In brief

The Jaffa Institute offers a tennis programme to give the children in their programmes the opportunity to exercise, gain new skills and bond with one another in a new setting. The aim is to help children develop skills such as perseverance, focus and self-esteem. 

Problem to be tackled

The Jaffa Institute operates in some of the most deprived and poverty-stricken areas in Israel, where the unemployment rate is double that of Israel’s overall census and at least 50% of the households live below the poverty line. Children living in poverty are exposed to stressful and often dangerous circumstances, many of whom are confronted with community and family violence, including neglect and/or abuse, along with marginalisation from other children and various other forms of trauma; participation gives the beneficiaries access to various social, physical and mental health benefits of sport.