Feb 21, 2017

Valentine's Day celebration at the Rehab. Dept.

Happy Valentines Day at the Sheba Hospital!
Happy Valentines Day at the Sheba Hospital!

For the last several years, we've been offering Art Therapy workshops at the rehabilitation department at the Sheba (Tel Hashomer) Hospital. Our volunteer art teachers and artists stepped up to the challenge after a recent war left dozens of soldiers with physical and emotional scars. Art therapy has been proven to help alleviate both physical symptoms and depression, and so we came with our donated easels, paints, magazine tear-outs (for ideas) - and full hearts.

Several years, and dozens of patients later, we are proud today to welcome over 20 patients every Wednesday afternoon at the workshop. We spend 2 to 3 hours together, fine-tuning painting techniques, using our inherent talents to simply paint. Together.

Valentine's Day isn't usually celebrated in hospitals. Last Wednesday, we declared it the theme! And we had everyone choose their Valentine - and dedicate their painting to him or her. 

Dec 19, 2016

Our Meds by Bike project is now LIVE!

New Meds By Bike: Delivering free medicines!
New Meds By Bike: Delivering free medicines!

During 2016, Haverim delivered over 3,800 packages of free medicine to people in need all over Israel. In 2015, we delivered 3,200 packages a month, but kept receiving a phone call for help every 5 minutes in average, and a rise in urgent and immediate requests.

This year we decided that we simply must help more people!

We decided to take the Free Pharmacy out from our offices – directly to the patients, using motorcycles. The new Meds by Bike Project is planned to deliver Haverim’s free medication to five major cities in Israel during 2017, and seven more during 2018.

The free medicine we deliver is donated by pharmaceutical companies, or gathered in one of our hundreds of collection centers, where it is rigorously sorted by our volunteer pharmacists. Currently, the medicines are then sent by mail to the patient. But what happens when a bed-ridden or elderly patient can't reach the post office to pick up his or her meds?

That's when we initiated the Meds By Bike project - to complete 'last mile' of free medicine delivery.


Meds by Bike Project in Detail

Patients in need of urgent or chronic medication can contact Haverim, and after a brief verification process, send us their prescriptions for immediate delivery. Each motorbike will be equipped with a ‘Cool Meds’ cooler box; special containers that meet the strictest Ministry of Health criteria for pharmaceutical storage and transfer. Every cooler box includes a GPS system for real-time tracking of each package of medication, the time it was delivered to the patient, and  a temperature gauge to maintain and monitor a fixed temperature, so vital in Israel's hot climate. The motorbikes will then deliver personal packages of free medicine to the patients.


Nov 25, 2016

Rehab project now welcoming kids!

Her name is Yekaterina and she's six years old.

When we first saw her, she was in a wheelchair, curious to see what we're up to. And then she picked up a painbrush...

At the Haverim Therapy Workshop we show up every Wednesday evening at the Sheba Medical Center (Tel Hashomer). We're a bunch of volunteer art students and simply people, and every  Wednesday is different. From the moment we take out the paints and easels - curious onlookers start to gather. And then to gravitate towards them. 

We sit them down, offer a book full of ideas to copy, offer some technical pointers - and they're off.

Today she walks on her own and is a permanent member of our art rehab club! And thanks to her, we've started inviting more kids from the Rehabilitation department to join us.


Our needs are small: Easels, paints, brushes. Every donation helps.


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