WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim School, WIZO Australia's flagship project in Israel, is a specialized residential therapeutic school for children who suffer from behavioral or emotional problems.
Most of the children come from highly dysfunctional families and have been removed from their homes by court order; while others were on the verge of engaging in criminal activity.
The WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim School was founded in 1939.
The school began as a group of tents on Mount Carmel and served as a summer camp to absorb needy immigrant children. In 1940, the first dormitory – as we presently know it- was built. The student population of the dormitory was composed of children who survived the wreck of the ship "Patria" and children whose fathers were drafted into the British army during the Second World War.
Since its establishment, Ahuzat Yeladim has changed, adapting itself to the evolving needs of the society in the State of Israel.
Now, as a specialized residential school for children who cannot function in the regular school system, Ahuzat Yeladim gives its students the chance to turn their lives around through individualized support and counseling. The school currently provides services to approximately 100 students, all of whom live at the school. They come to the school from localities throughout Israel.
THE HOUSE OF DREAMS PROJECT
Requirements And Projection
WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim is a residential school, and in view of the behavioral and emotional problems of its students, the school offers a range of enrichment activities after regular school hours.
These activities are currently operated from an old one-storey building, which is not up to the standards which WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim sets for itself, and is not adequate to cater for the full range of activities which are planned.
The staff will include the administrator of the dormitory, the house mother of the dormitory and the staff who provide the enrichment programs after regular school hours which include a range of holiday activities throughout the year, including arts and crafts. The building will include consulting and therapeutic activity rooms. WIZO Australia has succeeded in raising the funds needed to build a new multi-purpose building on the site of the existing small building.
The new two-storey building will provide suitable facilities for a broader range of student activities as well as for the administrative staff of WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim and the dormitory staff and will be a most valuable addition to an already outstanding educational project.