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The Diversity of Women

A Romanian photographer has traveled to 50 countries around the world, to capture portraits of women; her project is called “The Atlas of Beauty.”

Through capturing women and hearing their stories, photographer Mihaela Noroc is emphasizing and celebrating diversity. This project broke down barriers and highlighted the importance of women being their authentic selves.

For 100 years, CHW has emphasized the importance of empowering young girls and women to celebrate diversity. CHW has advocated for women’s rights and to overcome discrimination and prejudices.

One way that CHW aims to combat these issues is through the Empowerment Program for Girls at-Risk at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. This is powerful program reaches out to girls from the dormitories and family units who come from challenging backgrounds. These girls have not been given the support or the tools to overcome various challenges whether psychological, emotional, or physical. For this reason, this program is critical at for these girls. Via the Empowerment Program, teenage girls are taught to a sense of self-worth and confidence. These values and skills equip these young and impressionable girls with the abilities to tackle challenges that may come their way.

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

International Women’s Day

Today, the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. We have two special articles to share about how CHW is working to make the world a better place for women.

World WIZO
For 100 years, CHW has stood for women’s rights. CHW has advocated for women, striving to help women living with domestic violence, single mothers, and teenage girls at-risk.

Through our partnership with World WIZO, CHW supports hundreds of programs to empower women, legal aid centres, support groups for single mothers, battered women’s shelters, and centres for the prevention of violence against women.

Click here to read a special message from Professor Rivka Lazovsky on International Women’s Day.

Hadassah Hospital
Hadassah Hospital is promoting women’s rights, advancing opportunities, and promoting coexistence, all while saving patient’s lives. Three female Palestinian doctors have joined the team of staff at Hadassah Hospital. These physicians are receiving their training and employment via Hadassah Hospital enabling them to fulfill their dreams of becoming medical professionals, treat those in need, and bring their knowledge back to their hospitals in Judea and Samaria.

Click here to read the original article.

History Made at Hadassah Hospital

Hadassah Hospital has performed Israel’s first-ever Spina Bifida fetal surgery.

On February 9th, a team of Israeli surgeons completed a successful operation on a 5-month old fetus in the efforts to lessen the infant’s spinal damage post-partum.

This particular technique is even more remarkable and historic, as only 3 doctors in the world can perform it. Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky of Hadassah Hospital is one of them!

For more information, watch the extraordinary video below:


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.