A Resident Named Fu

A Resident Named Fu

Thursday, January 11th, 2018


Towards the end of the 1970s, one month after he was elected prime minister of Israel, Menachem Begin issued an order to accept Vietnamese refugees who had fled from their war-torn country. The refugees, who fled in small boats, were picked up by Israeli ships.

Kau Fu, the son of one refugee family brought to Israel, was unable to live at home due to multiple intellectual and physical disabilities.  He joined the ALEH Jerusalem family at a very young age, and as he grew older, he was transferred to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. In the village, Fu lived in a beautiful assisted-living home until his medical condition deteriorated and he was moved into the high-dependency wing.

Fu was a wonderful resident, peaceful and with a special love for animals and all animal related activities.

Once he became stronger, Fu returned to his residential home; however he passed away a few short months later, on May 7, 2016.

Unfortunately, Fu’s family was not at all involved in his life. The AKIM organization was appointed as Fu’s guardian.

This past May, on the first anniversary of his passing, a group of National Service volunteers at the village asked to visit his grave. Upon their arrival, they were dismayed to see that there was no tombstone. The village administration, led by our amazing social worker Merav Nadger, and in conjunction with National Insurance Institue, took the matter in hand, and a respectable tombstone was erected in Fu’s memory.

The village, our staff and volunteers, continues to be a home and warm family to the most vulnerable and purest in our society, even when they are no longer with us.

May his memory be a blessing.