“Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Isa 60: 1-3
As part of our ongoing activity, Vision for Israel donates medical and emergency supplies to hospitals and medical centers. About three years ago we donated a Vscan device to HaEmek Medical Center. Recently they asked us for another donation for the urological department. The device will enable the caregivers to treat patients without having to move them, therefore making the treatment a bit more comfortable.
A youth center in Jerusalem serves as an educational and vocational hub for students in grades 9–12 who have fallen from more traditional school frameworks. These students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and are receiving lunch and therapy at the center, which helps improve their self esteem and encourages them to fulfill their potential. Due to the difficult situations in their homes, many of them arrive hungry, without having eaten any breakfast. The hunger makes it harder for them to function and concentrate on their studies.
“He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.” Ps. 91: 11-13
For 40 years, a boarding school in Jerusalem has been providing a homey and supportive environment for hundreds of children at risk. The children are aged 8–14, and their parents are unable to provide for them for various reasons. The boarding school offers emotional and mental therapy in addition to the academic and social aspects of school. Most of the children who live there have gone through devastating experiences in their parents' homes and are facing the challenges of being disconnected from their parents and adjusting to life in a boarding school.
Vision for Israel is getting into the swing of the Hanukkah season by sponsoring a variety of activities. One activity is a Hanukkah celebration for foster children. These are children who unfortunately cannot be raised by their parents and have been placed in foster homes. The foster families choose to accept the responsibility of raising these children with love and joy and giving them a loving and accepting home. Despite the caring foster families, the children still must deal with the shock of being removed from their parents and feeling different in society.