social welfare project honorees 370.
(photo credit: Three Photographers)
A prize for social welfare innovation was awarded on Thursday to social workers
responsible for a project treating young victims of online abuse, a program
empowering deaf Arab-Israeli women to improve their lives and an initiative
addressing sexuality issues faced by youth with disabilities.
projects chosen were among the most moving of all the 40 projects submitted for
the prize,” commented Israeli businessman Leon Recanati, who heads the
Recanati-Chais-Rashi foundation that awarded the prizes, which also includes a
monetary award of NIS 10,000 per project.
Eli Alaluf, executive vice
president and director-general of the Rashi Foundation, said that these
particular projects stood out because they “addressed the needs of the people in
need and helped them by using creative tools to solve problems.”
selection of the prizes is also overseen by Professor Ya’acov Kopp, former
director of The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel.
the prizes went to Zohar Goren and ELI, the Israel Association for Child
Protection, which operates an outreach and treatment program for youth that have
been victims of sexual, physical or social violence caused by the Internet. The
project operates in numerous schools countrywide and has worked with more than
5,000 people in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.
Social worker Louis
Habiballah from the local municipality of Ein Mahel also received a prize for
creating a support group for some 30 deaf women, teaching them sign language and
basic subjects such as math. Out of the 30, 10 of the women also learned to
drive and eventually obtained drivers licenses, 15 of them harnessed skills in
art and cooking and three of the women took up sports.
The third winning
project was created by therapist Miriam Brenner, whose initiative focuses on
providing information and counseling about sexuality to youths with disabilities
and their parents.
According to the prizegivers, the aim of the awards is
to recognize the efforts of the social workers countrywide and to encourage them
to expand their activities in order to reach new people and obtain higher
In addition to the three top prizes, seven other social
welfare projects received citations for their work.
received their prizes Thursday in a special ceremony attended by Nahum
Itzkovitch, directorgeneral of the Ministry of Welfare and Social
Earlier in the week, the philanthropic trio also awarded NIS
10,000 prizes to three innovative educational projects.