grassroots, community-based non profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum-seekers and Israeli citizen in order to protect, assist, and empower African refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel. Founded by a political refugee from Ethiopia, ARDC began its work as a humanitarian aid organization, helping the thousands of African asylum-seekers fleeing to Israel, providing new arrivals with shelter, food, and medical attention. in 2009, ARDC began offering language classes, psycho-social support, and paralegal assistance as community needs shifted and long-term needs became increasingly necessary.

Since 2014, ARDC has shifted its focus to capacity building and empowerment in an effort to fortify community resilience. ARDC now offers community leadership courses, has increased advocacy efforts and has expanded its community outreach to many cities outside Tel Aviv. ARDC builds personalized education plans for each client, and offers a wide range of education opportunities, from preparatory courses aimed at helping students access higher education (such as GED and TOEFL) and scholarships for university students, to vocational and skills-based workshops aimed at empowering the community and providing access to better employment opportunities.

To date, the ARDC has served over 10,000 asylum seekers from a number of countries, including Eritrea, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and the Ivory Coast.

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