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Israel Youth Award

Israel Youth Award 2016

Self-development, hard work, determination, and passion is what the Israel Youth Award is about. This award began 8 years ago in Israel, and over 50 years ago as the International Youth Award in the UK.

Last week, at CHW Hadassim, a special award ceremony was held for recipients of the Bronze and Silver award from WIZO supported youth villages that included CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, and CHW Nahalal Youth Village.

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In attendance was British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, Mayor of Even Yehuda, Avi Harari, and CEO of the Israel Youth Award, Yossi Friedman.

Mr. David Quarrey, spoke at the ceremony addressing the nearly 200 young recipients and commending their dedication and success at such a young age.

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO Executive shared her impressions of the Israel Youth Award saying, “If you want to achieve something, you can, and you can fulfill your dreams.”

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In order to receive these awards, each child is responsible for committing a minimum of 5 hours a week to this program. The children participate in community service, personal skill, physical recreation, and a journey that covers distance of 35km.

The recipients of this award are unique children who possess remarkable qualities, especially in the face of major obstacles they have needed to overcome in their lives. Included in the recipients of the award were students from the French Na’aleh Program.

Making Olives

Making Olives at CHW Hadassim

 
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village is truly an incredible place. Here, children have a bounty of options to learn: in the fields of science, mathematics, art, agriculture, and so much more.Preparing 1

Recently, the children from the Agriculture Department participated in a three-month long experiment, in which each child was tasked with creating his or her own recipe to ferment fresh olives. The olives used for the experiment were home-grown by the students on the youth village.

At the conclusion of the three months, after the olives had gone through the process of fermentation and curing in each student’s unique concoction, a panel of judges participated in a taste testing and voted for the tastiest olive recipe.

The results are in: all of the students’ olives were delicious!Preparing 3

According to the head of the Agricultural Department, Haim Ziv, since olives are one of the key components in Israeli Mediterranean cuisine, and olive trees can be found across the country, choosing to highlight olives as part of the students’ agricultural study was a natural decision.

The students had an excellent time being creative and challenged. And, of course, the panel of judges certainly didn’t mind having to taste them all!

Coaching For Life

“Pursue Your Dreams” Coaching for Life at CHW Hadassim

CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village provides numerous programs for the children who live in the dormitories and family units. The youth village strives to ensure that each child’s needs are met. One such program, Coaching for Life, operates at CHW Hadassim in order to meet the needs of the Ethiopian children who reside there.

Coaching for Life is a mentorship program that pairs an Ethiopian child Group 3with an adult volunteer. The aim of the program is to provide children with a positive role model.
The program runs over the course of the year and includes interesting trips throughout Israel. Recently, the children from the program were taken on an exclusive tour to the elite air force base, Nevetim, in the Negev.

At Nevetim Airbase, the children met with soldiers from the Hercules Squadron, one of the most elite units in the IDF. This unit is responsible for military, civilian, and humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally.

This is an especially meaningful unit to the children’s heritage as it was the Hercules Squadron who carried out Operation Solomon; the mission that airlifted over 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over 20 years ago. These children were so moved to learn about their history. Many of them shared memories of their grandparents telling stories of that mission and how it saved their lives.Child 3

The aim of this excursion was to provide these children with an unforgettable experience that would inspire them to dream big. The children were encouraged to pursue their education and remain dedicated to their goals.

Two students shared their impressions from the visit. Shai, a grade 12 student, said, “I always dreamt of becoming a pilot but I never felt like I would succeed. This trip and meeting pilots who are like me, showed me that this is possible. This visit strengthened by will to become a pilot.” Esther, a grade 11 student, expressed, “This visit makes me want to follow my dreams. I know that no matter what I decide to do in life, I will succeed.”

These are such special and meaningful sentiments to hear from the children. It is clear that this trip had a tremendous impact on them!

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Raising Kind Children

Many of us can recall scenes and lines from the film “Mean Girls.” Perhaps there were scenes that made us laugh, scenes that made us angry, and scenes that brought up familiar memories of life in high school.

However, if there is any message to take away from the film, it is that bullying hurts and it must be confronted.

As many of our children have returned to school, we do not always know what is happening during their eight hours while out of our sight. We may ask ourselves: are they happy? Who are they sitting with at recess and lunch? Were they picked in gym class?

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Our jobs are to do our best to raise children who are kind, inclusive, and considerate. We have tasked ourselves with this mission to ensure that when we send our children into the world, whether it is to school, camp, the workforce, and so on, we know that our children will be respectful citizens.

At CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, CHW Nahalal Youth Village, and CHW Netanya Technological High School, the teachers, house parents, and counselors are charged with overseeing hundreds of children and ensuring that each child is being well looked after. In fact, throughout the year, these children participate in various workshops that teach the importance of being kind to your peers, not succumbing to peer pressure, and stepping in when you see a harmful situation.

Raising kind children is not a simple task; this we can all agree on. Click here to read an article on how to raise inclusive girls instead of mean ones.

All You Need is a Hug

At both Assaf Harofeh and Hadassah Hospital, children are of the utmost importance. Sadly, many children who fall ill need to spend days, weeks, months, or longer at the hospitals. For this reason, both Assaf Harofeh and Hadassah do their best to create happy, child-friendly atmospheres.

Medical Clowns visit the children at Assaf Harofeh and Hadassah to help create a positive environment, distract them from their challenges, and ensure that the children are experiencing more ‘typical’ childhoods, in spite of spending part of their lives in the hospital.

During the holidays, the hospital arranges for special clowns and visitors. Recently, Winnie-the-Pooh made a special visit to the Pediatric Department at Hadassah Hospital and it made one little girl’s day!

This adorable moment, when this little girl just needed a hug from her friend Winnie, was caught on camera. Moments like these remind us why we do what we do.HadassahMedical Clowns 1