Twenty-two year old Rachel was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She made Aliyah with her family when she was just three months old and now lives in Ashdod with her parents and three siblings.

Rachel says that she has wanted to be a part of the medical profession for "as long as I can remember", but it was when she had the opportunity to work at Tel Hashomer during her national service that her conviction really took hold.

"I saw the dedication of the nursing staff around me, their ability to give, listen and help their patients. That's when I decided that I really wanted to become a nurse," she said.

Rachel heard about the Ethiopian Nursing Scholarship Program and applied for a place after completing her national service.

Despite the extra pressure of distance learning imposed by COVID, Rachel successfully completed the preparatory (mechina) program in June 2020.

She says that without the support provided by the program, she would not have made it through.

"It was challenging, but thanks to the program, I was able to overcome the difficulties of my studies. This program has really helped me academically and financially," Rachel says.

All of Rachel's cohort of 15 students have passed their preparatory year. The high success rate is a testament to the effectiveness of the program which has been specially tailored to address the cultural and socio-economic challenges experienced by Ethiopian Israeli students.

(My success) is thanks to your generous contribution to the program. I thank you for your help and support.

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