Born from the aspiration to combat global poverty through Jewish values, Tevel, founded by journalist and rabbi Micha Odenheimer, emerged in 2007 with a service-learning program in Nepal, engaging young Israelis in immersive service learning experiences alongside local NGOs. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal Tevel refined its focus to village development, targeting the root causes of poverty in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on the challenges confronting subsistence farming communities.
Over the years, Tevel has positively impacted over 50,000 individuals in Nepal, Haiti, Burundi, and Zambia. The organization’s commitment centers on transitioning communities from subsistence farming to sustainable livelihoods, especially through small-scale commercial agriculture. Tevel collaborates with local institutions, mobilizing youth, empowering women, and supporting smallholder farmers to enhance community and systemic resilience. Today, Tevel continues transformative work in rural Zambian communities, applying a comprehensive approach to alleviate poverty and drive meaningful change.
Though originally inspired by Jewish teachings, Tevel is non-sectarian with employees, beneficiaries and volunteers coming from many different religious backgrounds. Tevel does not engage in missionary work of any kind.