Finding their own strength

December 5, 2013 13:45

The Beit Ruth educational and therapeutic village sets at-risk girls on productive path.

Beit Ruth girls.

Beit Ruth girls 521. (photo credit:Courtesy)

The Welfare and Social Services Ministry maintains a list of 20,000 names – girls in Israel living in unstable environments, neglected by their families and on a path towards destructive behavior, either to themselves or to society.

Just over a year ago, on the sixth day of Operation Pillar of Defense, a crowd gathered in a few newly built houses in Afula. The opening ceremony for the Beit Ruth educational and therapeutic village for girls opened its doors, in the shadow of the eight-day operation to stop incessant rocket fire coming from the Gaza Strip. It demonstrated the type of freedom and initiative that Israel had been fighting to preserve.


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