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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

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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Providing a Safe Space for Women and Children in Need

“When I left the shelter, I was stronger and more independent than ever. WIZO took me out of the darkness that was my life.”

This sentiment was expressed by Ranit, a young woman who came to a WIZO shelter in desperate need of refuge. She was married at the tender age of 21, due to pressure from her family. Soon after, Ranit became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. However, shortly after giving birth, Ranit’s husband became increasingly verbally abusive; constantly criticizing her as a mother and her body.

Ranit knew that this was not okay; yet she struggled. Her husband was never physically violent, so she felt that she had no excuse to leave him. Her family did not understand why Ranit was down all the time; from the outside, everything seemed perfect – a new baby, and a loving husband.

Ranit endured months of this abuse in her home. That was until one day, Ranit realized that she could not continue on living like this. While her husband was at work, she took her six month old son and fled to a WIZO shelter.

Ranit and her son spent ten months at the shelter undergoing treatment. During this time, Ranit and her little boy had a safe and loving environment where she knew they would live, free of abuse. Ranit underwent intensive individual and group therapy while receiving legal aid to assist with filing a restraining order against her husband.

Since leaving the shelter, Ranit has become a strong and independent woman. She works while her son goes to daycare. Ranit has a newfound confidence and sense of security.

The reality is that in Israel, there are at least 200,000 women dealing with abuse. Sadly, many of these women do not have a safe place to seek help and support. CHW, through supporting WIZO, provides a safe and secure place for women and children

*Please note: Name changed for confidentiality. 

Hadassah Hospital- Aly’s Story

Hearing the firsthand the experiences of the children, women, and patients from our projects demonstrates the immense impact that CHW has on so many people’s lives.

At Hadassah Hospital, a patient named Aly has begun sharing her personal story via the Hadassah Blog. Her series is called “Being a Patient at Hadassah.”

Aly shares how Hadassah has a special way of easing your anxiety and calming your fears. She speaks of the caring staff, including a Canadian nurse. And, she expresses her unwavering confidence in the quality of treatment that she receives.

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Hadassah Hospital- Ayala’s Story

Seven month- old Ayala went to the synagogue with her family for the holidays, when tragedy struck. While Ayala’s mother, Chavi, was holding her, she managed to slip from her arms and hit her head.

The little girl began to convulse, and was suffering from intracranial bleeding. Ayala’s father, an ambulance driver and his friend who is a paramedic immediately rushed Ayala to Hadassah Hospital, while sedating and ventilating the infant.

Upon arrival to Hadassah Hospital, Ayala was taken into the neurosurgical ICU, where doctors immediately operated on the little girl, opening her skull and draining the blood.

Dr. Shweiki Moatasim, Pediatric Neurosurgeon shares, “There is no doubt that the first aid the child received, combined with anesthesia done while in the ambulance, reduced the damage significantly and greatly eased the word of the medical team.”

Ayala has since made a full recovery and has no neurological damage!

 

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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.