With the calendar year coming to a close, it is extremely gratifying to look back on 2017 and acknowledge the accomplishments and progress WIZO NSW has made. It is thanks to the support and generosity of our donors and the selfless dedication of our members and volunteers that we have achieved this success.
As the largest welfare organization in Israel, WIZO cares for thousands of women and children and each year new needs arise.
Our achievements in 2017 include:
Makom Balev – emergency housing and treatment centre for young women in Be’er Sheva
Makom Balev in Be’er Sheva is WIZO Australia’s newest project and the construction of the Makom Balev Centre is now well under way.
Empowering and keeping women safe is an integral part of WIZO’s philosophy. Through the creation of life changing programs, WIZO is giving women of all ages opportunities to regain ownership of their lives.
Why is Makom Balev so important?
- For 10 years, WIZO UK has been running the Adi Centre in Be’er Sheva. This centre provides support for young teenage girls (age 13-16) who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused.
- WIZO’s reputation for helping teenage girls spread throughout Be’er Sheva and older girls (age 16-26) began to approach WIZO for support.
- As the number of teenage girls increased, the premises became overcrowded and it was clear that the developmental, emotional and therapeutic needs of the two age groups were very different. The older girls needed a place of their own and WIZO began negotiations with local Municipal and Welfare Authorities in order to create ‘Makom Balev’ (a place in the heart).
In 2017, most of the crucial funding for this centre was raised and we say a profound thank to you to our wonderful WIZO NSW donors who have made this happen. Generous donations have also enabled us to landscape and fence the outdoor area. A Bomb Shelter will be installed to adjoin the current building with a secondary use as a therapy room.
We expect Makom Belav to be operational by Spring 2018.
Kitchen at WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim in Haifa – a therapeutic boarding school for troubled youth
WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim in Haifa is WIZO Australia’s flagship project. It is a unique residential school for 100 high-risk children and teenagers who come through the court and welfare system.
Every day of each year, the kitchen prepares over 400 nutritious meals and snacks for the children.
Earlier this year we were advised that after many years of use, the kitchen at WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim had failed to meet the standards of the Ministry of Health and urgent renovations were required to keep it operational.
A campaign was launched and we are please to advise that renovations are now taking place with a modern, state of the art kitchen being installed. Please see photos below.
Funds are still required to complete this renovation.
New equipment for The Raya Jaglom Multi-Purpose Day Care Centre in Tel Aviv
The Raya Jaglom Multi-Purpose Day Care Centre in Tel Aviv was last renovated 8 years ago. The constant wear and tear of day-to-day use means that many items need to be replaced.
Funds have now been raised to cover the cost of:
- Electrical kitchen appliances
- Classroom furnishings including high chairs, tables, carpets, change tables and shelving
- Beds, cots, blankets and linen
- Toys and books
- General furnishings for teachers and entrance hall
Fund raising from the following group functions, together with the WIZO NSW Annual Raffle have made this possible:
- WIZO Ayelet Melbourne Cup Luncheon
- WIZO Darom Melbourne Cup Card Day
- WIZO Rachel function honouring the life of Private Greg Sher z’l
We thank our groups who have worked incredibly hard to achieve this excellent result.