To commemorate our 70th Anniversary in 2017, Jewish Child’s Day raised an incremental £70,000 to help two extra projects, one close to home here in the UK and one in Israel.
Tsad Kadima (which means “a step forward” in Hebrew) was founded by professionals and Israeli parents of children with Cerebral Palsy in 1987.
Tsad Kadima’s main purpose is to enable the child with Cerebral Palsy to become actively involved, reach his best subjective functional independence and integrate into the various normative life frameworks and settings, be it school, social and community.
Jewish Child’s Day has supported Tsad Kadima since 2011.
Tsad Kadima’s Rishon LeTzion Educational Rehabilitation Centre is one of Tsad Kadima’s leading centres and includes an early childhood centre with nurseries and day care classes for infants and children with Cerebral Palsy and motor disabilities.
The Rishon LeTzion Center, was established 24 years ago and constitutes a second home for dozens of infants and children. The playground was in dire need of renovation and the most pressing need was to add an accessible and adapted special playground area in a vacant space that is not in use so that the children can further develop their various motor skills in a safe environment.
Jewish Child’s Day was able to raise and this renovation has now taken place.
A parent-led organisation, Step by Step was established to improve the lives of moderate/severely disabled children age 3-18 from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Hackney/Haringey and for some projects nationally. They provide a range of high-quality activities every day of the year, including after school, weekends, school holidays and chaggim.
Whilst children are benefiting from the new skills learned, parents are enjoying the vital respite provided.
Step by Step currently offer 18 weekly after school groups serving 130 children. Activities include swimming, horse riding, ice-skating, cycling, music therapy, creative arts and exercise. All children are supported by trained volunteers on a 1:1 basis and transported to the sessions in our accessible vehicles, to ensure accessibility.
Jewish Child’s Day have been supporting Step-by Step since 2003. In 2010, the Jewish Child’s Day Ride for Pride programme was established, enabling 12 children do attend a horse riding lesson weekly.
Step-by-Step was looking to establish a place of their own – a second home for so many severely disabled children living close to u here in the UK. They have raised the funds for leasing the premises.
Jewish Child’s Day was able to raise the monies required to renovate the building and fully equipping the centre with all the equipment they require to fully function.
Thank you to all those who donated for these special projects during our very special year.