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Bat El Asmara
17, Talpiot

"At Malkat Shva you have a place to learn about who you are and where youíve come from. Itís like opening up an encyclopedia, you can just come and learn about your heritage."

Havtam Wondemogen
17, Talpiot

"This project gave me a lot and because of it I feel whole. It caused me to be proud of my heritage and to show others, Ethiopians as well as others, how amazing our culture and heritage is."

Getacho Vandemajin
18, Kiryat Menahem

"I arrived from Ethiopia at the age of ten. I participate in the theater, song and dance classes! The center talks to me because it is about my culture. I feel a real sense of connection!"

Yafa Daga
18, Kiryat Menahem

"I arrived in Israel at the age of one and a half, so I don't really know anything about Ethiopia. Now that I am in this project I feel more connected with my roots."

Targa'elem Almayho
16, Talpiot

"I live to be in the Malkat Shva Center because I have so much fun there and the kids are so sweet! I feel a sense of community and identity, a connection to my culture."

Talahun Tedessa
19, Kiryat Menahem

"I connect with the people in the theater group in a deeper way than I've ever achieved before. I'm also learning how to integrate my Ethiopian side with my Israeli side."

Neges Darsia
16, Kiryat Menahem

"I arrived in Israel when I was seven years old. I come to the Malkat Shva Center for self-actualization, and to learn how to overcome stage fright!"

Meme Gabatia
17, Kiryat Menahem

"Since I have been coming, I feel more open and extroverted, and handle myself better in social and academic situations. I wish Malkat Shva could be all over the country!"

Yitzhak Damasia
18, Kiryat Menahem

"I emigrated to Israel at the age of two. I come to the Center because it allows me to loosen up through acting."

Rafael Gasasa
17, Kiryat Menahem

"I am waiting excitedly to enlist in the army in another two years. I love coming to the Center because it's fun and unites us all. I also love to come and see Tracey!"

Rivka Beyne
16, Talpiot

"The plays we are producing are so real - I connect with them when I am observing everyday life. I'm devoted to my two groups, that we should all rise and succeed!"

Sami Abera
17, Kiryat Menahem

"This place is an adventure! I came here to learn new techniques for overcoming my shyness, and now I love to participate. There's a real sense of community."

Getao Beyne
19, Kiryat Menahem

"I have so much fun in class... no one is embarrassed here because we are all Ethiopians, learning and working together. This class gives me a sense of power and pride."

Alamtzai Beyne
16, Talpiot

"I love to act! I feel good about myself when i come to the centre - this place gives me and my friends a real sense of pride!"

Orelle Berihun
18, Kiryat Menahem

"I love to come and participate in the Malkat Shva center. Being here makes me feel so proud!"