COVID-19  Israel Project #32272

Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!

by Beit Uri
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!
Being Healthy is Worth Celebrating!

Since the summer, Beit Uri residents have taken to climbing to great heights with the help of 'Etgarim-Challenges"  Association for the Disabled.  Outdoor activities and educational programs have opened up a world of adventure and excitement to the 118 residents -  both children and adults -  living in the village. 

Residents can be found climbing, swinging from trees, overcoming their anxieties harnesssed and supervised with equipment freeing them from the complexities of wheelchair constraints, visually impaired accessories and mobility walkers.

Many residents during the corona restrictions have spread their wings and enjoyed the benefits of outside activities providing enjoyment at the same time as exercising their bodies. 

Thank you all for supporting this unique and important program, helping  the residents stay healthy and happy ! 

       

      Wishing all Beit Uri's friends a Happy and Healthy 2022 !  

Joy of swinging
Joy of swinging
Overcoming fear of heights
Overcoming fear of heights
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Rejoicing good health
Rejoicing good health

Beit Uri is a residential community providing nurturing care and employment for over 100 special needs residents aged 7-62 in Israel. Corona in and out of the village has been roller coaster - challenges have been great. Next week everyone will receive their third booster shot !!                  

Despite a cut back in assemblies and performances, the creative staff working in small groups have taken day trips to nearby farms and pools enabling smiles and joy despite the intense summer heat with pet therapy proving to be one of the most successful ways to overcome corona.  

The 12 arts & crafts workshops supported by GlobalGiving donations have amongst other projects been busy building the wooden furniture for ALL the workshops - tables, shelving, storage cupboards - upgrading working conditions for adults over 21. This is where your wonderful donations are going !!! 

   Despite recent unrest between Arab and Jewish communities, Beit Uri continues to lead the path of co-existence with over a quarter of its dedicated staff from the nearby Israeli Arab towns and villages. Care and dedication definitely helps builds bridges and your support helps keep these bridges stable.

Thank you for your ongoing care and support.                          

                    

Upgrading Furniture
Upgrading Furniture
True co-existence
True co-existence
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Nurturing the goats
Nurturing the goats

 

In the aftermath of the pandemic outbreak and long quarantined days inside,  small group therapy in Beit Uri’s aviary, goat compound and growing pet corner, have taken on a new perspective.

 As an active educational therapeutic area, many individuals and groups of school aged kids, youth and adults are being trained to clean, prepare food and take on responsibilities in maintaining the entire area.

The animal pens continuously in need of equipment and food stocks, enable residents to interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, parrots, cockatiels and goats - promoting self-confidence, motivation, emotional development and empathy towards the nurtured animals. 

Your donations, during this very difficult period have enabled animal therapy to flourish and put smiles on so very many Beit Uri faces !

Maintaining the pet corner
Maintaining the pet corner
Enjoying the birds
Enjoying the birds
Feeding time !
Feeding time !
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Enjoying the music garden
Enjoying the music garden

Despite Corona restrictions, Chanukah the Festival of Light has been filled with light and music. With the help of GlobalGiving donations Beit Uri moved its music activities outdoors and small groups of residents are enjoying a newly built landscaped area with specially-designed climate friendly instruments. Adults and children are now able to explore their senses through musical vibrations in a magical music garden.  

In the adjacent ‘villa’ for independent living in the community a group of busy bakers have perfected bread-making techniques and opened a tasty cottage industry for all to enjoy. Art projects, a renovated pet corner and music-filled days keep the village buzzing and full of sunshine !

 Even the visually impaired are participating in lighting chanukah candles and spreading light for others

Your support continues to strengthen Beit Uri through this period with dedicated commitment to offering a nurturing and healthy environment for a very special community.  

 

         Happy Chanukah and a Big Thank You !

Music music everywhere
Music music everywhere
Lighting chanukah candles
Lighting chanukah candles
Baking cottage industry
Baking cottage industry
Painting the sunshine !
Painting the sunshine !
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Reizele enjoying ceramic activity in corona wing.
Reizele enjoying ceramic activity in corona wing.

  

Quarantine and isolation have become the norm over the last few weeks in Beit Uri. Following routine ministry of health testing for the entire home, one out of the 118 tests came back positive ! 

A repeat test a few days later showed a false-positive result, but immediate isolation had already kicked in for 53 year old Reizele - confined to a seperate fully-equipped corona wing with a dedicated care giver living with her for an entire week.

Parallel to this, the house Reizele lives in started 10 days of quarantine with 15 residents and 6 staff members confined to their residential building. A demanding reality for an already challenged population.

Reizele spent her days drawing and illustrating pages of stickers and her own designs; stringing ceramic beads to produce necklaces and hand made mobiles - creative activites she works in and truly loves. Music was played and films watched on a TV screen enabling the week to pass with smiles and laughter...and most importantly in good health !

The quarantined residents had sports, art, baking and music activities in their own house which fortunately has a large deck and fenced in garden for multiple outdoor activities. 

The Israeli Ministry of Health subsequently requested weekly testing for all Beit Uri residents and staff members in a valiant effort to keep Beit Uri Corona Free !! 

Thanks for helping Beit Uri staff continue to be creative in caring and enbaling all to stay protected and occupied. 

Aviram baking during quarantine
Aviram baking during quarantine
Occupational therapy during quarantine
Occupational therapy during quarantine
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Beit Uri

Location: afula - Israel
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Project Leader:
Jeanette koll
Afula, Israel
$39,627 raised of $50,000 goal
 
433 donations
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