In Mankind We Believe
Eitan Program provides an opportunity for teenagers from difficult backgrounds exempt from enlisting to join the army. The program supplies them with tools to have a full and meaningful service and provides them with a vocation as a mode of succeeding in life thereafter.
At the end of their service, the soldiers may choose out of three professional courses funded by FIDF and offered by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. They are then placed in a course according to availability and their own abilities. Upon completing technical and vocational training, the soldiers receive an official trade diploma, recognized by and given on behalf of the Ministry.
These recruits are supported by a system that provides a structure and a belief that they can excel, and during this experience, they discover new capabilities and gain tools that truly provide them with a second chance. The 2-10 month courses teach them a vocation, which helps them in their civilian lives as professionals in the job market. They are then incorporated into Israeli society and contribute to the safety, security, and economy of the country and the Jewish people as a whole.
- cost: $3,150 per soldier per course
- The Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and the IDF match the contribution with an additional $2,200 per soldier per course
- In 2013, 110 soldiers participated in the Eitan Program and helped open doors for their future.
Resolved to Succeed:
The Story of Nissim Siboni
Nissim Siboni was a success by all accounts at the age of 16. This all changed with one mistake: a visit to his hometown for the weekend, a violent fist fight, a friend’s betrayal, and an arrest. He then got a second chance when he began his military service...read more
"This project saves lives. If it didn’t exist, some of the people here would turn to crime, drugs, end up in prison. It gives them structure. I was one of them."
- Netanel Abramov, Eitan soldier
"We’re talking about a mission, here. It’s a moral mission for us and a moral mission for the army."
- Ophir Hacohen, Officer in Eitan Program