How your donations help fund sports for kids with disabilities
Jewish Child’s Day funds specialist riding, ice skating, football, cycling, swimming and hydrotherapy sessions and outdoor activity programmes. These activities are hugely rewarding and positively contribute to the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of children with special needs - helping them to build strength, confidence and self-esteem.
The message kids take away from these activities is:
I CAN! – I can participate, I can contribute, I can achieve
Project: Haifa Centre See the difference Jewish Child's Day grants make to the work of Haifa Centre for CHI. L. D.
Project: Tsad Kadima Tsad Kadima operates educational rehabilitative centres for children with cerebral palsy. Teams of physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists work with the children to overcome difficulties in motor function, language and social skills. Tsad Kadima employs a 'Conductive Education' method to maximize potential and integrate the children into mainstream society. Children who have severe motor disabilities and can't stand are more susceptible to broken bones. Jewish Child's Day has funded standing aids which act in a preventative capacity and help strengthen muscle tone.
Project: Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled The London Olympic Games and Paralympics will see the eyes of the world fixed on us this summer. And, at Jewish Child’s Day we have more than a little cause to feel proud. Since 1991, Jewish Child’s Day has supported special needs sports projects in Israel, some of which have produced Paralympians. At the Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled, the Director, Boaz Kramer, will proudly show you his medal from the Beijing Paralympic Games. Born partially paralyzed in his left arm and both legs, he started training at the Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled at the age of five. By 2008 he was ranked 16th in the world for wheelchair tennis. At the 2008 Beijing Games partnered Shraga Weinberg in the wheelchair tennis doubles tournament, where they took silver medals. Jewish Child’s Day’s long-term grant funding has provided multiple specialist sports wheelchairs and training apparatus for the centre. The wheelchair basketball team has already won two Paralympic gold medals, two world championships and three European championships.
Project: Givat Ada One of the projects supported by Jewish Child's Day is Givat Ada Children’s Home. It houses and educates children aged 4-17 in five family units and two teen units. Some have been orphaned or abandoned. Some have parents who are mentally ill or addicted to drugs or alcohol, their parents may be in prison or under severe economic stress and unable to care for them. Some of these children are victims of physical or sexual abuse. All of them deserve a better future. The Home aims to provide children with a nurturing educational and cultural experience in a supportive ‘family home’ style atmosphere. This family-unit model promotes self-esteem and healthy development, with the needs of each child being individually met.
Magic words… Hearing a child say 'Thank You' for improving their life in some way makes everything we do here at Jewish Child's Day worthwhile. For the past 64 years we have helped to change the course of abused, neglected and disadvantaged children's lives throughout the world. It is a sad reality that there are still many underprivileged children who need our help, and while they do we will continue to offer them hope. See how your donations help us hear more children say those magic words.
Mikki’s Story Mikki lives in fear of the alcohol-induced abuse that has become a regular feature of his everyday life. Living in a small town near Ashdod, Mikki has no support network and no-one to turn to when his life becomes unbearable. Jewish Child's Day is working with its partners to identify these children at risk and work to make them safe and give them the one thing they want more than anything else. ..a childhood.
Netanel’s Story From the moment he was born Netanel's life was beset with challenges. Having suffered a massive brain haemorrhage at birth which triggered the onset of triplegic cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder impairing control over three limbs, the prognosis was grave. Refusing to give up hope, Netanel's parents ploughed all their efforts into giving him the best possible chance of a fulfilled and happy life. But when funds ran out and with the authorities unwilling to help it was one of the many projects supported by Jewish Child's Day that stepped in. See what happened next...