In 2004, Machshava Tova established its first Technology Center in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. Since then, our computer lessons became one of the organization's core activities. Throughout the years, Machshava Tova founded 10 centers in Jerusalem, Lod, and Kiryat Yam. Following the accelerated strengthening of the communities in some of the neighborhoods, 3 of these centers were closed.
Today, Machshava Tova operates 7 Technology Centers. Each of them comprises a home for the community in which it is located. The centers offer various activities. During the day, the centers host children, youth, and young adults seeking employment. In the afternoon the centers offer services and enrichment activities to people with special needs and the elderly, and in the evening the centers are filled with youth and adults who take part in a variety of programs, classes and activities.
Each center adjusts its services and programs according to the residents' needs. In addition, several hours every week are dedicated to "free surfing" time, open to the general public to enjoy leisure surfing on the internet, search for employment, do schoolwork, play games, and expand their horizons. All of our centers are staffed by a devoted team of educators. Each center has 14-20 computers, a projector and a screen, or a teacher's computer control station for classes.
The centers are operated by a Manager, a National Service volunteer, and other volunteers, who accompany our activities for many years.
Yad Sarah, Beit HaKerem
Was established in 2014 in order to provide the residents of the city of Jerusalem with a convenient center that is also fully accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly.
The Kiryat Menachem Technology Center was founded in 2006 in collaboration with the Ganim Neighborhood Administration. The Ganim neighborhood was originally established in the 1950's for immigrants from Asia and Africa. Today, it is home to numerous underprivileged families who are welfare dependent.
The Ramot Center in Jerusalem was founded in 2007 with the help of the Asper Foundation. In addition, Machshava Tova operates an advanced Computer Repair Laboratory in the Community Administration that is used for training purposes and for refurbishing used computers which are later donated to the community. The operation of the Center is done with the cooperation of the Asper Foundation
Wadi al-Joz, East Jerusalem
The Wadi al-Joz Computer Center was founded in 2009 with the support of the Jerusalem Fund and the Ghost Fund for Peace. The center serves the community of East Jerusalem and provides adequate activities in Arabic, that commensurate with the residents' needs. In recent years, the center focuses mainly on designated courses for employment and youth at risk.
"Ledorot" City Library, Lod
The Machshava Tova Lod Center was founded in 2009. Due to the city's high unemployment rates, the center focuses on occupational potential building and integration in the workforce. The center offers a variety of courses, in line with the community's and local businesses' specific needs. Additional target populations of the center are local youth and children. The center practices a comprehensive approach to computer proficiency, which emphasizes computer training at a young age as a base for future personal and occupational advancement and financial stability that will also be conducive to the city's development. In 2014 we expanded the center's scope of operation following the renovation of the adjacent Computer Laboratory. Today, the Laboratory also serves as an innovative and advanced computer classroom.
The Northern District
The Ethiopian Heritage Center, Kiryat Yam
Machshava Tova's Computer Center in Kiryat Yam, was established in 2012 in the Ethiopian Heritage Center in the city. Kiryat Yam is home to approximately 48,000 residents, about a quarter of them are new immigrants, mainly from Ethiopia and the Caucasus. Since its foundation, the center served hundreds of residents, providing various courses and training. We focus mainly on youth and children and courses that cater to new immigrants.
Kaukab Abu al-Hija
Machshava Tova has been operating in Kaukab Abu al-Hija Village in the Northern District of Israel since May 2016.
Machshava Tova established a Technology Center in the village's Education Campus which provides services for various populations, ranging from children in kintergraden to senior residents.
Machshava Tova has been operating in Afula since 2012, and opening courses for various populations living in the city, such as children, youth, employment-seekers, populations with special needs and senior citizens. Residents of Afula and the surrounding area can enjoy the activity in the computer classrooms that are situated throughout the city, in the branches of the Shchakim-WIZO network, Poznak House and the renovated Eshkol House.