This month, we had multiple excellent events for our Café Europa community. A woman named Rochelle Gilbert gave an excellent presentation on how the phone and the Internet can be used to the benefit of the elderly. She explained the tools available for survivors to be in contact with their families, like WhatsApp and Skype, and the differences between the technology of Apple and Android. She also showed what their phones can do for them, including an app to store medical details, should a medical professional need them and they are unable to share.
Dozens of children ages 6-12 study at Jerusalem school for children at risk. The students struggle with severe behavioral and emotional disorders and come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Vision for Israel has been supporting the school for many years and has sponsored various enriching activities for the children that they otherwise would not experience.
No word is more meaningful than the word "family." Everyone wants to belong to a family—to have parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, grandparents. The word "family" is even more powerful for people who have lost family members in terror attacks. Hundreds of terror victims who suffer from physical and emotional disabilities must learn to look forward to the rest of their lives in a positive way.
Recently, our volunteers visited three different homes of Holocaust survivors on behalf of VFI to deliver much-needed blankets. Our volunteers were blessed by their hospitality and willingness to share their stories.
Recently, our team visited Sara, a single mother, who receives financial aid for buying food and clothes. Sara's two adult sons live with her. Their apartment is very old, with old and worn-out household items. The walls are cracked and broken, the closets are broken, and up until recently one of the sons had to sleep on the floor, until he finally got a bed as a donation.
At Vision for Israel, we dedicate our time and resources to many different projects. This October, we donated our first ambulance for service in Israel. It was shipped to Israel and arrived, released from Israeli customs, right around the time of Hanukkah and Christmas. It began its duty service on December 27th, 2016, stationed near the new Millennium Center in Modi'in.
On December 29th, while transporting an expectant mother to the hospital, a baby boy was born in the ambulance at 7:26 PM. Our new ambulance brought life into the world!
Cafe Europa has been bustling with exciting activities! Vision for Israel is honored to have sponsored many events in the past few weeks, including the following:
Tali Ginsberg, a physiotherapist, gave an excellent lecture about adding life to our years. She explained how keeping active as much as possible is beneficial, and she taught exercises that everyone can do to keep their bodies strong.
Vision for Israel supports Tidhar School, which hosts children with special needs who mostly come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and are considered at-risk. We fund different activities to enrich the children's learning experience and broaden their worldviews. As part of the main theme for this school year, Jerusalem, the students went to visit two museums, sponsored by Vision for Israel. Students in 4th through 6th grades visited the Music Museum. As part of the activity, the children went through the different rooms and discovered instruments from different countries.
Vision for Israel has been assisting victims of terror for many years. We have been encouraging, building and rehabilitating the lives of people who have gone through the worst situations and saw destruction before their eyes. We have been collaborating with the organization for victims of terror to hold different events. The purpose of these events is to help the victims and their families to get out of their homes on enjoyable outings, since many of them suffer from financial and emotional difficulties and cannot go on social events.