HalevAfrica’s mission is to give orphans and vulnerable children the necessary educational opportunities to lift themselves up from extreme poverty long term.
Ayelet Israeli-Aharonof founded HalevAfrica (The Heart of Africa) in January 2019. A social entrepreneur, dance teacher, holistic health consultant and mother of two, on her 50th birthday Ayelet decided to go on a personal volunteering journey to an orphanage in Tanzania. There she met children living in horrific conditions, neglected and without an education.
Social workers brought some of the children to the orphanage, many of them after their parents had died of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, whilst others were abandoned by parents who could no longer afford to care for them.
This life-changing experience led Ayelet to leave behind her previous business and lifestyle and begin dividing her time between Tanzania and Israel.
Her desire to help the orphans she met was absolute and unwavering. She founded HalevAfrica together with an equally passionate team of Israeli partners — all united in the belief that a better world is possible and that we should always take action to repair and improve the lives of others, pursuing the Jewish principle of “Tikkun Olam”.
Since then, and with the support of the many loving hearts who have joined the HalevAfrica family, the organization has evolved from helping a small group of children to supporting hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children, families and communities from across Tanzania.
In 2022, Ayelet was recognized for her humanitarian work as one of ten
Israelis doing the most good abroad by the Israeli news website Ynet.
Meet the passionate people behind our mission,
who go above and beyond for our children.
co-founder & Technology manager
Kami Nir Fridman
founder & CEO
Emanuel Steven Kessy
Ally Said Kaniki
local team manager
Veronica Saimon Lukumay