A daycare in Israel.
(photo credit: Zoog Productions)
Furniture megastore Ikea, NGO Akim, which promotes the integration of people
with mental disabilities in Israel, and NGO Chimes Israel, which aims to provide
services for people with special needs, inaugurated this week Chimes’s freshly
renovated educational and therapeutic center for toddlers with disabilities in
The renovation was made possible after Ikea and Akim began a
fund-raising campaign for children with disabilities this past summer and
managed to raise more than NIS 100,000.
The operation, which involved
both Ikea branches – in Rishon Lezion and Netanya – consisted of IKEA donating
NIS 5 to the cause from every meal purchased by customers at the store’s
restaurant. In addition, some of the children of customers who purchased meals
participated in helping with the renovation.
director-general of Chimes Israel, welcomed the “mobilization of Ikea Israel and
the NGO Akim for the benefit Children of Chimes” at the inauguration ceremony,
which took place on Monday.
“Cooperations between business entities and
nonprofit associations necessarily benefit both parties,” he said, adding that
he appreciated “the spirit of volunteering, giving and investing, which is not
to be taken for granted.”
CEO of Ikea Israel Shlomi Gabai stated that the
company sees its partnership with Akim as “an integral part of the vision and
values of Ikea to make everyday life better.
“Accordingly, we feel an
obligation to increase the awareness of society to the needs of people with
disabilities,” he continued.
“We were also delighted to integrate into
the project the children of our customers, who voluntarily helped renovate the
center and who have been practicing values of giving and helping others.”