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It is 7 am on a spring Sunday morning in Tel Aviv and Rosa can hardly wait to be unbuckled from her buggy to be swept up into the arms of the metapelet (care giver) in a warm hug at the Raya Jaglom Multipurpose Day Care Centre sponsored by WIZO Australia.

Over the weekend, Rosa has missed the closeness of her warm and welcoming caregivers. She has missed climbing upon the knee of the nursery assistants and playing closely with her little friends. Over the weekend, Rosa had sat alone, mostly watching TV. Sometimes, she looked out of the window and saw other children and their parents playing in the park, but Rosa’s mother did not approve of that.

It is only at the Day Care Centre that Rosa can be totally at ease sitting on the floor, picking up her toys and playing with the puzzles because no one there insists on wearing plastic gloves when they picked her up or took her by the hand. And as a two-year-old toddler, Rosa was entitled to be messy and she needed to touch.

But home is fraught for Rosa. Despite the pleas from her husband, Rosa’s mother refuses to get treatment for her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which has had an adverse effect on her daughter’s wellbeing. Rosa’s mother will not hug her daughter for fear of germs, nor will she brush Rosa’s beautiful blond hair because she says she ‘might catch something’. She insists on covering the handles of the buggy with plastic bags and she pushes her daughter away when she tries to hold her hand. Rosa’s mother cannot bring herself to have any close physical contact with Rosa. Typically, her OCD manifests itself as a fear of contamination by dirt and a compulsion for extreme order and tidiness

Away from the Day Care Centre, Rosa’s father is the only stabilising factor in the little girl’s life and he works closely with the social workers and support staff at the Raya Jaglom Multipurpose Day Care Centre but his work requires him to often spend time abroad.

Rosa attends the Care centre from seven in the morning until seven in the evening. She receives all the basic physical, emotional and developmental needs as well as nutritious home-cooked meals. Her parents are grateful to the Day Care Centre staff for their professional and holistic care of their daughter. They have benefitted greatly through therapy and parenting courses.

Rosa’s mother says she does not know what she would do if it were not for the love and support of the WIZO staff at the Raya Jaglom Multipurpose Day Care Centre.

This update is in memory of Raya Jaglom z”l, a WIZO matriarch, who passed away recently at age of 98.

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