The Fellowship-supported reinforced Eshkol Trauma Center was built in 2015 after Operation Protective Edge, a conflict with Gaza where terrorist rockets threatened Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, so people suffering from rocket trauma could receive treatment in a safe and bomb-proof building.
Today, the reinforced Eshkol Trauma Center still provides protection and comfort to the people living in the region. Just last week, the Eshkol Regional Council security team sent a message to the people living in the area that a barrage of weapons from Gaza was coming and the people should stay in protected areas.
Dozens of mortar shells were fired at Southern Israel, and one shell landed right near a kindergarten. Thankfully, no children were in the building at the time, but this incident proved to all the people at the school just how important it is to have a reinforced trauma center available to the community.
Not only do these patients receive counseling services from trained psychologists and therapists, now since 2015, thanks to The Fellowship, they receive those services in a reinforced building, safe from the rocket fire that created their trauma in the first place.
After the danger was over, residents in nearby communities surrounding Eshkol contacted the trauma center for treatment after hearing the shelling from their own homes. In many surrounding communities, there are new olim (immigrants) and groups of young volunteers who are experiencing this type of security threat for the first time. Teams of social workers from the Eshkol Trauma Center went out into the community to treat trauma victims, and also offered treatment at the reinforced center.
While we pray and hope for peace, so that no more rockets fall and threaten the Israeli people, we are thankful to our wonderful donors for supporting Fellowship security projects, like the Eshkol Trauma Center, which bring some comfort and protection to these Israelis in need.