History

In 2015, thirteen African asylum-seeking students met to discuss their key needs: tuition scholarships, student visas, and internships following graduation. They also discussed ways of outreach to the community to increase the number of students in higher education. In March 2017, the group organized and founded the African Students Organization in Israel and registered it as an NGO in Israel.

Our Founders

Alhaji Alpha Fofana
Alhaji Alpha FofanaFrom Ivory Coast
Aron Weldemhiret
Aron WeldemhiretFrom Eritrea
Abou Bakr Sako
Abou Bakr Sako From Ivory Coast
Barik Sale
Barik SaleFrom Sudan - Darfur
Dawit Demoz
Dawit DemozFrom Eritrea
Gabriel Thom
Gabriel Thom From South Sudan
Mutasim Ali
Mutasim Ali From Sudan - Darfur
Taj Haroun
Taj HarounFrom Sudan - Darfur
Tesfu Teweldemedhin Bariagab
Tesfu Teweldemedhin BariagabFrom Eritrea
Usumain Baraka
Usumain Baraka From Sudan - Darfur
Yikealo Beyene
Yikealo BeyeneFrom Eritrea

   Joey Low

Joey Low

Joey Low

In 2009, when African asylum seeker Adam Bashar from Sudan-Darfur was studying at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya he met Joey Low, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. Joey had established the NGO “Israel at Heart” to support Israeli students at IDC.

Adam told Joey of his journey to Israel, and Joey immediately connected with the asylum-seeking experience. Joey’s own mother was a refugee in Europe seeking asylum in many countries till she immigrated to the USA where Joey was born.

Adam introduced Joey to the Sudan-Darfur community in South Tel Aviv where he pledged to provide scholarships for asylum seekers qualified to study. Initially, Joey pioneered the “African Refugee Scholarship Program” to help students from Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan-Darfur enter IDC and complete programs there. Today, the program helps all African asylum seekers wherever they are studying in Israel. Joey also supports the African asylum seeking community by advocating for and championing them in the media and at public forums.

Joey is our education and empowerment backer, mentor, advocate, and booster; in short, Joey is our “angel!”