A New Playground for the Children of Kibbutz Sufa, Near Gaza

Chilean businessman and philanthropist Leonardo Farkas donates a playground to the children of Kibbutz Sufa in Israel's south, in honor of his mother Catalina Klein's 80th birthday. The playground was inaugurated in a moving ceremony in the kibbutz on May 7th.

May 14, 2014 09:21
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A New Playground for the Children-1. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

There could be no better welcome for Chilean businessman and philanthropist Leonardo Farkas to Kibbutz Sufa, than the sound of children laughing and squealing as they romped on the new Catalina Klein playground built in honor of Farkas’ mother’s 80th birthday at its inauguration on May 7.

Concerned for the safety of the children who live in a kibbutz only a few kilometers away from the Gaza border, Farkas spontaneously announced at the ceremony that he would donate funds through KKL-JNF to build a security bunker in the playground where the children can run quickly and safely in the event of a rocket attacks.

“The combination of a playground with a security bunker is an issue of quality of life,” noted Ariel Goldgewicht, director of the KKL-JNF Latin American department. “It is not only giving us a bunker for security but also a place for the children to play. It is not only about surviving, but about living.”

The 120-family kibbutz, which has recently absorbed many new young families, now has three times as many children as before. It was able to build the much needed new playground thanks to the generosity of Farkas through the Or Movement in partnership with KKL-JNF.

“It is fabulous to see in the middle of the desert the children playing like this,” said Farakas’ mother, Catalina Klein, who together with her daughter Chamarita Farkas accompanied her son to the ceremony, which was replete with jumping castles, popcorn, cotton candy and a table of sweets for the children.  “It is very moving.”

Farkas noted that though he has also donated to synagogues, this time for his mother's birthday he wanted to donate to a project for children.

“They are our future,” Farkas said.

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KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department
Email: ahuvab@kkl.org.il

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