Negev Rising enhances the quality and dignity of life of individuals and families by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through integration within a young, warm and caring community.
Mitzpe Ramon is the most peripheral town in Israel. Located in the Negev region, a town endowed with unique stunning natural landscapes, is home to the Ramon Crater, the exclusive Beresheet Hotel, the observatory and the endangered wild Ibex colonies, all of which attract a significant number of visitors from all over the world each year.
However, this does not portray the stark reality of day-to-day life in the town. Mitzpe Ramon is 85km from the closest city, Beer Sheva, far from many essential services. For many years, there has been negative migration from the town due to a lack of employment opportunities. Families that decided to stay did so simply because they could not afford to leave. Today, 30% of Mitzpe Ramon's residence are families from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Negev Rising, established in 2007, as a charitable organisation with the mission to invest in and develop the community. The aim was to make Mitzpe Ramon a more desirable place to live and to attract new families to the area. Part of the work involves integrating families from low socio-economic backgrounds into a warm and supportive community. The community was assembled from young quality couples, some with sustainable jobs and some during academic studies, who share Negev Rising's pioneering vision of developing the town and who can embrace a more complex environment. Negev Rising's aim is to improve the quality of life of families within the town, especially those from low socio-economic backgrounds by integrating them within the community. The organisation runs activities, which are designed to attract all ages from early childhood to the elderly and has introduced many different initiatives. Negev Rising seeks to create equal opportunities for as many residents as possible.