Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Arthur is a graduate of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. However, his permanent home is still the Youth Village. Arthur resides in a dormitory dedicated for graduates, because CHW Hadassim is Arthur’s only home; it is the place he comes to when in need.
Arthur came to CHW Hadassim when he was only fourteen years old. Neither of his parents were able to provide adequate care for young Arthur, and he was in desperate need of a warm and supportive environment – this is where CHW Hadassim played a critical role.
When Arthur arrived at the youth village, he was very timid and unhappy: an unfortunate victim of neglect. After a lot of time, dedication, and patience, Arthur began to open up and grew into a happier and more confident child.
Arthur not only matured into a bright and talented young man; but he excelled. He graduated with the highest examination level in commerce and was the captain of the CHW Hadassim basketball team. Arthur has also studied capoeira, Brazilian martial arts, over the course of his time at Hadassim.
Today, Arthur is 20 years old and is serving in the IDF. When Arthur has time off from the army, he returns to CHW Hadassim to live and volunteers helping other children who are currently living in the dormitories.
When speaking about CHW Hadassim, Arthur says,
“This is my one true home, it took me in when I was in need and made me into the person I am today. Thank you CHW Hadassim.”
CHW supports state-of-the-art healthcare and groundbreaking research at Hadassah Hospital. The Hadassah Medical Organization, the first and only in Israel to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, offers world-renowned care, diagnosis, and treatment to patients regardless of religious, ethnic, or national background. Hadassah Hospital embraces “Peace through Medicine” as a moral imperative. As well, CHW’s commitment to healthcare is evident through a wide range of outstanding departments and units at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel’s third largest government hospital.
WIZ Kids is changing the way children learn, one computer game at a time! This innovative program, which is currently running in several schools and daycare centres across Israel, provides pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged children with hands on computer experience aimed at enhanced learning. WIZ Kids focuses on school readiness – teaching numbers, letters, colours and basic vocabulary – all through exciting and enjoyable computer games.
All six Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) daycare centres currently participate in the WIZ Kids program.
An important component of WIZ Kids is scholastic preparation. Instructors create individualized work plans for the children to ensure they will be ready for first grade, with great effort and resources
going towards the basic needs of each child. As computer programs play a large role in the program, instructors begin slowly, easing these young learners in by teaching computer skills. Since many of these children do not have access to computers at home, the experience can be quite eye-opening for them.
A benefit of the WIZ Kids program is that it encourages parents to come to the daycare centre and work with their children. Some of these adults are illiterate or have difficulty with basic reading and math. Under the pretext of helping and interacting with their own children, these caregivers are able to obtain some basic learning skills necessary for their own advancement.
Another great benefit of WIZ Kids is that it allows children in the program to feel pride in their own achievements. Program staff remark that the children greatly enjoy the computer
work they do, and at any given time, you can see children sitting together, helping one another with various math and reading games, fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation.
There is amazing work being accomplished through the WIZ Kids program at all six of CHW’s daycare centres, and the growth shown by these young learners is truly remarkable. This venture continues to bring added value with enriching experiences offered at CHW’s daycare centres in Israel.
The CHW Calgary Women’s Bat Yam Centre was established in the mid-1940s and began its activities by giving home classes for the local women. As it developed, different classes were added, such as activities for young mothers and for the elderly, legal support for women, and a support group for single mothers.
Today, the Calgary Bat-Yam Women’s Centre continues to offers many different activities and programs to a broader population in the Bat-Yam area.
Among others, the activities that take place at the centre are: