"The tiny seed knows that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, struggle to reach the light".
The Ariel project is a social business of in-school therapeutic gardening for children and youth at risk .. Founded over three years ago, as part of the MTA Social Business Entrepreneurship Hub, the project promotes an alternative method of handling students' emotional problems.
The project provides a nurturing, containing space for children and youth, where they feel safe to fee with emotional and social difficulties, and makes accessible for schools and parents a new therapeutic tool for effective treatment while connecting children to the values of nature conservation, and improving the school's natural environment.
Romi Canetti, co-founder of the project, is an MTA graduate (Economics and Management) and current manager of the Hub. She describes the therapeutic process: "The children saw, plant, till and create a magnificent garden which they are then responsible for, and which becomes a source of pride that improves their self-confidence and gives them a sense of success. This further fosters success in other areas, including educational achievements. We work inside the school because we believe this is a way to create true connection to an environment in which students spend many hours of the day. In this way our activity creates growing circles of influence: participants involve other students in caring for the garden, and every year lead a "Green Day" for the entire school".
Contact: The Ariel Project on Facebook.