Melisa Goldfinger was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a lawyer who specializes in public international law. Melisa is the youngest of three sisters, one of whom was born with Down syndrome. Her goal has always been to achieve inclusion of people with special needs in society. In 1999, Melisa’s mother created Heme Aqui (Hineni), the first school of life for people with special needs through golf. Melisa has been involved with this association ever since and now serves as its Executive Coordinator. She has been chanicha, madricha and rosh chinuch for Taglit-Israel. She has participated in March of the Living and was selected to attend the prestigious course at Yad Vashem for Latin American educators. Melisa is a very committed, charismatic and friendly person who loves to study and to generate new projects. She thinks that a better world is possible and each one of us is responsible for bringing this about. That is why she has chosen to work for Heme Aqui and help improve the lives of the students, their families and society at large by making it more fair and equal.
HEME AQUI is an association that educates and integrates people with special needs through golf. It created golf therapy, a state of the art methodology to achieve the inclusion of people with special needs in society by developing their self-esteem, their sense of belonging and their physical, mental and social skills. Melisa is the Executive Coordinator of Heme Aqui. She is responsible for supervising the implementation of its methodology in the different Heme Aqui schools around the world. Heme Aqui runs activities with the students’ families, music therapy and tournaments. Among the amazing results of this system are students who started to talk and to cultivate friends. Families and people without special needs are impacted when they see proud and well-behaved Heme Aqui students on a golf course, displaying winning attitudes. Heme Aqui has opened more than 10 schools of golf therapy in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and recently in the U.S., and has impacted hundreds of people with special needs and their families. Melisa’s goal is to open a Heme Aqui/Hineni school in Israel.