Who we are?
SOS Israel was founded in the 1970's by the late Dr. Kurtz. In 1981 our first village was opened in the southern city of Arad between Beersheba and the Dead Sea. In 1997 our second village was opened in the northern city of Migdal Ha'Emek, near the city of Nazareth. Today these 2 villages serve as home to over 200 children.
Who are our children?
Our children, who range in age from 6-23, are referred to us by social welfare services from all over Israel after being declared children at risk. Many are placed in our villages under court order. Some of them are orphans. Most have biological families that they see regularly. Those who do not, are linked by the village staff with host families so that they too will experience a home setting on holidays, weekends and other occasions, beyond their home in the village.
What do our villages look like?
Our villages are similar to all other SOS Villages in that 8-10 children of varying ages live in houses with their 'Mother'. Each village contains between 8-13 such houses. In addition, we have youth facilities in each village serving up to 15 male and female adolescents. Both villages are located in residential areas of their cities with grass and trees along with expansive play areas, but are contained in a protected and safe environment on a full facility campus.
What about schools?
Our children study in community schools. If needed, they are placed in schools further away from the village and transported back and forth daily. We provide the children with all their school needs. We maintain close contact with the schools and provide on campus private tutoring for all the children, so that they will have all the tools necessary to maximize their studies.
Who is our staff?
As in all SOS Villages we have 'mothers', 'aunts', administrative and technical support staff and therapeutic staff. Each of our villages has a social work staff that serve as managers and coordinators for the implementation of the individual child's care plan. Various therapeutic activities are provided on and off campus, for example, therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic animal care, music therapy, psychodrama and psychiatric intervention is available when needed. Medical attention is provided through local community health fund infirmaries. In addition, each village has a dedicated cadre of post high school volunteers who come for a year to live and work in the village, before continuing on to the Israeli army or other activities. These volunteers serve as role models and "big brothers and sisters" to our children and youth, in addition to their invaluable efforts in many other areas of the village life. Alongside the therapeutic activities we have free time activities such as sports, music and photography classes.
What is our budget?
Our annual budget in 2008 was approximately 18 Million New Shekels. As our services and numbers of children grow, so do our costs. Our budget for 2009 reached 19 Million Shekels and our budget for 2010 is about 20 Million NIS. We receive most of our village running costs per child from government subsidies. The rest of our operational costs come from SOS funds. The entire cost of the national office, which consists of 4 workers including the National Director, is from SOS funds. Developmental budgets are mostly dependent on generous donors and foundations.
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- National Director
- ICT & ND Assistent
- chief accountant
shenn Elizabeth (Liz)
- sponsorship coordinator
- New Media and Digital Fundraiser
Members of Board of Directors - Review
Nelly Geva - National Director - Comes to SOS from her previous position as assistant director of the "National Program for Children and Youth at Risk" in the Ministry of Welfare. Before that she was the Regional Director of Emek Hefer, the manager of the Department of Welfare and the Station for Social Services in Family Care in the region, and the Professional Staff Guide in the Department of Welfare and the Station for Social Services in Family Care in the region. She has a BA in social work and an MA in psychology.
Chairman of the board-
Mr. Meyer, Natan – Former Director of Government Information Services (the Israeli government's Public Relations Department). Served as Economic Attaché in Israeli Embassy in London. Holds a B.A. in economics and political science and an M.A. in Business Administration.
Mr. Segev, Shlomo – Was a Senior Official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Police, and served as Chief Accountant for the police. He was seriously injured during the Six Day War, in 1967.
Mrs. Hazani, Yehudit – Served as director of the Human Resources Planning Department in the Israeli Police Department. Served as director of the Staff Division of the Israeli Police Department. Serves today as personal and business coach for individuals and groups in the area of Management, vocational counseling and career guidance.
Mr. Zaga, Moshe – Served as senior civil servant in the Ministry of Welfare. Was responsible for welfare in the Gaza Strip for over 25 years. Was responsible for Internal Affairs in Judea and Samaria. Holds both B.A. and M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies.
Mrs. Giladi-Dor, Sarit – Served for twenty years in senior management positions in public and private organizations with economic orientations, in the fields of information and marketing. Over the years, she has served the following positions: management member of the Israeli Electricity Company (head of public relations, advertising, and community relations), spokeswoman for the Bank of Israel, marketing and business development manager in the accounting firm KPMG Somech Heiken, spokeswoman for the Bank of the East (Mizrachi), spokeswoman for Income Tax, and spokeswoman for the Teachers' Union. Today she serves as a communications consultant and guides brand processes for companies and organization in both the public and private sector. Holds an M.A. in Political Science and Communications.
Mrs. Keller, Hanna - A lawyer by profession, Hanna served as the Police and Prison Complaints Commissioner in the Israeli Police (currently retired). She also held a number of senior position in the Israeli Police Force, such as – Assistant General Counsel, Appeals Court President, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Public Security, the representative of the Minister of Public Security talks with the Palestinians, a member of the police commission on the subject of peace agreements with Jordan, representative of the Ministry of Public Security and Chairman of the Delegation to the UN Committee
of Law Enforcement and Civil Crime Prevention. She is a graduate of the law faculty of Hebrew University.
Mr. Liberman, Emanuel – Started as an officer in the IDF Munitions Corps. He served as programming and logistics manger in many in a number of large companies. Today, he is a pension consultant in Discount bank. Holds a B.A. in Industrial Management Engineering and an M.A. with a specialization in Finance.
Mr. Sedlar, Zdenko - SOS Children's Villages International Representative. Born in Croatia, Sedlar holds a degree in Social Pedagogy from Zahgreb University. Currently, he is the Regional Manager of the international organization in the area of Eastern European States and the Baltics.
Mrs. Krabacher, Angelika - SOS Children's Villages International Representative. Director of Fund Development & Communications- International Office EE/CIS.