Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Assaf Harofeh Medical Center has opened a new School of Physiotherapy and a Hyperbaric Chamber Institute. To celebrate these wonderful new additions, the hospital held an inauguration ceremony with a special guest: our very own National President, Claudia Goldman.
Dr. Noga Gal, the head of the School of Physiotherapy, thanked both Claudia and CHW for their strong commitment to the hospital and school. Dr. Benny Davidson, the General Director of Assaf Harofeh, echoed Dr Gal’s sentiments. He then went on to speak about the incredible work being done at the new CHW Marla Dan Stroke and Invasive Neuroradiology Institute.
Claudia addressed the audience and shared her thoughts on the years of collaboration and devotion between our organization and the projects we support. CHW has an amazing history with Assaf Harofeh, with our affiliation dating back to 1953. Moreover, it was CHW that established the first School of Physiotherapy 67 years ago!
In fact, it was in the 1950s when Assaf Harofeh built a school dedicated to curing Polio, with the immense support of CHW. As Dr. Orna Tal, Deputy Director at Assaf Harofeh shared, “CHW was the foundation and momentum in making this a reality.”
The new School of Physiotherapy is comprised of two parts: offering direct patient care, and educating the next generation of physical therapists. Since Assaf Harofeh is associated with Tel Aviv University, it gives students the opportunity to learn practical skills both in and outside of the classroom.
It is incredible to see 70 years of medical innovation coming together!
CHW is dedicated to ensuring that children have access to facilities and tools that will give them the care they need; and a chance at a bright future.
CHW prides itself on the specialized attention that is provided to children in CHW’s six daycare centres across Israel.
In CHW’s daycares, early childhood development is a primary focus. Through early childhood development, children learn and master critical skills such as learning to crawl, walk, and talk. Each child has their own personal strengths and weaknesses, and the caretakers in the daycares understand the importance of catering to each child’s needs.
Recently, a video was released by the Khaleej Times, an international media outlet, that exemplifies the positive impact of allowing children to learn by doing tasks themselves. The message is that it is critical to support your children while encouraging them to discover the world for themselves.
Programs at CHW’s daycares, such as the WIZ Kids computer program, enable children to experience independent hands-on learning, furthering their growth.
CHW supports children’s learning and development in order to ensure healthy growth that will instill the children with confidence, personal motivation, and independence!
It is important to remind ourselves that we must do our best to reach out and support those in need. Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is built upon this exact principle: helping children, families, and women. In turn, it is wonderful to see others do their part in caring for those in need.
Recently, the Sadnat-Shiluv Center held an event that supports special needs youth in Israel. The event consisted of 300 women of all ages swimming across Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galiliee.)
Of the 300 women who swam the nearly four kilometers, swimmers included a 10-year old who only recently learned to swim, an 80 year old, and a partially blind woman.
One swimmer, Eve Jacobs, who learned to swim only a few years ago shared, “it was a life changing experience… the energy of the incredible women swimming along with me, strangers supporting and encouraging me.”
This event not only helps those in need, as event organizer Vivienne Glaser explained, it also aims to empower the female participants. The duality of this event is what makes it particularly impactful.
Empowering women starting at such a young age is so integral to their confidence and self-worth, which rings true to similar programs that CHW provides at our projects. Clearly, this event shapes these womens’ lives.
Well done to the women who came out to support the special needs youth of Israel!
Israelis have some of the healthiest diets in the world!
Ynet News recently published an article about Israel, health, and wellness. The article was influenced by the release of a research study done by The Lancet Global Health Journal. The research found Israel to have the healthiest diet in the West; ranking Israel ninth in the world in terms of nutrition.
The journal credited Israelis’ diet that is made up of fresh produce and grains, with very few processed foods.
At CHW’s daycares, we place a priority on ensuring a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, a special nutrition program runs at the Clara Balinksy Daycare, composed of three elements:
The Nutrition Program is especially useful, as many children come from lower-socio economic backgrounds, and both parents and children benefit from this program.
Anat* and Ben sent their son, Gil, to the Clara Balinsky Daycare are thrilled with the nutrition program. Anat explains that as a new and young mother, she was overwhelmed when it came to ensuring that her family was eating a healthy and balanced diet. Being a young family, Anat and Ben also struggled to afford expensive foods, something they believed was important. She shares, “I really did not know which ingredients were the right choices. Every book or website that I read would tell me something different. The daycare gave me so much support and information, they really helped me.” Aside from the daycare ensuring that Gil is eating healthy meals every day, they assist Anat when it comes to continuing healthy eating in the home.
*Names were changed at the request of the interviewees
#ThisGirlCan is an incredible health campaign targeted at women that is making waves internationally.
The program, initiated by Sport England, was created in the United Kingdom upon realization that due to out-of-date health trends, fewer women are active in the world of sports and fitness.
What are the aims of this campaign? Its purpose is to support women of all ages, size, and physical abilities to encourage a healthy body image and self-confidence. Moreover, the movement subverts the ideals promoted by contemporary media that women should adhere to certain body types, instead promoting realistic body images and expectations.
Like the efforts in this campaign, CHW’s youth villages – Hadassim and Nahalal – foster similar values in their students.
Both Hadassim and Nahalal not only offer supportive environments for the young women to build a strong sense of themselves, both youth villages offer a diverse selection of sports activities that encourage female involvement.
Hadassim has an incredible women’s basketball team and karate program. At Nahalal, there are countless outdoor activities available to the girls such as rock climbing and ropes courses. Both Hadassim and Nahalal focus on encouraging the girls to take part in the same sports activities as boys and that they are all equally capable.
CHW’s youth villages are making their own waves and impact on their girls with CHW’s unwavering support!