Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
CHW Netanya Technological High School is there for children in need of a supportive learning environment; taking in children from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds and gives them hope for a brighter future.
Through CHW’s support and the support from our generous donors, we make a continuous difference in the lives of children at CHW Netanya. This story is about a student named Matan.
Matan was a student who never wanted to go to school; he felt that no one understood him and his struggle to learn. After being kicked out of another school, Matan’s mother approached CHW Netanya Technological High School for help.
Very quickly, Matan went from an unhappy boy with little ambition to one who was always smiling and dreaming of one day owning his own bakery.
As a student from the Patisserie Program, Matan has worked on perfecting his skills and techniques. At a recent event at CHW Netanya, Matan, along with his peers, were tasked with showing off what they had learned over the course of the semester. Seen at the event was Matan’s mother, who proudly boasted and gushed about her son, meanwhile expressing her gratitude toward CHW.
Matan’s story is one of many. Daily, CHW is touching the lives of children in need. With our continued support, we can ensure that children like Matan are given a second chance at a promising future.
CHW, in conjunction with World WIZO, supports various programs that aim to advance of the status of women in society. Programs of this nature have a tremendous impact on the lives of the women who participate in them.
One program in particular is the Women’s Leadership Course, which focuses on instilling leadership skills, strengthening gender awareness, imparting practial tools, and introducing women to female trailblazers as a means of inspiring them to embark on their own social initiatives.
Marisa is a graduate of the Women’s Leadeship Course who, through the skills gained in the program, was able to spearhead a project that is making waves across Israel.
Marisa always wanted to make a positive contribution to society and help women in need. Working as a doula, Marisa discovered that many women who came from small villages or African countries were ill-prepared for childbirth.
Marisa wanted to reach out to help these communities, however, she did not know how to do so. Marisa learned about the Women’s Leadership Course and decided to enroll in order to gain the tools and guidance that she felt were lacking.
The skills that Marisa gained in this program gave her the confidence and abilities to begin a pregnancy coaching program that specifically assisted new Ethiopian immigrants in the preparation and birthing process.
Marisa shared her sentiments that, “a good birth is a good both for the mother and the baby. My goal is to empower these women.” Through Marisa’s initiative, she has helped many women become informed and feel at ease during this overwhelming time of their lives.
The Women’s Leadership Course not only impacts women like Marisa, but it also creates a ripple effect of change.
Hadassah’s Bone Marrow Transplantation Department Receives Prestigious Recognition
In recognition of its quality performance in harvesting stem cells from live donors and performing bone marrow transplants, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy has received the honor of accreditation from the prestigious Joint Accreditation Committee (JACIE) of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).
“This prestigious recognition creates tremendous opportunities for joint research and collaboration with leading departments worldwide,” notes Prof. Reuven Or, the Department’s director. “The rigorous process of receiving JACIE’s recognition,” he explains, “was extremely demanding. We understood that JACIE’s recognition would formally line up our department’s amazing work alongside other leading bone marrow departments across the globe. Therefore, we created a quality assurance team within our department to assure that all of the JACIE’s standards and criteria were met to the highest degree.”
JACIE, jointly established by the ISCT and ESBMT, aims to promote “high-quality patient care and laboratory performance in stem cell collection, processing, and transplantation centers through the development of global standards and an internationally recognized system of accreditation.”
Vicky grew up in a difficult home with minimal support from his family. When he arrived at CHW Netanya, he was very discouraged and lacked confidence. However, Vicky’s teachers refused to give up on him, spending time with him every day to help rebuild his self-esteem and put him back on the path to success.
Over time and with perseverance, Vicky regained a better sense of self-worth, pushing himself to succeed both academically and personally; this led to Vicky becoming one of the top hairdressers in Israel! As a matter of fact, Vicky has started his own chain of hair salons.
At the beginning of 2015, L’Oreal hosted an event andinvited prestigious hairdressers in Israel to take part; Vicky was among those selected. L’Oreal honoured Vicky and his achievements by awarding him with a certificate of excellence in customer loyalty.
As if his year was not busy enough, Vicky recently married his long-time girlfriend. Those in attendance included Vicky’s teachers, whom he thanked for helping him get to where he is today.
Vicky’s story is an example of how hard work and a proper support system are two important parts of fulfilling your dreams.
CHW supports WIZO as they provide assistance to children, women, and families in Israel. One of CHW and WIZO’s pillars is advocating on behalf of women’s rights, and one way they do it is through women’s leadership programs.
These leadership programs aim to impart practical skills on women through training and mentorship. One such program seeks to help single mothers in finding a steady and secure job, in turn improving their own lives, and the lives of their children.
Oshra, the head of the program for single mothers, shares, “I am honoured to have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and helps those in need.”
Oshra discusses how many women who have entered the program have trouble believing that they will find success, often feel hopeless, and worry that they are failing their children. However, Oshra goes on to explain that it does not take long for these strong and capable women to grow and take control of their lives.
Through this program, women not only gain transferable skills for employment, they also receive needed support, and as a result, they gain the confidence to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams.