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DARE TO SHARE (Latet Pe): dare to shares goal is to reduce sexual abuse in the religious orthdox community

Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

It is hard to speak about sexual harassment in any community, especially in a closed community like the orthodox jewish community in Israel. But studies show that In an educated environment the chances of sexual abuse are reduced by more than 80%. Dare To Share is geared on making this change.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

If we succeed than all the children in the religious community in Israel, and from there all the children in Israel will grow up in a more secure and emotionally healthy enviorment.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

1.One out of each three girls and one out of six boys suffer sexual harassment in the religious orthodox community. 2.The natural tendency of closed communities is to cover up any scandals because of the risk to the reputation of the community, 3.The lack of any programs for young religious children and the lack of any program that addresses all the elements in the community: children parents teachers and spiritual and lay leaders.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Elementary schools in the religious society in Israel tend to be more communal than the higher schools and so the focus of many religious communities is on elementary education. The key to the religious communities in Israel is through the elementary schools. Being the only program that deals with all the elements in the community Dare to share built five stages to approach the community: 1.Preparatory meetings with the spiritual leadership within the community. 2.Activities within each class geared towards the level of understanding of each age group. 3.Workshops the teachers deliver 4.Lecture for the parents 5.A performance to the whole school including theatrical skits, music, song and humor that express the newfound empowerment
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

An ultra orthodox school experienced sexual abuse among fifth grade students. Dare to share was invited to deal with the issues . Initially teachers resisted the call to disscuss sexuality and issues of abuse. They feard that opening this discussion would currupt more than cure. Dare to shares initial work with the religious leadership within the community enabled the program to have the legitimacy that it needed. Once the program was implemented reports of many cases of abuse surfaced, the issue was discussed in depth at every level and the school and the community are now immeasurably more secure than they were.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Till now every community that has hosted dare to share has benefited. The children believe in their own assertiveness feel more protected by their parents and their teachers and the channel of communication on sexual issues with grownups allows this subject to stay open and relevant. during its initial year (2014-5) dare to share have served five schools and communities, reaching over 1500 students, over 400 parents and dozens of teachers. currently the program is operated by 6 directors, 3 male and 3 females as religious schools have separate classes and are sensitive to gender issues.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In the year 2016 will serve 14 communities, train 18 counselors to participate in the project and enable its expansion to many more communities in the coming years. The ultimate aim is to drastically reduce sexual harassment in all communities in Israel. The Israeli ministry of education has already expressed great enthusiasm for the aims content and methods of the projects. Five years from now we want dare to share to reach 300 schools. Our final goal is to become part of the curriculum in every school, community and teachers training courses in Israel.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project is financially supported by private donors and by each school/community in which the project is implemented. . The israeli ministry of education has helped fund projects in some communities and we hope this help will grow. The final goal is to need only 30% philanthropic assistance and mainly be paid by the schools (assised by the ministry). As to now we are now funded by 50% philanthropy.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is a lack of any programs for young religious children and the lack of any program that addresses all the elements in the community: children parents teachers and spiritual and lay leaders of the community. The issues of young children and sexuality are not addressed at all in the religious community in Israel. The only programs available are for teenagers and these program address either students, parents or teachers.

Founding Story

After working with a team of therapists led by Nitay Melamed in an ultra orthodox settlement where many children were harrased shneor understood that children will never reveal anything the grownups around them cannot contain and deal with, and the knowledge and emotional assurance that they can share and reveal experiences without being judged can actually help them stay safe. Joined by manager Ran Yehoshua the project was launched in 5 religious schools and the holistic community model was formed.


In 2015 our team consisted of 6 directors, 3 male and 3 females as religious schools have separate classes and are sensitive to gender issues. 18 additional directors will join the team in 2016 after completing an intensive course. Ran Yehoshua is the CEO, and being an actor and singer, he has enriched the project and added original skits and songs which have given the program a special affect. Walker- a qualified psychodrama therapist, and Yehoshua- a singer, actor and an industrial management engineer are part time workers but give full time attention to the project. In the board we have religious rabbi's and lay leaders, two senior religious psychologists, and a lawyer.