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Yemin Orde Graduate is Champion Archer; Will Compete in 2013 Maccabiah Games
Amlekeh Mekonen, 17, who recently graduated Yemin Orde Youth Village’s high school, is an internationally-ranked archer who will compete as a member of Israel’s national archery team in the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Amlekeh arrived in Israel in 2005 with his large family. The new immigrants struggled with cultural, health and financial obstacles in their new home; daily existence was rife with uncertainty, isolation and poverty. Despite these challenges, one thing was certain: education remained a priority.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Amelekeh found a safe haven at Yemin Orde Youth Village. The Village is located in the serene Carmel Forest region, south of Haifa. Yemin Orde’s dedicated staff encouraged Amelekeh to study hard and supported his dreams.
Amlekeh continued to sharpen his archery skills while he lived and attended school at the Village. After watching him practice, many of Amlekeh’
“Through archery, my world is expanding. I am thirsty for success and I want to expose this amazing sport to more kids at Yemin Orde,”
After competing in the Maccabiah games, Amlekeh will join the Israel Defense Force, where he hopes to serve in the Israeli Navy. His future career plans include acting and, “of course, more archery competitions.”
The Maccabiah Games are also known as the Jewish Olympics. This year’s events are expected to attract roughly 30,000 spectators and host 9,000 athletes from over 70 countries, making it the largest Maccabiah Games in history.
Fundraising efforts of Friends of Yemin Orde help support the day-to-day expenses for the excellent education and quality care and programs for the children and graduates of Yemin Orde. This includes extra-curricular activities such as recreation (archery, swimming, soccer), uninsured medical treatment (orthodontics)