ALEH Negev…from Dream to Reality
Mar 26, 2006
On December 29, 2005 the ALEH Negev Rehabilitative Village opened its doors to welcome 10 severely disabled residents.
The new residents are living in beautiful apartments designed to give them as much independence as possible. There is a separate case manager apartment within each 2-family unit wing.
Each apartment includes a kitchen, eating area, living room, two bedrooms, bath and shower, and an adjoining courtyard and grassy play area. All units and furnishings are wheelchair-accessible and designed for use by the handicapped.
The newly inaugurated residential wing is named Beit Chana Emunah. The wing was dedicated by the Silverstein Family in loving memory of their daughter and granddaughter, baby Chana Emunah Kule, OB”M.
“Although the village may not be making today’s headlines, it has already broken through innumerable barriers,” said Major General (res.) Doron Almog, chairman of ALEH Negev.
The general has spent the last two years raising funds for the project in Israel and abroad. The entire village is expected to cost $44 million dollars. Stage 1 of the project, estimated at $22 million dollars, is nearly complete.
Mrs. Rhoda Fischer, wife of the Bank of Israel’s Governor and honorary president of ALEH Negev, was very excited. “This project is meant to help people who suffer extreme difficulties throughout their daily lives, including being ostracized from society. I think that if we do not look around us every once in a while, if we are not sensitive to the weak and handicapped amongst us, we cannot be proud of our other achievements.”
Mr. Almog agreed. “I have no doubt that this initiative, which has brought about a global response of caring, sensitivity and generosity of spirit, makes us all better people.”