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!
Hezi showing off his latest ceramic creation
Hezi showing off his latest ceramic creation

Over 70 adult members of the Beit Uri village are busy creating woven, woolen, wooden items, mosaic and ceramic wall hangings, recycled paperware, bakeries and candle table pieces for the first arts and crafts bazaar in over two years !

Gatherings are once more permitted and with almost the entire village recovered from Covid - the 15 workshops are once again buzzing with creative enthusiasm. 

Eldar - blind and deaf uses his sense of smell and feel to weave splendid, professional baskets and trays  - each of which is snapped up by the many craft shoppers. 

Hezi, in his 40's has spent most of his life in Beit Uri and has become a craftsman of many trades. Despite visual impairment and complex behaviour issues, his professional skills enable him to be busy making ceramic plant holders, colourful mobiles and mosaic-covered mirrors and table tops. 

Yair, works hand-in-hand with one of the 55 Israeli moslem staff members who make up over a quarter of the professionals employed in this multi-faceted community. 

Beit Uri situated in a neighborhood called Givat Hamoreh - The Hill of Learning in the north of Israel, takes pride in a special atmosphere of harmonious living and working together in a region that could well look at this hill of learning as an inspiration.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors creativity and ability continue to shine in this unique home for special people. 

Eldar feels his masterpiece
Eldar feels his masterpiece
An eldar basket for sale !
An eldar basket for sale !
Yair and Ranah weave together
Yair and Ranah weave together
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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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Beit Uri

Location: afula - Israel
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Project Leader:
Jeanette koll
Afula, Israel
$40,765 raised of $60,000 goal
 
449 donations
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