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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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Helping Families in Need

*Noam is a happy little boy with a positive disposition, and always manages to put a smile on people’s faces. Since he was six months old, Noam has attended the same CHW daycare. When Noam was two years old, he sprang into daycare one morning and announced that he was going to be a big brother!

Sadly, months later, Noam’s mother gave birth to a stillborn. One year later, Noam’s mother gave birth to a baby girl with Down Syndrome. The little girl’s condition was very severe and required her to attend a specialized daycare that could best care for her needs.

Noam took this very hard. At his young age, he could not comprehend why his baby sister could not come to daycare with him. Noam struggled to understand why his sister was different. Noam shared that he wanted her with him so that he could ‘watch over her’ as her proud big brother.

The manager of the daycare saw a major change in Noam and was concerned for his well being. Noam had retreated from his friends, he became antisocial, he no longer smiled and played, and there were noticeable changes in his development.

As the daycare offers specialized home services, the manager approached Noam’s parents in order to provide them with the right tools to help their son. Noam’s parents agreed that they were struggling coping with their new situation. The daycare brought in a psychologist and social worker to help Noam during the day and also to counsel his parents in order to have the right skills to assist Noam while at home.

After a few weeks, Noam’s parents, the manager, and the caregivers began to see positive changes in Noam as he was slowly returning to his old ways. Noam slowly began to reengage with his friends and regain his cheerfulness.

At the age of three, Noam left the daycare to enter kindergarten. Noam left as a happy and well-adjusted little boy. One year later, Noam’s mother returned to the daycare as she had given birth to her third child, a healthy baby girl and wanted to enroll her in the same daycare Noam had attended as she knew she would receive the best level of care.

Noam’s mother shares that she and her family will never forget the special care and attention they received from the daycare during their challenging time. To them, the daycare is an extension of their own family.

*Name changed for confidentially

Caring for Elka

For 100 years, CHW has cared for children, and while circumstances may change over the years, CHW’s dedication to their needs has remained unwavering. Through our support of six daycares throughout Israel, children are nurtured and protected in a loving and enriching home environment.

Elka is one little girl whose life was changed through our daycares. Sadly, while Elka’s mother was pregnant, her father was killed during active service in the IDF while fighting in Gaza. Elka’s mother was devastated and when she was born, her mother immediately rejected her.

For the first few months of Elka’s life, her mother refused to pick her up leaving her to cry herself to sleep. Finally, Elka was taken in by her aunt and uncle to be raised; though they already had six children of their own.

When Elka was five months old her aunt needed to return to work as she could only take a short time off when first taking in her niece. Elka’s aunt decided to enroll her into a WIZO operated daycare; a place she had sent all six of her children and was confident in.

Elka immediately took to her new environment; smiling and laughing as she learned to crawl and even took her first steps in the daycare! Elka has grown into a well-adjusted little girl who is happy and loves to draw!

CHW was there to provide excellent care and a sense of hope for Elka and her family in their time of need. In a CHW daycare, children receive an enriching education, specialized programs to promote the development of their physical and motor skills, and well-balanced nutritious meals daily.

Grants of Excellence

CHW Nahalal Youth Village was among the four WIZO Schools to receive grants of excellence from the Israel Ministry of Education as a result of the high achievements of their students this year. This was the second year that CHW Nahalal Youth Village has received this grant!

CHW Nahalal Students

CHW Nahalal students

This incredible achievement defines CHW Nahalal as a leading school in Israel. Some examples of the outstanding students from CHW Nahalal include Jenya, a Na’aleh child who came from Moscow to Israel in the hopes of a better future. Jenya is a dedicated student who has been excelling since her arrival at CHW Nahalal. She is planning to go to the Technion following graduation!


Lin, a CHW Nahalal student

Lin is another excellent student, originally from the north. Lin’s dream is to join one of the most elite units in the IDF, the Information Technology Unit. Lin knew that coming to Nahalal to be a part of the Anieres-Nahalal Program was her only chance to fulfill her dream.

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive congratulated the students and teachers, and expressed, “At WIZO, our teachers and the educational staff create bridges every day for our students to create better and happier lives for themselves.”

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Our Daycares are Changing Lives, One Child at a Time: Maya’s Story

Maya arrived at a CHW Daycare when she was only two years old, after being referred by Welfare Services. Maya is originally from Ethiopia, and was being raised by her maternal grandmother. Her mother was suffering from severe depression, and had attempted suicide when Maya was only a few months old.

When Maya initially came to the daycare, she was a scared and shy child. Maya did not speak a word of Hebrew, and the only language that she knew was Amharic. Maya refused to let go of her grandmother, and did not want to be left alone. Initially, Maya showed no interest in playing with the other children, preferring only to sit by herself.

The caregivers tried very hard to support Maya’s needs and encourage her to play with the other children. They would spend additional one-on-one time with her, ensuring that she was eating, sleeping, and developing. However, Maya was still an unhappy child.

One special caregiver, an Ethiopian woman named Semu, decided to take Maya into her care. She spoke to Maya in her native language, combined with a few Hebrew words in an effort to teach Maya the language. After a few weeks and with a great deal of patience, Maya said her first Hebrew word, “smile.”

This, Semu shares, was the turning point for Maya. The moment Maya said her first word in Hebrew, Maya began speaking. She would combine Hebrew and Amharic when talking with the other children. Maya became more extroverted and happy, making new friends and playing while at daycare.

Maya’s grandmother is amazed by her transformation and incredibly thankful for the daycare’s unconditional support. In fact, Maya is now teaching her grandmother Hebrew in their home!

The names have been changed for anonymity.