At a glance:
- 126 students
- 145 residents
- 2 months - 61 years
- 46320 outpatient treatments annually
- 480 staff members
- 738 volunteers + thousands of visitors
- Accessible Outdoor Amphitheater
- Assisted-Living Apartment Units
- Dental Clinic specially adapted for people with disabilities
- High Dependency Hospital Center
- Horseback Riding Track
- Hydrotherapy Pool
- Safari Petting Zoo
- Therapeutic Gardens
- Vocational Workshop Center
ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran
P.O.B. 331, Ofakim 8751301
Director: Avi Wortzman
A village in every sense of the word, the facility is currently home to over 140 young people who are encouraged to develop a greater degree of independence in order to become productive members of Israeli society. ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran provides a continuum of residential care for children with complex disabilities as they grow from adolescents into young adults, and empowers them to interact with the outside world, develop a greater degree of independence and live quality lives while realizing their full potential.
Taking into consideration quality of life issues, the village features large parks and lounge areas for the residents to enjoy as well as plenty of grassy areas adjoining the living quarters.
At full capacity, the Village will also provide much-needed outpatient services to the 12,000 children and young adults living in the surroundings areas who, until now, had to wait several months for therapy sessions in the existing local medical center or travel up to four hours to medical centers in the Tel Aviv area. ALEH Negev also provides jobs to hundreds of area residents in a variety of fields, including education, rehabilitation, maintenance, administration, medicine, supportive care and more.
The Village includes onsite cutting-edge therapy frameworks including a state-of-the-art Hydrotherapy Pool, Safari Petting Zoo and Therapeutic Horseback Riding Track.
A $42 million dollar project, ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran has connected Israeli government ministries, foundations, philanthropists and individuals worldwide in a project creating hope and flourishing opportunities for integration, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities within society at large.
ALEH Negev is the only facility of its kind in Israel, and is being closely studied by experts from around the world as the paradigm of excellence in rehabilitative care.
A National Project for the State of Israel
ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran represents a unique achievement for the State of Israel. Its cutting-edge concept – empowering adults with complex disabilities to interact with the outside world and enjoy a real quality of life – has set a new benchmark in the field of special education and attracted the attention of experts across the globe.
In June 2003, the State of Israel recognized the importance of ALEH Negev by declaring it a national project. The Israel Lands Administration designated an area of 25 acres for the project, and the project was overseen by the Southern Development Authority in coordination with the ALEH organization.
At the groundbreaking ceremony on June 12, 2003, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon praised the establishment of ALEH Negev and commented:
“The location of the village – the city of Ofakim and the regional council of Merhavim – is just a hint of the tremendous latent potential of the Negev, which David Ben Gurion foresaw as the future of the State of Israel. Every new project built here utilizes this potential and is an expression of its contribution to the development of the area, to an increase in professional manpower, and to the creation of further employment opportunities.”
The chairman of ALEH Negev is Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, an Israeli military hero whose son, Eran, was born with severe autism and intellectual disabilities. Eran was the spirit and inspiration for the founding of the Village which provided him with so much joy and love. Following his untimely passing in February 2007, the village was renamed ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, as a tribute and legacy to this amazing young man.