WIZO. Doing What Matters. Looking after the children of heroes!
The medical personnel who fight on the front line in the ever-escalating war against the devastating spread of coronavirus around the world deserve the admiration and respect of all of us.
As the pandemic tightens its grip in Israel, selfless and exhausted doctors, nurses and hospital workers put family life on hold, working long hours in medical centers across the country, at great personal risk of catching the virus and getting sick themselves.
WIZO operate Day Care Centres in five major hospitals in Israel. Generally, they are open to the babies and toddlers of parents in the local vicinity, but since the Ministry of Health closed Day Care centres to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the WIZO Day Care Centres on hospital sites continue to operate only for the children of essential health care workers employed at the hospitals.
Every morning, as the parents drop off their children at the five WIZO Day Care Centres, at the Barzilay Medical Centre in Ashkelon, the Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Zrifin, the Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, stringent health checks are performed.
Nurses take the temperature of the parents and children to ensure there is no risk of infection before they are allowed in. All the caregivers, cooks, and support staff at the Day Care Centres undergo the same rigorous tests.
“It is bittersweet,” said WIZO caregiver, Anat. “many of the children here are older than the babies and toddlers we usually serve, but we love them just the same. Their schools are closed but their parents must work, they are saving lives. They are heroes. The sacrifices they make… well, it makes you humble. When they come to pick up the kids at the end of the shift, I see the pain in their eyes. And it’s like they are carrying the whole world on their shoulders. You know, it’s heartbreaking. This situation…”
And WIZO will continue to look after the children of heroes – for as long as it takes.
We hope and pray it won’t take too long.
(Photo credit: Din Aharoni Rolland)
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