by Hannah Flaherty
Special for SNH
My name is Hannah Flaherty. I’m 20 years old and I spent the summer interning at the Ethiopian National Project (ENP) in Jerusalem. ENP is a non-profit dedicated to providing additional educational assistance to Ethiopian-Israeli children in an effort to help them integrate fully into Israeli society. Working with ENP was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had and I am grateful to have gained that opportunity.
My job consisted primarily of helping out in the main ENP office, located on King George Street, in the heart of Jerusalem. Along with three other interns and under the guidance of Grace and Ariella, the two directors of International Relations, I worked five days a week preparing ENP for the upcoming school year.
My responsibilities included applying for grants to fund the ENP SPACE (School Performance and Community Empowerment) program, which is their main program for promoting academic success. Additionally, I was tasked with getting the testimonies of the medical students who are supported by ENP and aiding in any other projects that required extra assistance.
Despite spending most of my time in the office, I was still able to see the impact that my work and the work of ENP has on the Ethiopian-Israeli community. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two programs where I interacted with many of the children that ENP supports. On one of the days, there was even a pop-up planetarium that the children could explore to learn about outer space. Seeing how excited these kids got over education and hearing their stories was a surreal experience. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with ENP this summer. Knowing that my work has positively impacted the lives of thousands of Ethiopian- Israeli children is so incredible, and it is a feeling I will keep with me forever.