Children from Moshav Tekuma_1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Thanks to a donation from Friends of JNF Australia, a group of 60 children and teenagers from Moshav Tekuma, which is situated very close to the border with the Gaza Strip, were able to take a three-day break in northern Israel and enjoy a variety of activities offered by KKL-JNF guides and instructors.
“We get up in the morning and we know that we’re going to spend all day sitting indoors and never going outside, because we’re afraid to go out and our parents want us to stay inside. Sitting at home is actually all we’ve been doing so far in this summer vacation,” says 16-year-old Hallel Aron
as she describes the sudden transition from the tension of the south to the tranquility of an excursion in the north. “At home, we hear explosions from Gaza twenty-four seven, and when the alert sounds we have fifteen seconds to get to the nearest shelter. Now that I’m here with all my friends in a place where there are no alerts or bombings, it’s really enjoyable and relaxing,” she said.
Hallel’s father Alon Aron
, Moshav Tekuma’s supervising representative for the trip, explained that the excursion was designed to give the children a few days’ respite from the problematic security situation
they have constantly had to cope with. “We’re exploring natural surroundings, visiting beautiful places and splashing around in the water – and this is just the break we need,” he declared.
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