Media coverage of Israel often focuses on the nation’s conflict with the Palestinians. Here’s a good-news story that you probably don’t know about-SOS Children’s Villages operates two villages in Israel that provide loving homes and stable communities to neglected children.
“Israel has neglected children?” you’re probably asking. Unfortunately, yes. Luckily, SOS Children’s Village is there to help. And this Passover season, more than 200 children will celebrate a brighter future full of the freedom to grow, develop and maximize their potential.
SOS has had a presence in Israel since 1981. The two SOS Children’s Villages are Neradim Village, Arad, in the south between Beersheba and the Dead Sea; and Megadim Village, Migdal Haemek, in the north, near Nazareth.
At the SOS Israel Villages, vulnerable children are provided a warm, loving, permanent family environment – an incredible experience for children who have been referred by social services and the courts. Children may come to live in anstarting at age five, and may remain up to age eighteen. Sometimes they even stay though their .
SOS children are raised by specially trained SOS mothers in individual houses within the village. They attend local schools and are integrated into the community through sports and art activities.
The Israeli children saved by SOS come to the villages with many problems, but they leave equipped to lead happier, productive lives. Yaacov Zada was only five years old when he and his three older sisters arrived at Neradim Village in Arad. When he was about to enter the Israel Defense Forces, he told the village’s young children: “Since I was young the village was the only place I could feel safe and free. The village molded me. It was here I learned the difference between right and wrong.” Yaacov’s transformation was made possible by the love and stability given to all children in an SOS village.
Thank you for your interest in SOS Children’s Villages and I wish you a Happy Passover,
P.S. Thank you so much for your interest in helping to provide Israeli children with the childhood they deserve. Click here to make a donation to the work of SOS in Israel. To save one child is to save ourselves.
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