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In the 1980’s, after several years of successful program implementation in Israel, the Ford Foundation offered Dr. Avima Lombard, the founder of the HIPPY program, the opportunity to export the HIPPY program.
Within the next 2 years, local HIPPY programs were started in the US, the Netherlands and South Africa. Each of these required some cultural adaptations, yet the core HIPPY model remained consistent. And, in each of these countries, as evaluation results were released and news of the programs’ successful outcomes spread, the number of local programs grew leading to the establishment of national entities. In 2000, Dr. Miriam Westheimer, founder of HIPPY USA, created a network of the existing HIPPY national programs.
Today HIPPY operates in 15 countries in 7 languages.