No childhood experience is as compelling as a young girl's relationship with her mother. The relationship is so powerful, it affects everything from health and self-esteem.
And WIZO Germany knows how to cultivate this special bond. It did so last week, at the Sternberg Day Care Center (DCC) in Bat Yam. Sara Baumöhl, and Gaby Grüngras, both on the executive of WIZO Munich, had come with their daughters to show them first-hand what WIZO is all about, and to instill in them the tradition of supporting WIZO.
The four girls - Sara's Alexandra and Caroline, Gaby's daughter Haya and her close friend Olivia Engelhardt, not only saw the facilities, but also played with the children in the yard and worked on arts and crafts projects with them. Haya, who volunteered last year in another WIZO DCC led the way, saying she missed working with the WIZO children, and soon the others all followed suit.
Inside, the Center's director, Orna Shmueli introduced the group to two mothers – Shlomit, who is a Jew and Sana, an Arab, whose children are in the same class at the DCC.
They had become friends when their older children had come to the Sternberg DCC, and were very happy that WIZO could provide their children with a place to grow together, in a warm and loving environment. Everyone in the group, which included WIZO Germany's Fundraising Chairperson, Jenny Sommer, Chairperson of the World WIZO Division of Organization and Tourism, Janine Gelley, Fundraising Division Director Joe Brown Leer and Early Age Inspector Lisa Obligenarz, was very moved by their story.
"It was a heart-warming experience to visit the WIZO Day Care Center today. The love, warmth and attention the children are getting is amazing. Dedicated teachers, very committed personnel and a lot of affection is already in place," Sara said, and then had something to add for all the Chaverot back home. "Let's try and provide these wonderful children with better conditions and renovated facilities. Together we can do it!"
As the four girls walked out, they each looked back, trying to catch one last glimpse at the children side. It was clearly apparent that the love their mothers have for WIZO was being passed on.
Toda, Sara and Gaby . Your commitment is being passed down to the next generation. We at World WIZO appreciate it and commend you!