The Children are Our Heritage

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Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalms 127:3

In a few weeks Israel will be celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim. One of the main activities of this celebration is the sending of Mishloach Manot (Gift Baskets) from family to family. This holiday is one that is especially memorable for children. They will dress up in costume and participate in street parades.

Unfortunately, there are many children whose parents cannot afford to involve their children in this festive time as a result of their economic circumstances. Many children rely on basic nourishment at after school centers, where they congregate in the afternoons.

Israel Today has been committed for many years to ensuring a quality life for all Israeli children. This year, as in previous years, we will be concentrating our efforts to help children from needy families to enable them to enjoy this time of the year.

Through the generosity of our subscribers and readers of the magazine, Israel Today will be able to:

  • provide Mishloach Manot to needy families
  • support underprivileged children, for example, by providing meals and financing extra-mural activities

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Integrating kids with disabilities into society

Posted on 2/13/2014 by Ariel rudolph
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There are almost 200,000 children and youth in Israel with debilitating disabilities such as deafness, paralysis, or learning difficulties and need continuously ongoing medical treatment.

The organization Eliya, which was established in Israel in 1982 plays a leading role in the treatment of blind children, offering a range of diverse and remarkable assistance programs to these children. In its three centers in Petach Tikva, Be'er Sheva and Jerusalem blind children and children with development problems receive therapeutic care.

An approach applied by this organization is directed towards meeting the individual needs of each child. Staff at Eliya aim to address the integration of these children into society. Programs offered by this center include speech therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and massage.

Many blind children also suffer from delayed development. Another program offered by Eliya is music therapy, which helps these kids to build trust with others and to socialize.

Eliya aspires to better integrate blind children into the mainstream education system and society. Likewise, the family environment of children is addressed - so family members of blind children are taught the techniques and methods with which they can most effectively support their children.
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