Working on a mural for the side of the KKL-JNF House in Upper Nazareth.
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)
A unique project to establish KKL-JNF Houses (Batei KaKaL) for youth in the Negev and the Galilee will encourage excellence and help address the inequalities between residents on the periphery and those in the center.
The first KK-JNF House is being established in Upper Nazareth, and ten more are planned throughout Israel. The centers will foster excellence, empowerment and leadership development among young people, and will strengthen the values of Zionism and environmental conservation. “We believe that every child has the potential to achieve great things no matter where in Israel he or she was born, and that our role is to make the resources required for this available to them,” said Avi Musan, KKL-JNF Houses Director. “The houses will be open to every teenager who wants to succeed, and we will provide them with all assistance so that they can develop their capabilities. This is a one-of-a-kind anchor that is unparalleled in the State of Israel.”
The KKL-JNF House (Beit KaKaL) in Upper Nazareth, which is in the final stages of construction, is scheduled to begin activities in just a few weeks. The workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the building — painting walls, installing the electrical wiring, setting up the communications systems, bringing in the furniture, cleaning, and putting everything in place.
The three-story building contains an open area on the ground floor, classrooms on the upper floors, a computer laboratory, an auditorium for films and lectures, and offices for the director and the educational coordinators. A special area for recreational activities will include places to sit, video games, and a space for social events. In this way, a former absorption center is being transformed into an up-to-date and attractive educational facility.
The construction of the KKL-JNF house was made possible by donations from friends of KKL-JNF all over the world, including France. The house’s activities will be held in partnership with the municipality of Upper Nazareth and its educational department.
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