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Award Winning CHW Nahalal Student!

Liran Markin is a CHW Nahalal student who recently won a bronze medal at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI.) The annual prestigious science competition is comprised of 80 countries that send delegates to participate in Russia.

Liran

Liran is an integral part of the Israeli team which is comprised of four competitors, and have been trained by Dr. David Ginat from Tel Aviv University.

This was Liran’s second time attending the IOI and representing Israel. Moreover, this is Liran’s second bronze medal!

Liran shares, “Prior to travelling to the competition in Russia, we saw Yarden Gerbi’s win and Or Sasson’s win [in the Rio Olympics.] It was very exciting! I think that our team has the same sense of pride, despite the obvious difference in competitions – we all represent Israel.”

CHW wishes to congratulate Liran and the Israeli team for their excellent efforts and so positively representing Israel!

Link to Original Article: http://www.wizo.org/wizo-news/news/wizo-student-brings-home-olympic-bronze-medal.html

Coping with Terror in Israel

For nearly one year, Israel has been facing a wave of terror. While we have seen the impact our hospitals, Assaf Harofeh and Hadassah, have had on saving lives of victims of terror; we must also understand how the children in our projects are affected.

At the onset of this current wave of terror, World WIZO decided it was critical for its projects to follow a set of guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. These rules included limiting outdoor activities, increasing security, the installation of security cameras, and support staff to assist children emotionally during this scary time.

World WIZO turned to the children, staff, and parents throughout their projects, including those supported by CHW, to see how they were dealing with the security threats as well as ongoing concern for everyone’s well being.

Click here to read the original article.

More on the CHW Nahalal Graduation

It was only a few weeks ago that we shared with you our experience at the incredible graduation ceremony at CHW Nahalal Youth Village!

CHW was lucky to have Claudia Goldman, CHW National President, and Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Director be in Israel to take-part in the ceremony!

Now, Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO, has shared her impressions on the CHW Nahalal Youth Village graduation ceremony.

Click here to read all about it through her eyes!

A Moving Final Assignment

Noa RivkinWe would like for you to meet Noa, a student from CHW Nahalal Youth Village. Noa is a bright and creative young woman who loves art.

Noa knows that as the next generation, it is her responsibly to play a critical role in the future of the State of Israel.

For Noa’s final art project this year, she decided to create a piece of artwork that depicts the current situation in Israel. Therefore, Noa drew the scenery from the Jezreel Valley, part of the landscape of Israel and the area where Nahalal is situated, on a metal knife. The result: an extremely poignant piece of work.

 

Noa’s explanation for this piece of art is very moving. She explains, “The country, with its diverse and beautiful sceneries, all beauty and glorious, yet, a torn country, where the fight over land consumes every beautiful pasture and every hope for a peaceful life within it.” Noa continues by explaining, “The pastoral scenes express optimism and tranquility. However, the scenery on the knife expresses a sense of fear, danger, and discomfort.”

Work 1Work 2

We look forward to seeing what is in store for Noa’s promising future; both as an artist and a leader!

The National Recognition of CHW’s Female Graduates

CHW is proud to announce the awarding of the Annual National Award Honouring Exemplary Military Service to two female graduates from CHW Nahalal Youth Village.

In celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, President Rivlin hosted a ceremony where he presented 120 soldiers with the coveted award to recognize them for outstanding service and exceptional contributions in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Of those honoured, there were two female graduates from CHW Nahalal: Corporal Yuval Shitrit and Corporal Dekel Eitan.

A little about the recipients:

Yuval 1Yuval is a remarkable 21 year old woman. Born with muscular dystrophy, she refused to allow this to deter her from living an ‘ordinary’ life. Yuval was so determined that she even was able to participate in the March of the Living trip to Poland with her classmates. Due to Yuval’s medical condition, she was exempt from the army. However, Yuval volunteered to join the Israel Air Force. Yuval shares her reaction when she learned about being selected to receive the award, “It was a surprise. I’m a perfectionist, but never in my life did I imagine that I’d receive a presidential merit certificate. I feel like the sky is the limit.”

Netanyahu and Yuval

Dekel is an incredible basketball player, and has played for the CHW Nahalal basketball team. In grade 11, Dekel was asked to join the Israeli National Women’s Youth Basketball Team, where she participated in international tournaments. After graduation, Dekel enlisted in the artillery brigade.

GroupDavid Horesh, Director of CHW Nahalal proudly shares his impressions of both Yuval and Dekel, “Yuval is a symbol of determination… her presence is inspiring for everyone who comes in contact with her. Yuval is known for her excellence, humility, maturity, and willpower. Dekel is a quiet and humble young woman who always knew what she wanted. She spared no effort to be both an outstanding student and basketball player.”

 

David continues, “I congratulate Yuval and Dekel, their families, and all of the staff who guided them. These young women should make all of Israel as proud as they made me and everyone at CHW Nahalal.” CHW joins David in congratulating these remarkable young women!

President Rivlin

It is the result of CHW’s generous donors and members who have helped support promising youth, such as Yuval and Dekel, in order to make their dreams a reality. We look forward to learning about the wonderful things that they will accomplish in their bright futures!

Read the original article here.

Photo 1: Yuval Shitrit
Photo 2: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu meet with the 120 outstanding IDF soldiers (Photo by: Kobi Gideon, GPO) 
Photo 3: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and top IDF generals, with 120 distinguished soldiers at an Independence Day ceremony at the President’s Residence, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: ToI staff) 
Photo 4: President Reuven Rivlin meets the IDF soldiers awarded for their service on Independence Day, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: President spokesman’s office)