Accessible Garden and Pathways Inaugurated at ILAN Haifa.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF inaugurates an environmental garden and upgraded mobility paths at the Haifa branch of ILAN, the Israeli Foundation for Handicapped Children, thanks to a donation from 91-year-old philanthropist Judith (Giuditta) Matalon of Milan, Italy.
"The aspirations of a healthy society are to ensure that each member can utilize his abilities to the utmost, for himself, for his family, and for society. And that is exactly what ILAN does, and the reason why we at KKL-JNF respect and appreciate ILAN," said director of KKL-JNF's Northern Region Yiftach Har-Hol, at the inauguration ceremony.
The proceedings began with the unveiling of a plaque in the newly landscaped grounds of the ILAN Haifa facility, bearing the name of the donor and the logos of ILAN and KKL-JNF.
In the large hall of the Beit Kessler building, in the presence of many of the compound's residents, Moshe Dolev, CEO of ILAN Haifa and the Manager of Beit Kessler, welcomed the guests and thanked everyone present for attending. He said that the completion of the new garden and pathways was the culmination of a five-year-long dream that was made possible due to KKL-JNF and the generous donation of Judith Matalon.
“The garden and the safe, sheltered pathway from the Beit Kessler Home to the Beit Miryam Day Center support the wellbeing and safety of 150 people, who slowly negotiate the path each day, using walkers or wheelchairs. It adds to their quality of life. I hope that this project will be expanded in the future to connect the sport and rehabilitation center to the other buildings as well.”
In his speech, KKL-JNF's Yiftach Har-Hol explained why he was so deeply in favor of the project.
“I am not aware of any other association that makes such an important contribution to people with disabilities in Israel as does ILAN. KKL-JNF is the largest environmental organization in Israel, and like ILAN, we work towards ensuring that everybody is able to experience and enjoy the treasures that nature in this country provides.”
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