(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Residents of southern Israel have been living under the shadow of conflict in the Gaza Strip for a long time. Even on days that no missiles fall, the tension is still in the air, and everyone knows that a siren could disrupt the temporary quiet at any second. In order to support the southern communities in these difficult times, KKL-JNF provides interludes of relief for children and youth from southern Israel at its Field and Forest Centers in Nes Harim and other places in northern and southern Israel. Among the green trees and the pastoral surroundings, one can forget the thunder of the missiles and the alarm sirens for a while and recharge.
At the end of the school year, group of 30 special needs teenagers from Beer Sheva and Ashdod arrived for two days of leadership related outings and activities in Jerusalem and it's surrounds. The trip was facilitated by a contribution from friends of KKL-JNF in Germany, in conjunction with KKL-JNF's support program for communities affected by Operation Pillar of Defense.
The trip was jointly organized by KKL-JNF and the Reshet Program for the advancement of youth with physical, cognitive or sensory limitations, who have the potential for integration and leadership. Partners in the program are the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the National Insurance Institute, the Ashalim organization of the JDC and the Israel Elwin organization.
“It’s fun to go on a trip with friends, but what’s more important is that this trip will help us in the future,” said sixteen-year-old Shiran Buchnik from Ashdod. “Through hiking, we get to know the land, and the leadership activities connect us to Israeli society. Obviously, it’s great to get away for a while from the tension of life in the south and be in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.”
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