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!
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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Ayala enjoying a rainbow kite activity
Ayala enjoying a rainbow kite activity

Creativity in isolation is the name of the game in Beit Uri. Small groups have full days of arts, music and sports activities. Morale is high and sanitization and cleanliness a priority. Extra staff hours, psychological care for residents yearning for human touch and outings into the community require special attention. Working to keep everyone healthy and happy has been the main theme throughout the village. With GlobalGiving funding therapeutic materials have been purchased and used on a daily basis.

We will truly be measured on how we look after the weakest links in our society and your support helps us through the long tunnel out into the sunshine !

Cleaning is in !!
Cleaning is in !!
Outdoors is the best for Merav
Outdoors is the best for Merav
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Zeevi the poster boy candle maker
Zeevi the poster boy candle maker

Happy Zeevi was Beit Uri’s poster boy making candles for many, many years. During the course of the GlobalGiving campaign our popular candle-maker, one of over a hundred residents, developed signs of early dementia, often looking lost and forlorn, unable to remember how to make candles, losing all desire to leave his residential home and walk out into the spacious green areas. The staff decided a change in jobs would be a possible trigger and it was agreed to move him to the carpentry workshop. This has proved a positive step and although often confused and sad, he arrives every day and on many occasions can be found smiling with a saw in his hand, eager to carve out a creation in this bustling carpentry environment.

Your donations have contributed towards the purchase of a multi-function, much-needed combiner tool which now enables all the carpentry participants to cut, feed wood, trim boards, design patterns and make holes or special shapes to perfect the many pieces of furniture produced - beds, tables and doors as well as household items for sale in the in-house gallery.

Thanks for helping start the New Year with the purchase of a piece of fine machine technology. Come and visit the bustling carpentry corner in Beit Uri and see for yourselves how you have made a difference in the lives of residents in this very special home !

Zeevi sawing in carpentry workshop
Zeevi sawing in carpentry workshop
New multi-function carpentry combiner
New multi-function carpentry combiner
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Despite being blind and deaf Eldar happily holds his basketry instructor's hand as she passes him the dampened cane branches. Masterfully he intertwines the cane at an incredible spead producing baskets, baby doll carriages, exquisite serving trays and picnic baskets. 

Saddened when the working day ends and dependent on others to walk with him and help him combat his dark and quiet world, Eldar's creativity fills his life and knows no bounds.

The amazing kiln that was purchased with GlobalGiving funds has recently been working overtime as an order was made for 160 ceramic candlesticks for a wedding table decoration. So many residents have their daily employment conditions improved because of your generousity. 

With updated equipment you help bring light into Eldar's dark world and smiles on everyone's faces

Beit Uri thanks you ! 

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Beit Uri

Location: afula - Israel
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Project Leader:
Jeanette koll
Afula, Israel
$42,446 raised of $60,000 goal
 
457 donations
$17,554 to go
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