The village was named in memory of Adiel Zwebner, an Ayalim co-founder who died in a tragic diving accident just before the student village opened.
Today, with another ten student villages built throughout the Negev and the Galilee, Adiel village has become the heart of Ayalim and the permanent home of the movement.
There are currently 60 students from Ben Gurion University living in Adiel and volunteering in the area. They live in mobile homes and in ecological homes mage out of mud bricks. The students operate family centers in Ashalim, Tlalim and the Bedouin village Bir Hadaj.
Currently, Ayalim is expanding the village by building additional student housing and erecting public buildings which will be used by various entrepreneurs and activists from all over the Negev.
The Ayalim Association sees social involvement as one of the most meaningful way for students to connect with their surroundings and their neighbors. The Association therefore acts to foster continuous relationships between the students and various populations in the periphery. Today, the students of Ayalim are working with more then 20,000 children in the Negev and the Galilee.