Our Children – Our Future – Our Hope
The children that reach Hamifal’s Homes are healthy and with full intellectual potentialת but left unrealized due to the social distress they suffered in their biological homes. Our children are young in years but with a lifetime of pain.
Many have suffered tragedies, abandonment, physical and mental abuse, the death of a parent or other reasons that made it necessary for them to leave home.
Most of our children were displaced by court order or welfare authorities and were turned to our homes to receive rehabilitative and educational care.
we teach them how to find the light and help them face every situation in life in love and dignity. they lead their way in achieving their goals and we provide them with the tools and skills to accomplish it. . they are encourage to believe and trust themselves and brace their ambitions
Who are our children?
To say goodbye is always the hardest because there’s so much to say. To stay in this Village for so many years is a real treat that over the years I’ve learnt to make the best of. Many people helped me pave a solid and secure path to be able to go in for the rest of my life. I am taking away with me from this most wonderful place a bag full of wonderful experiences and very special moments that will stay with me forever.
This Children’s Village has become a part of me and became a real Home for me. There were joyful moments as well as difficult ones but it always opened its doors to me… Sincere thanks to all those who took part in my development and understanding and special thanks the Village Manager and to my foster parents who accompanied me, helped me out and believed in me through the years. Thanks a lot. With lots of love and appreciation” (Keren)
Gilli and Mike
Gilli (9 years old) and Mike (15 Years old) are siblings from two different fathers. Their mother has made Aliya together with Mike (after her divorce). As she arrived in Israel she remarried and brought Gilli to the world. When Gilli was only 3 years old her father died in an accident. Since their mother could hardly function the welfare authorities have decided to remove the children to one of Hamifal’s residential care frameworks. A few weeks before they had been placed in Hamifal (2005) their mother also died.
Gilli was absorbed in Hamifal, at the age of 5.5 years old. Mike at that time was age 11. Their grandmother despite her health condition agreed to take upon herself the responsibility for her grandchildren. However a few months later she was hospitalized and asked her daughter (Gilli and Mike’s aunt) to become the official legal guardian. In return the grandmother offered her 25% from her bequest.
Last year Gilli and Mike’s grandmother passed away, their aunt took her portion in the bequest and since then Gilli and Mike are by themselves.
According to the Israeli law Gilli can be legally adopted but she is not interested in leaving the Village.
The children have a hosting family during holidays and weekends. Mike, at the age of 15, with our help and support is taking care of Gili
God’s lost children
Roni, a 13 year-old, made Aliya together with his divorced mother 5 years ago. After she arrived in Israel, Roni’s mother remarried to an Israeli and since than has suffered from violence and abuse. A few times she was able to run away with Roni to emergency shelters. In one of her husband violent outbursts she killed her husband as an act of self-defense. Now she is in prison and Roni comes to visit her when these visits were allowed. In recent months we succeed in locating Roni’s father. Unfortunately he has been convicted for the crime of murder and serves time in prison as well. Aside from his Hamifal framework, Roni is now alone.
“…Remember when we were children
And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us
Where would we be today” — Yolanda Adams
Avi reached the Children’s Home when he was only 8 years old, sent over by his school’s therapist, after he used to disturb the lessons at school continuously, failed to study and accumulated tremendous learning gaps, in spite of his clear learning potential. Avi found it difficult to integrate among his 5 brothers and sisters at home and also suffered maltreatment there.
Avi reached our Children’s Home as a small and scared little boy and the first meeting with the children of his group and his instructors was difficult.
The older children tried to boss him around, as he was small. At school he had behavioral problems and he could not concentrate. He was “cheaky” to his teachers and did not put any effort in his studies.
Gradually, Avi got used to the Family framework in the Children’s Home as well as to the children and the educational team. Avi climbed step after step through this difficult ladder. The climb was hard and he tripped a lot but thanks to the mutual efforts of the educational team together with the psychologist and the social worker, Avi standard of behavior finally got to an appropriate level. Today, Avi behavior has become much more stable and mature. He became a responsible teenager, his grades at school have greatly improved and his overall accomplishments are very impressive.Avi leads the children’s council at the Home and was also nominated chairman of the students committee at his school.
“Now, I’m leaving my home, the home of Carmiel Children’s Village of Hamifal.
I’m seventeen and a half years old. I finished high school with a full matriculation certificate. I am about to start my army service. I have gone a long way to reach this moment. Seven and a half years ago, no one around me even thought I would get a matriculation certificate. Here, at Carmiel Children’s Village I got all the help I needed in order to overcome the many obstacles ahead.
This Home was beside me both in moments of joy and happiness well as in sadness. This Home and its people helped me realize what life is all about and how beautiful it can really get. It helped me realize my talents and set ahead goals to accomplish. Here I was taught to love and be loved.
Today, I must leave my precious home – Hamifal’s Children’s Village in Carmiel and I thank all those wonderful people who helped me through.
These children are our future…
Yoni reached the Children’s Home when he was nine years old. His mother is mentally ill and his father was known to be a criminal. Two years later, he was imprisoned. For this reason, including his difficulty both to integrate in the children’s society as well as in his hosting family to whom he was sent during weekends, he was treated by and Art Therapist.
In the therapy, Yoni was integrated in a group of two more boys. While with the group, Yoni expressed feelings of major anxiety and anger which distinguishable in his lack of trust and cooperation with the rest of the group. At the same time, Yoni received tremendous help from the therapist and the group. During his second year of therapy, Yoni was treated individually and expressed more openness in his expression of feelings. The therapist tried to strengthen the positive parts within the child and helped him grow a positive self-esteem to be able to healthily integrate in society. During his third year of therapy, Avi started showing originality in his artistic work and a high potential of organization ability, planning and perseverance, a higher ability to concentrate and the capability to postpone satisfaction. Together with the major progress he showed in his artistic expression, Yoni refrained from most verbal expression of his deficiencies. Only through art did Yoni manage to express his stormy and conflicting world, doing so with much talent and originality. In his last year at the Home, Yoni continued to show high potential and originality, and at the same time, deal with the difficulties risen during the artistic process and also look for solutions. His art expressed very meaningful contents, the subject of separation being the major one. This was a subject, which Yoni was willing to discuss verbally as well. Through the issue of separation from the Children’s Home,’ Yoni was willing to discuss other painful and hard separations from the past.
‘A’ completed his stay in the Children’s Home with a feeling of acceptance and help, both during his therapy and at the family unit, gradually building up his self-esteem and a sense of cautious optimism regarding the future