JNF Canada Staff Mission 758A.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Firsthand view of the impact of their work and the support of Friends of JNF Canada have made on the lives of Israelis from every strata of society.
The group of 17 participants on the JNF Canada
Staff Mission toured the length and breadth of Israel over January 15-21, visiting hospitals, parks, educational institutions and social programs where JNF Canada has made a difference. They also saw projects in which others would benefit from JNF Canada involvement.
“I think it is very important that people who work with donors see the projects for themselves. Talking to people about a project which you have only heard about second hand is not the same as talking to them after you have seen the project,” said Osnat Dvorkin, from the JNF Canada Desk in Israel, who accompanied the group.
Franklin Simkevitz, director of JNF Regional Ontario said: “We have begun to appreciate how we as an organization impact the lives of Israelis, not just certain Israelis but all Israelis.”
A visit to the Home Front Command in Ramle on January 21 introduced the group to the IDF’s “Fulfilling a Dream - Special in Uniform” project which helps integrate special needs youth volunteers into a specialized unit in the army where they work in various places helping with logistics such as in a uniform warehouse, which the group visited.
Currently the project works with only 250 youths but they hope to be able to open 20 new units, doubling the number of participants by the end of year, said Lt. Col. (Res) Tiran Attia, manager of the program. They have a final goal of 1000 participants in every stage of the program, he said. They would also like to open three new centers in Eilat, the center, and north of the country. He noted that there are some approximate 300,000 people with special needs in Israel.
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