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All That a Child Needs

After years of writing songs about his harsh childhood and his hopes for the future, Yonatan Doron felt he needed to do more. He wanted to reach out to other children who may be suffering, just as he had.   

With the help of a crowdfunding campaign, Yonatan decided to write his first book: All That a Child Needs. The book is a unique collection of stories that track the bumpy journey from the insecure child he was to the empowering educator he is today. 

Yonatan was born to a ‘picture-perfect’ family. His father was a successful pilot, and they all lived in a comfortable home in north Tel Aviv. But things dramatically changed when his parents got divorced and his mother remarried. Just like that, Yonatan’s life collapsed as his mother moved them to the far off desert community of Arad. 

Yonatan was isolated, alone and on top of everything- abused. His situation grew dire as his step-father repeatedly mentally and physically abused him. After years of suffering as a child, Yonatan managed to escape. He tried different frameworks for ‘at-risk’ children, but finally felt at home the minute he entered CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village.

From that point on, Yonatan’s life turned around. Yonatan found answers at CHW Hadassim and discovered that all a child needs is one adult that believes in him. He gives credit to his youth counsellor, Shlomi, for helping him come out of his ‘shell’ through his love of music. Yonatan only spent four months with Shlomi, but in that short time, Yonatan began to believe in himself:

“He brought me the brightest light that a child could ask of an adult.”

Yonatan’s mission was to continue to spread the light.  “I choose life” is his message to the hundreds of children, youth, families and educators he now coaches and advises. His goal in doing so is to empower others through his role as an educator and family counsellor. 

Yonatan came full circle and is currently the Music Director of CHW Hadassim, in addition to directing a growing number of educational projects that empower the most disheartened children and youth.

‘All that a Child Needs’ will soon be translated into English! 

Yonatan will be accompanying rising star Michelle Shiminov in a one night only performance at the CHW iChange Gala on November 2, 2019. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.

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Farewell to Racheli Cohavi Rom, Manager of The CHW Sandy Martin (Alberta) Daycare Centre

CHW extends a heartfelt thank you to Racheli Cohavi Rom, the dedicated Manager of the Sandy Martin (Alberta) Daycare Centre who will be officially ending her role this month.

Reflecting back on her years of service, Racheli shares:

“After serving 11 years as the Manager of the Daycare Centre, where I guided and cared for over 1000 families, it is time for me to say thank you to CHW and the Canadian Jewish community for your incredible support and partnership.

My role at the Centre included training and leading staff, forging strong ties with families and parents and working towards our vision- that children need a nurturing environment in order to grow, develop, gain self-confidence and believe in themselves.

I cherish the warm relationship we have with CHW, who encouraged us to follow this vision.  The support we have received over the years has been incredible, and included many generous donations towards services and equipment, such as safe and fun outdoor equipment and playgrounds. The contribution of musical instruments has also brought a lot of joy to the children as they learn a new language and socialization skills through music.   

We are always delighted to host groups from Canada and showcase the incredible educational programs we offer at the Centre and in Israel.  The children really enjoyed meeting youth from Canadian Young Judea this summer who stopped by to learn about the program and play with the children.     

Thank you to everyone and special thanks to all the active women in so many communities across Canada!  You are an important link in the chain and a partner in bringing quality education and care to children in Israel.

It has been a true honour and privilege.”

The Israel Equestrian Team has a new rider from CHW Nahalal Youth Village!

The Israel Equestrian Team has a new rider from CHW Nahalal Youth Village!

At 9 years old, Elias was suffering from communication issues. His parents, concerned about their son, encouraged him to enroll in the Therapeutic Riding Centre at CHW Nahalal Youth Village. And, this is where his story began! Elias took his first ride at CHW Nahalal and he simply fell in love with horses and riding!

Today, 21-year-old Elias is doing remarkable things, entering the world of international horseback riding!

Click here to read a recent interview to learn more about Elias!

World WIZO’s Graduates Association

This past week, World WIZO’s Tel Aviv Headquarters hosted a special Graduate Association event. The focus of this event was on how to best implement the new program, “Adopt a Graduate.” This new enterprise will encourage graduates from World WIZO’s schools and youth villages to become mentors to grade 12 students as well as recent graduates from the same institutions.

Attendees to this event included representatives and alumni from World WIZO’s schools and youth villages, including CHW Hadassim and CHW Nahalal.

The aim on this program is to be a new avenue of support and guidance for these soon-to-be-alumni and recent alumni. It is aiming to build a new type of relationship with mutual benefits that will enable both parties to grow and pursue their dreams while remaining connected to their roots.

Professor Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of World WIZO shared, “It’s been a longtime dream of mine to launch a WIZO Graduate Association… It’s so inspiring to see these graduates giving back to WIZO. I call on all WIZO graduates to join us in this important mission.”

Click here to read the original article


Why Choose a CHW-WIZO Daycare Centre?

As daycare registration opens up across Israel for the upcoming year, it is remarkable to hear the feedback from parents who are choosing to send their children to a WIZO Day Care, 6 of which CHW proudly supports! Listen to these heartwarming reasons parents are sending their babies and toddlers here!

Parents Discuss Why the Chose WIZO Day Care for their Children

With the recent opening of a new year of child registration for WIZO day care centers across Israel, parents discuss why they chose to place their children in WIZO's care.

Posted by World WIZO on Sunday, February 10, 2019