ICEJ Brings Young Israelis Encouragement and Safety
ICEJ Initiatives near Gaza Strip
The ICEJ staff recently paid a solidarity visit to some of the communities close to the Gaza border to show support and see the fruit of ICEJ donations from the past months.
On the beautiful grounds of a kibbutz near Gaza is a home for girls aged 12-18 who have been rescued from environments of abuse. With dedicated counselors and personalized treatment, they have been given an opportunity to build new friendships. At this caring place many of the girls choose to study for a profession which will enable them to help other young Israelis who may have gone through similar traumas.
Some of us wondered why this facility was built so close to the Gaza border. But, in addition to this region being their home, the experiences of facing threats together and learning how to handle dangerous situations with confidence, actually strengthens the residents in their efforts to overcome other problems.
Thanks to Christian support, the ICEJ sponsored a large dining and living area on the premises where ICEJ staff members found the girls practicing English, playing games, and socializing. At last these troubled girls live in a place which gives them hope for the future.
The ICEJ staff also visited a school for performing arts near Kibbutz Magen by the Gaza Strip. The first of its kind in this southern region of Israel, the school provides local students with educational opportunities similar to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. The school offers high school students with artistic potential a world-class intensive program in performing arts that would otherwise be unaffordable.
After being given a sobering security update by the kibbutz members, the ICEJ staff members understood the safety concerns of the children who attend the school. Thus, we were delighted to deliver another ICEJ-funded shelter to the school.
The ICEJ is privileged to lend a helping hand and bring encouragement and security to the courageous residents along the dangerous southern border of Israel.