If you ever go to Shaare Zedek hospital, you’ll probably hear the name Dr. Maro Gete. That’s because he is a specialist ENT, and his story is incredible.

His life changed when he was just a kid

Born in Ethiopia, Gete immigrated to Israel at the age of nine and had his world turned upside down. “I remember the moment we landed in Israel, and I didn’t understand where I was,” he told a reporter at Ynet. He had never gone to school, he did not know how to read, and he certainly did not know any Hebrew.

“My father always told us that education was the key,” Dr. Gete told a group of CAE students at Boys Town Jerusalem in March. So when he joined Boys Town Jerusalem, he knew he had to work hard.

He never stopped working towards his dream

With assistance from teachers, Gete graduated Boys Town Jerusalem in 2001 with honors. He then went on to serve in the IDF, becoming an officer in the Golani Brigade.

Soon after, Gete started studying at Ben Gurion University Medical School where he received his medical degree. When he started residency at Shaare Zedek, Dr. Gete would sleep at Boys Town Jerusalem’s dormitory, since his home in Beér Sheva was hours away.

Now living in Jerusalem with his wife and six children, Dr. Gete has achieved what his father always wanted for him.

“I had a very good experience at Boys Town Jerusalem… It helped me create a path that eventually led me to become a doctor.”

While education is a significant part of Boys Town Jerusalem, it is not the only thing we provide to nearly 1,000 boys every year. Find out what makes Boys Town Jerusalem more than a school.

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