Tevel has an innovative and proven model for integrating international Jewish volunteers in long-term, top-quality development work in impoverished communities in the developing world. 

Villages before Tevel

  • Villages were only able to grow food for 4-8 months a year and went hungry during other months
  • Children were stunted due to malnutrition
  • Farmers used chemical pesticides and fertilizers that degraded the soil and poisoned the environment
  • Villagers were often forced to migrate to find money for basic food, and were exploited outside their communities
  • Most women were illiterate and afraid to assert themselves, while shouldering a heavy load of responsibility for their family
  • Youth dreamed of a better life and a more just society, but lacked awareness of how to achieve those dreams
  • Teachers lacked training and taught by rote and repetition. The result: a high percentage of dropouts in grade school as well as high school
  • The community was unable to access resources they deserve from local and national governments

Villages After Tevel

  • Agriculture yield doubles or triples: Grow enough crops for consumption and commercial sale
  • Children eat a nutritious diet
  • Farmers use organic farming methods preserving the environment and utilizing existing resources
  • Women are able to read and stand up for themselves, to connect with other women and to take leadership positions within the community
  • Youth are working together to create a vision for new life for themselves and their community, and connect to youth in other communities to create a movement for change
  • Schools have become centers of learning for the entire community
  • Villagers are organized and able to access regional and national governmental resources

The village is transformed from a shattered form of living to a strong, viable community able to grow and to spread its knowledge to other villages.