A Day with KKL-JNF in the Bomb Shelters of Southern Israel

"The activities organized by KKL-JNF are so important for us. Most of the day we just stay at home with our children, and here we're together with other people," said Yaarit, a drama teacher who lives in Paamei Tashaz. We met Yaarit while visiting a bomb shelter in Paamei Tashaz, where KKL-JNF National Service volunteers Dekel and Ofek led activities for local youth at a secure building in the v

July 24, 2014 17:17
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A Day with KKL-JNF in the Bomb Shelters of Southern Israel-1. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 Paamei Tashaz is one of fourteen communities that are located in the Merhavim Regional Council in the western Negev, one of the areas in southern Israel that has been bombarded by missiles from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the latest round of hostilities between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. "Yonatan, my three-year old son, has basically stopped talking and the main sound he makes is an imitation of the wail of the sirens," said Yaarit. 

According to Hannah Bechar, director of KKL-JNF's Western Negev Community and Forest Department, "it's our job to connect with the community, especially at a time like this. Now its summer vacation, the kids are all at home, and it's like everyone is in a big pressure cooker. Together with KKL-JNF's Education and Youth Division, we try to be as involved with the community as possible, to see how KKL-JNF can assist people at this difficult time. I'm really proud of our National Service volunteers, who go wherever we send them, regardless of how dangerous it might be."

Orgil, a special education teacher who also lives in Paamei Tashaz, said that since the fighting started, all the children talk about is the war. 

"When the children are at home," Orgil said, "even though we try our best to prevent it, they see the news on TV all day long and it increases their terror and anxiety. That's why activities like these are so important for the children and for us. It gives us a chance to get out and forget the impossible situation we live in, even if for a couple hours. It's like a breath of fresh air."

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