Success Story: Precious Udoh
Twenty-three-year-old native-born Israeli Precious Udoh is an ASO staff member and its Chief Marketing Officer. At Tel Aviv University, she is in her final year as a Digital Society Studies major. She finds the program “interesting and enriching because it combines theoretical and practical aspects of communication and sociology studies.”
At age six, her parents returned for a year to Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, with her and an infant sister. When her parents had returned to Israel with her sister, Precious stayed in Nigeria and moved in with her aunts and grandparents. At age ten, “I started visiting my family in Israel and at age 13 I decided to stay with them.”
“I graduated from Bialik Rogozin High School in Tel Aviv with top grades so when I failed my first year at the university as a biology major, I was humbled and switched to my current major. I had thought everything was easily achieved as in high school, but to succeed, I learned to be intentional about goals and work hard even when feeling self-doubt. So, I try to learn from every experience whether good or bad.” ‘We grow through what we go through’ (source unknown).” Though my teachers, parents, and peers never pressured me to earn a college degree, I felt obliged to take this path, which proved to be one of the best things I have done so far.
American singer-songwriter Beyonce Carter Knowles is a mentor and inspiration to Precious “because she is hardworking and focuses on her career and family goals and on achieving them. I also want to succeed in my career and in my social and family life.”
In the last year, Precious has “been passionate about creating quality relationships with friends and family, emotional fulfillment by doing something powerful, expanding my world view, and being more open-minded and accepting of differences.” Self-growth and self-improvement are critical to Precious who “loves to talk about how we can be better people and do more for ourselves, our friends, our families, and society. Once I graduate, I aim to find a job where I can apply what I have learned and that offers emotional and financial fulfillment.”
Welcome to the annual review newsletter of the African Students Organization (ASO). Over the last year, we introduced new academic projects, expanded our student enrollment and proudly congratulated our ten students on successful completion of their academic programs.
We look forward to an even better year in 2019 and appreciate your continued support!
Congratulations to our 2018 graduates
We shared in the accomplishment of our four students who received their bachelor’s degrees and one who received his master’s degree from IDC Herzliya as well as a sixth student who received his Bachelor degree from the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan.
Taj Haroun is from Darfur, Sudan. He fled Darfur because of genocide and systematic persecution, and he arrived in Israel in 2008 searching for freedom and a place to call home. Taj was involved in activism to promote a better understanding about African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel
After 3 years of his stay in Israel he applied to study Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. Going to a prestigious school such as IDC was not easy thing for an asylum seeker. Luckily, Taj met with Joey Low who supports African students pursuing higher education in Israel. With Joey’s support and Taj’s hard work, Taj successfully graduated from IDC Herzliya and did his MA in Tel-Aviv University.
Taj and a few others founded The African Students Organization in Israel -ASOI. It is an organization that supports refugees and asylum seekers in achieving their academic aspirations . Taj was unanimously chosen to be the CEO of our organization. He was chosen because of his leadership, diligence and wisdom. Taj is a great leader who maintains friendly and professional relationship with all the members of the organization.
On March 18th, 2019, Taj left Israel for Canada to pursue a better life. In his send-off party he said : “You are my family”. Taj created a family in ASO. He paved the way for many Africans to pursue higher education. He believed that even with difficulties, if we have each other we can overcome all. We thank him for his enormous contribution in our lives and wish him luck in his new journey.
It’s a New year! This is how we welcome 2019!
What a night! Adam Khalid, Asmal Abdu, Hussein Zakaria, and Hamad Ishak invited us to their end of year dinner and we are so impressed by the five-course meal and beautiful presentation.
Anyway, ASO hope you had great 2019!
Again, it is the beginning of a new academic year 2018! ASO is privileged to present to you our new students class of 2018 – 2021. Students studying in various academic disciplines in different universities in Israel. ASO is thankful to all those that support our cause. We believed with your ongoing support we will be able to double the numbers of students next year.
Approximately 10,000 African asylum seekers work as support staff in restaurants throughout Israel. With a certification in cooking, at one of the most renowned institutions in Israel, our students have the chance to expand their roles as support staff in the kitchen and take on greater responsibilities and leadership roles. Currently,there are five asylum seekers enrolled in Danon Culinary Academy in Israel. We look forward to enrolling many more. We know that our community is already a vital contributor to Israel’s globally-recognized food culture. Through a degree from Danon Culinary Academy their opportunities within the industry grows, their contribution will become even more recognized nationally and globally
ASO is proud to congratulate our very own Aron Weldehirit on his successful completion of his BA in business administration majoring in finance from IDC Herzliya! Aron, a co-founder, and part of ASO’s original cohort of students, currently serves as the manager of finance for the ASO team. Aron is continuing his studies and pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at IDC Herzliya.
Aron was born and raised in Biet-tsion, Eritrea. In 2008, fearing the dictatorship and oppressive regime, Aron fled Eritrea. After traveling through Sudan and Egypt, Aron found his way to Israel and spent his initial years in the country working as a cook in a restaurant in Tel Aviv. Aron now lives in Herzliya and is one of ASO’s co-founders and initial students. Though Aron has no legal status in Israel and is still living on a two-month work visa, he is working hard to further his education and that of others in the asylum-seeking community. We are so excited for your successes today and for continued success in the future!