When the school day ends, the children of our clubs in the Bedouin society in the Negev know that our staff will be waiting for them with a shining smile, a big hug, a warm meal, an attentive ear, and unconditional love. It is where it all starts.
The belief that no child should grow up alone has led us. In collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare and the Neve Midbar Regional Council, we establish and operate a safe and protected place for the development and growth of children, families, and the entire community.
The centers are an extraordinary opportunity to provide them with an educational, therapeutic, enriching, and experiential environment with a forward-looking attitude. We provide over 100 children with enhanced and remedial education, classes, workshops, and various activities that expose them to diverse areas of interest.
Our educational and therapeutic staff provides tailored and accurate care for each boy and girl while monitoring and maintaining contact with their school, family, and community.
The children’s families are a significant and integral part of the process and are closely involved. This partnership allows us to create ripple effects on child protection, female empowerment, and strengthening the child in their home and family.
When you arrive at our daycares, you will find that we have created a colorful space full of joy, love, renewal, and opportunities in the heart of the warm and yellow desert.
Economic, educational, and employment development in the Bedouin society is among the lowest in Israel, with all Negev Bedouin towns rated lowest on Israel’s national socio-economic rankings and infrastructure and health and education services falling below the national average.
Naturally, the difficulties associated with poverty, neglect, polygamy, and population growth from which the Bedouin society suffers are incredibly severe in vulnerable populations, particularly women and children. The relatively high birth rate and a tendency for polygamy have led to huge families and a considerable economic burden. In addition, the significant cut in child allowances in 2003 dramatically worsened the financial situation of Bedouin families.