dev1Life Tools achieved an initial goal – to ‘raise awareness of the large scale Youth Village concept’ through an educational 30-minutes documentary film. The pilot film portrays the experiences of Youth Village adolescents from various backgrounds including an Israeli girl, an African boy and a Palestinian girl.

The project was offered full support by the Residential Education & Care division at the Israeli Ministry of Education. This film is now being used to introduce Youth Villages and Life Tools to international child-care experts and potential donors.


Life Tools team traveled to Rwanda to film Africa’s first youth village ‘Agahozo Shalom’, (ASYV) – initially set up to shelter to 500 Youths orphaned in the genocide. Agahozo Shalom was initiated by the U.S based Heyman-Merrin Family Foundation, who together the American Joint Distribution Centre (JDC) initially spear-headed this Youth Village based on the Israeli model. In 2012 ASYV successfully presented it’s first graduates with their diploma’s. Living proof that the large scale youth village model is adaptable enough to be created in other countries outside of Israel.

For more information please visit the ASYV website.


Invited by FICE – the Federation of International Childcare Experts – Life Tools presented the foundation project and film to experts in the field of education in Denmark – Copenhagen university and Beit Berel University school of social work in Israel.


Life Tools completed editing the documentary film ‘Here is Hope.’ The film showcases the evolving experiences of children growing up in youth villages, including a Rwandan Teenager who  survived the genocide , an Israeli girl from an impoverished background, and an African boy saved after being sold into slavery.


Hy Huynh – Doctoral Candidate at Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University-
is from Vietnamese background. His parents were boat refugees from Vietnam who emigrated to the US.
Over the past five years, he has volunteered for and has taken on various leadership roles with a children’s shelter (orphanage) in Hue, Vietnam.

Inspired & warmly supported by Prof. Katherine Whetten – Duke University, he strongly advocates improving (rather than eradicating) institutional care environments in S.E. Asia. As a PhD candidate and graduate research assistant he’s conducting research on residential care institutions, among those the large-scale Youth Village module. Hy Huynh will use his findings in his dissertation.

His research interests include
– youth-led community development approaches
– positive youth development program design and evaluation
– evidence-based research regarding the impact of orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) care environments on youth development and well-being.
– focus on positive youth development and civic engagement strategies.

> New Directions in Orphan and Vulnerable Children Policy and Research: A Focus on Supporting “Suitable” Institutions When Placement Is “Necessary” for a Child. (PDF)

Our current objective is to create a seminar in  2017:

 ‘Practical training component in Youth Village methodology’

The concept is to invite 10 to 15 international childcare professionals from various countries to participate in a 10-day workshop in Israel.
The workshop will feature hands on introduction to various types of youth villages, focused lectures and networking between youth village experts & other childcare professionals. The goal is to facilitate guests with practical ‘hands on’ knowledge how various types of youth villages work. The desired outcome is to create a practical training component in YV methodology. This would further building a broad framework to facilitate discussion & explore & develop the youth village module as a proven ‘new way’ to support growing numbers of vulnerable children in other countries.

Life Tools Foundation 2017 Symposium

‘Advocating for Youth Villages as a proven method able to support many more Vulnerable Children around the World’