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The Students of CHW Hadassim and CHW Nahalal Have Graduated!

Mazel Tov to our remarkable children from both CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village and CHW Nahalal Youth Village who recently graduated!

This past week, both youth villages hosted graduation ceremonies for the grade 12 students.

Ze’ev Twito, Director of CHW Hadassim

Dr. Carmela Dekel, Chairperson of the Education Division, World WIZO.

At CHW Hadassim, 366 students graduated. As a result of your generous support, 63 students from the dormitories graduated.

Amongst the graduates, two arrived to CHW Hadassim when they were as young as seven years old, and CHW Hadassim is truly their home. David* and Mia* shared that their childhood and adolescence was spent at CHW Hadassim. Mia shared that “This is the most meaningful time of my life; I was always loved and cared for.”

Na’aleh Graduates!

This was an extra special ceremony, as it was the first group of graduates from our beloved Na’aleh Program. Gad is one of the graduates.

Gad, a Na’aleh student

 

Gad arrived to CHW Hadassim three years ago when he was 15 years old. Gad recalls that during his first year, he was such an angry boy and very closed off. He had experienced anti-Semitism in France and never fit in at school. However, as Gad shares, “CHW Hadassim changed my life.” He turned from a negative child into a positive young man with hopes and dreams. Gads’ grades improved greatly from the time he arrived to CHW Hadassim; finding a passion for math and learning Hebrew. Gad has decided that Israel is his home and will spend next year volunteering before he enlists in the IDF to serve his country. Gad expressed, “The people at CHW Hadassim, my peers and the staff were such a wonderful influence on me and helped to make me who I am today. Thank you.”

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, with CHW Nahalal graduates!

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, with CHW Nahalal graduates!

At CHW Nahalal, Professor Rivka Lazovsky attended the ceremony that honoured 252 graduating students. This was a special ceremony as it also paid tribute David Horesh, Director of the youth village, who is retiring after over 20 years of dedication to CHW Nahalal.

David Horesh, Director of CHW Nahalal with Professor Rivka Lazovsky

Igal Dekel, CEO, World WIZO with David Horesh and Professor Rivak Lazovsky, as they award David for his dedication to CHW Nahalal.

*Names changed for confidentiality

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