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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.

Click here to read Aly’s blog.

 

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!

 

Read the original article here.

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.

Celebrating Sigd in our CHW Projects

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Sigd is an annual holiday in the Ethiopian community that commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. As there are many Ethiopian Jews in Israel, this is a state holiday and celebrations take place throughout the country.

At CHW Netanya Technological High School and CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, we have many students from an Ethiopian background. Both schools held ceremonies in celebration of the holiday.

CHW Netanya and CHW Hadassim combined the musical and dancing festivities with teaching the students about the Ethiopian Aliyah to Israel and the significance of this holiday.

Many of the Ethiopian children who attend CHW’s projects are the first generation of Israeli-Ethiopians; their parents came through Operation Solomon.

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At CHW Netanya and CHW Hadassim, these children are given the opportunities and tools to become empowered, confident, and productive in order to turn their dreams into reality.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Tomorrow, November 25th, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It is paramount that we, on a global level, seek to prevent and end violence against girls and women.

CHW, together with World WIZO, has been a dedicated advocate to combat violence against women and promote women’s rights. CHW provides opportunities to women and children to have a way out of the cycle of violence. Through CHW supported shelters and helplines, women and children have a safe place to turn when in need; giving them a second chance at life.

This year, WIZO has embarked on a campaign in light of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and created a powerful video that critically illustrates the steps takes following an act of domestic violence.

Make this year be the year that we bring about real change.