Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Only days ago a terror attack took place in the city of Rishon LeZion, neighbor to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, and the victims were brought to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Seven victims were rushed to Assaf Harofeh: four who suffered from major panic attacks and psychological stress, three who suffered from stab wounds.
One of the victims is an 80 years old woman named Rachel Eisenkott. In an attempt to run away from her attacker, Rachel fell and broke her hip, in addition to suffering from a deep stab wound on her back. The medical team immediately operated on Rachel and she is now in the Intensive Care Unit.
Rachel is a mother of six daughters and seventeen grandchildren. Her family rushed to be by her side when they heard the devastating news. Sagit, one of Rachel’s granddaughters, shared, “Our grandmother is aware of what happened… she woke up this morning and remembered. We are a strong family and we will be all right. She will be afraid to leave her house, but even I worry.” One daughter shared, “I should have been there to protect my mother.”
Other victims included a 36 year old man who was stabbed in the chest multiple times and underwent emergency surgery. He is now recovering in the ICU. This man and his wife welcomed their first baby only a few days prior to the attack. A very brave twenty-six year old man is recovering at Assaf Harofeh from stab wounds endured during a successful attempt to stop the terrorist.
Assaf Harofeh was there for these victims to provide them with the emergency medical care that they critically needed. It is thanks to the medical team at Assaf Harofeh that these victims’ lives have been saved.
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!
Parenting is no easy task, but the love that a parent shares for their child is unwavering. A new video clip released shows real parents talking about the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of being a parent.
CHW understands the challenges of being a parent, especially for new mothers and fathers. For this reason, we seek to provide numerous ways to assist families wherever possible.
Through CHW’s daycares, parents receive support and assurance that their children are in safe and loving hands while simultaneously receiving an excellent education.
While caring for the children, our daycares reach out to the parents in order to offer them a sense of community within the daycare. Parents receive tools to assist them with their parenting needs. For example, parents receive lessons on how to deal with challenging behaviour in their child, how to provide nutritious meals on a budget, and so much more. Moreover, CHW’s daycares cater to families in need, assisting families who receive welfare support.
CHW’s devotion to parents in need does not stop at the end of the work day: CHW supports the WIZO Parental Hotline which provides a safe place for parents to turn to when in need. This free call centre aims to help parents with their parenting challenges at any hour of the day.
One thing is certain: CHW is there for you every step of the way. We value family and appreciate the love parents have for their children.
Jamie Varon is a freelance writer known for telling it like it is. So when she published her article on the “20 Real Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a Teenage Girl” many women took notice.
Jamie notes a series of challenges girls are faced with from seeing women in magazines that do not look like you, whether they are taller, thinner, have clearer skin, and so on, to dealing with feelings of unexpected sadness as you overcome new obstacles.
The thoughts, experiences, and encounters that Jamie lists are prominent in our society and continue to become further embedded in the fabric of our communities. The reality is that from a young age, girls are faced with many challenges: from body issues, to struggles with confidence, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in, just to name a few.
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) puts emphasis on addressing these societal truths and finding real ways to assist young girls and women in living with, tackling, and overcoming them. 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 a powerful program as it reaches out to girls from the dormitories and family units who are already coming from challenging backgrounds. These girls have not been given the support, nor the tools for handling these issues psychologically, emotionally, and physically. In this program, the girls are taught to appreciate themselves, how to approach feelings of insecurity, how to react to an insult, peer pressure, and so on. These values and skills equip these young and impressionable girls with the ability to tackle challenges that may come their way.
Orian is one of the girls who participated in this program. Orian grew up in the Girls at-Risk Family Unit. She shares her experience, “Since I can remember, I always struggled with my confidence. I would look in the mirror and then in magazines and not understand why I did not look like these girls. The mother of my Family Unit encouraged me to attend the Empowerment Program. I went and suddenly found myself surrounded by other girls who felt the same way. I learnt how to embrace who I am and actually like myself! I gained confidence. But even more, I learnt to stop putting so much emphasis on the way I look; it is what is inside that counts.”
As the leaves begin to turn and we welcome October, we can look forward to the celebration of many holidays and events. October also signifies the commencement of another important event: international Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This campaign has a strong connection to Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW). CHW proudly funds and continues to support the M. Fanny Comprehensive Breast Care Institute at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.
At this institute, which is the only one of its kind in Israel, women receive same-day results and are given immediate diagnosis and treatment plans.
The establishment of this unit promotes healthcare as well as serves to better assist women in their day-to-day lives. CHW is proud to be playing an integral role in the fight against breast cancer.