Art Therapy Workshop for Rehabilitating Soldiers

by Friends For Health
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Summary

For the last 9 years, every Wednesday our volunteers gather at the Rehab. Dept. at Tel Hashomer hospital, to offer war veterans a free Art Therapy Workshop. Our 'art students' are hospitalized for months on end, far from home, struggling daily to return to their mental and physical abilities. They repeatedly tell us how the weekly art workshops are like a ray of sunlight in the hospital routine. We are seeking funds only for the purchase of the canvases, paint, brushes & easels.
$12,000.00
total goal
$10,061.00
remaining
37
donors
0
monthly donors
11
months active

Challenge

The patients hospitalized at the rehabilitation department mirror Israeli society; soldiers, terror victims, Haredi, religious, Arabs, Druze and Christians. Patients of all ages gather together for therapeutic painting workshop we offer. Our 'art students' are hospitalized for weeks and months on end, far from home, struggling every day to return to their mental and physical abilities. They repeatedly tell us how the weekly art workshops are like a ray of sunlight in the hospital routine.

Solution

Eran, a soldier wounded in Operation Protective Edge told us: "After losing my right arm I started painting with my left. It turned out better than any physiotherapy, not just for my body, mostly for my mind." Eran won't be able to complete his dream trip to the Himalayas, so he painted them instead.

Long-Term Impact

Haverim has been offering the free art workshop at the Rehab. Dept. for the last nine years. We've helped hundreds of soldiers and veterans, survivors of war, terror attacks and 'plain' traffic accidents return to life - and joy - through art. They all come claiming not to know how to paint. And they all set down in front of a white canvas - and paint.

Resources

http:/​/​www.haverim.org.il/​e/​
Healing war veterans with art therapy

Organization Information

Friends For Health

Location: Bnei Brak - Israel
Website: http:/​/​www.haverim.org.il/​e/​
Project Leader:
Dalit Boutboul
Bnei Brak, Israel

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