Jun 2, 2009
“This place is both the saddest and the most joyous place in the world. There are no bounds to the joy here when one of the children utters a syllable, smiles, looks straight into someone’s eyes… “ [excerpt from Yediot Aharonot article by Eitan Haber]
He has covered war and a prime minister’s assassination, and he is renowned for his writing on military and security issues. But when noted journalist Eitan Haber visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, he reported it as one of the most powerful things he’d ever witnessed.
The visit came in the wake of Haber’s involvement with Kfar Nahar HaYarden – the Jordan River Village, a vacation resort for seriously ill children from the Middle East. That village, chaired by the famed actor Chaim Topol, is part of an international organization of camps founded by the late Paul Newman.
Haber came to ALEH Negev to learn how this pioneering rehabilitative village functioned so successfully, and to see what could be applied from its guiding principles and level of devoted care. The moving account of his visit was published in the Yediot Aharonot Hebrew daily, and has garnered much interest and attention from readers.
ALEH believes that every child, regardless of disability or level of impairment, deserves to benefit from the best available care and develop to his or her fullest potential. But in addition to offering seriously disabled children and young adults all the specialized services they require in a quality environment, ALEH seeks promote awareness and acceptance of special needs population within the community at large, across cultural and interdenominational boundaries.
We are grateful to Eitan Haber for his empathy and sensitivity in disseminating his own personal message; in doing so, he has certainly helped ALEH to achieve that important goal.
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