ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran: Response Under Fire
Mar 14, 2012
UPDATE – March 14, 2012
As of today, we are pleased to report that the situation has calmed down for residents of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. Although the village remains in a state of preparedness, the children have now been able to exit the sheltered rooms, and have resumed their regularly scheduled daily activities.
Throughout the country, all are hopeful that the cease fire will hold, and that the immediate danger is behind us.
UPDATE – 3/11/2012: THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING!
As rockets continue to fall throughout the south of Israel, including the Ofakim region, all necessary precautions are being taken at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.
The entire village has been at high alert since Friday night, when air-raid sirens sounded continuously. The staff has been briefed with clear instructions on what to do when the piercing sound of a siren is heard, and how to act quickly and efficiently to ensure the residents’ safety at all times.
The shelters are all equipped with vital medical equipment and supplies. Since Operation Cast Lead in January 2009, when ALEH Negev was bombarded, and again last summer when the village was in the line of fire, the level of preparedness has been upgraded and the rooms reinforced for protection.
How do you prepare scores of youngsters with severe disabilities for spending the night inside a shelter?It is impossible to explain to a cognitively disabled child that he must take refuge. Because they cannot comprehend the situation, it is very important that as much normalcy and regular routine is maintained for residents. At the moment, work, play and activities are taking place inside the sheltered rooms. The dedicated staff has mobilized to preserve an air of calm, making the residents as comfortable as possible from the moment they are wheeled into the sheltered rooms.
In addition to the hardworking and devoted caregivers on duty, senior staff members have also been taking turns in shifts to ensure that everything is under control. Volunteers and parents of residents have taken to sleeping overnight at the village to lend an extra pair of hands, helping out wherever needed.
We’d like to thank our many friends and supporters who have shared their concern about the safety and welfare of ALEH Negev’s residents during this difficult time. Your encouragement gives us strength to carry on!
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