Summer's a time when children are able to take a break from school, recharge their batteries, and simply have a good time. Whether spending time in summer camp or joining their families on vacation, the change of scenery and routine are instrumental in helping them develop and prepare for the challenges of the coming school year.
Unfortunately, children in Israel's orphanages don't have the luxury of looking forward to the recreation and experiences that every child needs and deserves.
In order to provide these children with an educational and enjoyable summer experience, The Fellowship approved a grant as part of our Fellowship Summer Shelter program to provide a two-day getaway for 4,200 children and staff from 67 Department of Welfare orphanages around Israel. They'll visit sites and attractions during the day, and sleep in guest houses at night.
An Exciting Adventure
Eighty children from Fellowship-supported Ohr Simcha Home for Boys were among those participating in this program. The boys left Ohr Simcha early in the morning and traveled to northern Israel near the Lebanon border, where they were treated to a jeep tour of the area. When the boys were asked if any had ever been in a jeep before, the answer was a resounding, "No."
They then continued to Rainbow Cave in the Galilee, one of Israel's most beautiful natural wonders. Following lunch, the boys continued to the Kziv Stream, a 12-mile-long stream that sits along one of the most beautiful trails in Israel. The trail includes a spring tunnel and a Crusader fortress on the mountainside.
The boys were tired, but excited when they reached the guest house in Akko. After eating a nourishing dinner, they began an evening of activities around the theme of teamwork, including a big tug-of-war.
The reaction from the boys showed just how much this trip meant to them. Here are a few:
Noam: "This has been the best day of my life. The jeep trip was amazing! I've never slept in a hotel before."
Yitzhak: "Today was so much fun! We went crawling through caves and walking in the lake. I can't wait for tomorrow. Thank you for making it possible."
Avi: "I live in a Fellowship House and now you've treated us to this amazing day. You're like my family. Thank you."