Developmental Playroom in Beit Jann
The Druze community in Israel has limited access to opportunities and resources that allow optimal integration in the society, despite its longstanding commitment to Israel. All indicators show a severe lack of essential services and solutions.
Developmental playroom is a key enrichment program we operate in Beit Jann. It allows parents and children to play together and experience a variety of games involving different development aspects (sensory-motor, cognitive and social). The activity combines free play and guided activity led by a professional guide, during five days a week.
Due to the lack of services and facilities for young children in Druze settlements, the playroom is crucial for improving the parent-child bond and exposure to developmental games and materials, especially for young children that don't attend daycare (which is common), while parents can consult professional staff. The activities contribute to normative development of young children – a firm foundation for healthy community and society. Over 100 families visit the playroom on a regular basis and the demand is constantly on the rise.
The annual operation cost of the playroom is CAD $50,000 and we need your help! Your contribution to this project may change the lives of children and their families.
Assistive technology training for parents of blind and visually impaired children
3000 Israeli children are dealing with blindness or visual impairment of different levels. Many parents wish to become involved with the special tools that are available for their children's use, in order to learn, practice and improve their abilities and independence.
Visually-impaired teenagers also wish to master assistive technology tools, so that they can free themselves from their parents' natural overprotectiveness, and increase their functional independence.
Migdal Or, the leading provider of rehabilitation services for blind and visually-impaired people in Israel, has developed a unique training program for parents of children with blindness or visual impairment. The program's objective is to broaden the parent's knowledge of different aids and services; so that they can later practice with their children and help them independently cope with their disability. The subjects include: Introduction to services available in their community, Smartphones and essential applications, accessible games, usage and practice of computers and low vision aids.
Our goal is to engage at least 20 families a year in this unique training program. Cost for the participation of one family: CAD $ 670; Total project cost per year: CAD $13,400.
Northern Goals Association was established in 2004. The Association aims to identify needs, initiate and develop optimal solutions and programs for the benefit of the northern periphery residents, and particularly for young children, girls, women and at-risk populations. Our mission is to assist the underprivileged in Northern Israel, helping them reach their true potential and become productive, contributing members of society.
Our main fields of activity include:
- Work with disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women;
- Rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired people;
- A wide variety of early childhood programs;
- Treatment of children and youth who are victims of sexual assault;
- Empowerment of families struggling with poverty and exclusion.
The association, with more than 550 employees, touches the lives of over 20,000 people a year.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Resource Development
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