Who we are

“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens
in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”

– Nelson Mandela

In Memoriam: David Macarov – Ph.D Professor Emeritus and ‘Father of Life Tools’

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 10.24.53Full time fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, David was a lecturer in the International Educational Development circuit and an author of 13 books and 58 peer-reviewed articles. He was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the University of Mongolia (2008), the Paul Baerwald prize for contributions to social work & welfare (2009), and the Swedener award for contributions to social development (2010). His life mission was to advocate and push the Youth Village module forward for poverty stricken nations, particularly in Africa and Asia, by adapting it according to regional needs. He was dedicated, humane and a source of inspiration to all who had had the privilege to have known him.

We’ll forever cherish the dear friendship and collaboration we built over the years and intend to uphold his legacy by advancing on his ideas to make the world a better and safer place, in- and outside of Israel, for the many disadvantaged and refugee children.



Marion Frankenhuis, marionfrankenhuis@gmail.com
As her parents lost family in the second-world war, Marion realizes the critical importance of being able to grow up in safety. Now Mother of three daughters and several grandchildren herself, Marion is strongly committed to do whatever she can to safeguard other children. As a teacher Marion works with people from various backgrounds in programs to support immigrants integrate into society.

Ex president of the Dutch and European Youth Aliyah, Marion was first inspired about the potential of Youth Villages after spending a month working in one, where she met professor David Macarov. Their ensuing discussion focused on how to find a way to promote the large-scale Youth Village module worldwide for many more children.


Paul King, info@paulkingfilm.com
Paul is an internationally experienced documentary filmmaker. The Centre for Global Development uses his film work as a showcase for international poverty alleviation. For Paul making films is a sure way to rouse social awareness for urgent social issues. Paul lived in an English boarding school from the age of 7 till 10, and was later moved to Ben-Shemen youth village in Israel. This first hand experience of how youth villages and boarding schools work has convinced him there is a real need to rethink residential education.

‘I believe in the youth village module because it is a successful, affordable & flexible means to combat poverty and build fragmented communities from the bottom up, which can be implemented anywhere in the world in a short time span to create lasting chances and good lives for kids and adults.’


Dr. Haim Peri – Director Emeritus of Yemin Orde Youth Village

Chaim Peri served as educator and director of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel for 30 years, touching the lives of thousands of at-risk children, both immigrant and Israeli born and acted as a Chief adviser in the setting up the Agohozo Shalom Children’s Village project in Rwanda. Today, he serves as Founder of Yemin Orde’s Village Way Educational Initiatives and oversees the expansion of the successful Village Way educational methodology into 36 of Israel’s youth villages, public high schools and therapeutic residential communities. By 2021, VWEI plans to expand to 59 educational communities in Israel, serving 25,000 youth.



Prof. Emmanuel Grupper Associate Professor at Ono Academic College, Israel, Vice President of FICE International and PRESIDENT FICE ISRAEL:

Prof. Emmanuel Grupper is a world-renowned expert in the fields of education and care for children and adolescents in internal and external settings. Since 2018 he has served as the president of the International Boarding Education Organization FICE.

Leading the Israeli national section of FICE, Developping contacts and bilateral seminars between Israeli residential professionals and colleagues from other countries. Previously, Prof. Grupper served as Director of the Department of Boarding Education at the Ministry of Education and at the same time as a lecturer and head of the program for the promotion and treatment of at-risk youth at Beit Berl Academic College. ‘I am currently working on studying negative effects of covid-19 on children and young people, such as decrease in their learning outcomes and increase in dropout rate. In addition, studying the way of functioning of staff and children in out of home care during the covid 19 pandemic’.



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