Frequently Asked Questions

A. ALEH’s operating budget for all four rehabilitative and residential centers is about $55 million. The Israeli government provides approximately 85% of that sum, while the rest is fundraised by ALEH through private contributions. This amount does not include capital development projects, which receive 50% funding from the government.
A. Each child has different needs, so this number varies from child to child. On average, it costs approximately $4,100 per month to care for each child living at ALEH. This includes medical and caregiving services, rehabilitation and therapy, schooling, specialized equipment, food, clothing, and hygiene maintenance. Cost of care for our highest dependency children with complex medical conditions is about $5,000 per month.
A. Each ALEH center is affiliated with a hospital in the region. Senior staff and pediatric specialists in Tel HaShomer Hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, and Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva enable ALEH to provide its children with the highest level and latest methods of care both on a daily basis and in situations where medical complications arise.
A. Parents and families are actively encouraged to visit ALEH whenever they want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and to be personally involved in their child’s development. The organization offers counseling services and support to families, and its social workers work as liaisons between families and staff. ALEH also runs numerous family-oriented events throughout the year at which parents and siblings can enjoy their child’s company in a fun, supportive atmosphere. An annual march, holiday celebrations, and an end-of-year school outing are just some of the many integrative social events to which families are invited and encouraged to attend. Furthermore, via technological avenues such as Skype and an ambitious iPad project, children from ALEH are able to maintain an ongoing relationship with their families and share daily events with them.
A. While government funding covers the bulk of ALEH’s operating expenses, ALEH is determined to provide more extensive therapy and medical services than are funded by the relevant government ministries. This is especially important considering that our children have multiple, severe disabilities that require a more intensive therapy program than the typically allotted hours. ALEH also provides a higher ratio of caregivers per child in order to give our children the individualized quality care they require. Additionally, various innovative rehabilitative programs, outings, and custom-designed therapy equipment all require private fundraising.
A. ALEH is Israel’s most comprehensive organization caring for children with multiple severe disabilities, whose complex physical and cognitive complications require support for all basic functions. The organization’s network currently provides full-day frameworks for over 750 children and young adults. Similar organizations refer their most complex cases to ALEH.

In addition, ALEH is unique in that it meets all of its children’s needs: residential, supportive, educational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and social activities within a medically safe environment – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ALEH’s programs provide children and their families a framework for life – from infancy through adulthood, including hospice care. The framework includes Early Intervention, Kindergarten, Special education schooling, Vocational programming and Assisted-Living Homes for adults.
A. Donations to ALEH are recognized as tax deductible in Israel, the USA, the UK ,Canada, The Netherlands and Gemany. ISRAEL – ALEH Israel: 58-004-030-1 USA – ALEH Israel Foundation: 30-0456686 CANADA – ALEH Rehabilitation of Canada: 86477 4088 RR0001 UK – British Friends of ALEH: 327766 Netherlands – Stichting ALEH Israël (ANBI): 856245537 Germany – Freunde von ALEH Israel e.V.: VR 11583
A. ALEH built a rehabilitative village in the Negev in order to provide rehabilitative opportunities to the entire Negev population which had previously suffered from a tremendous shortage of paramedical, therapeutic and special education services. Additionally, the Negev region offers space, freedom and a sense of well-being that cannot be duplicated in major cities. This is a tremedous advantage for young adults with severe disabilities. Finally, the presence of the a rehabilitation village contributes significantly to the area’s economic growth, offering over 500 employment opportunities in a large variety of fields.
A. ALEH has a committed board comprised of community activists and prominent business people. Among the high-profile board members are Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev; Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall; Mrs. Johanna Arbib, former Chair of the World Board of Trustees at Keren Hayesod; and Major General Benny Ganz, former Chief of General Staff of the IDF – all of whom are personally acquainted with ALEH and in close contact with its administration.
A. At ALEH, children with complex medical conditions are able to live in warm, home-like surroundings that are completely different from a hospital environment. Their caregivers and nurses remain the same familiar faces, their rooms are decorated and designed like a home, and care is given in an individualized and warm manner. In addition, daily life continues uninterrupted. Children who would otherwise be lying in a hospital bed are able to continue to attend school, receive therapy and participate in daily activities while receiving the complex medical care they require.