We at CBN Israel are excited to feature one of our new partners- Orr Shalom! Because of those who give generously to CBN Israel, we were able to contribute towards the sponsorship of fifty-three vulnerable and at risk youth who attended Orr Shalom’s Safe Haven Passover Camp in April. These children and teens who suffer from traumas of abandonment and rejection find safety under the care of loving and professional counselors who oversee the annual camp.
This year, fifteen counselors were on staff, twelve of which had interacted with the campers in previous years. The year after year relationship building between kids and counselors helps aid in establishing trust and a sense of family. Without the opportunity to attend Orr Shalom’s Safe Haven Camp, these children would have had no where to go during the two week Passover school vacation.
During the camp, the children engage in sports activities as well as therapeutic activities which include gardening, interaction with animals and craft making. The children even had opportunity to sell their hand made crafts to the public, adding to their confidence. Another aspect of the camp is the “big sister/big brother” program. Staff member Iris explained, “In this program, the younger children are paired up with someone who has been in their shoes and has surpassed hardships similar to their own. Both parties feel they have someone else to talk to who isn’t an authority figure or counselor who can help them”. Through this big brother/big sister program, the children work on team-building activities in beautiful locations such as the Dead Sea.
In a recent update, Orr Shalom shared one camper’s personal story from this year’s camp experience. “*Tamir, 10, attended Safe Haven for his first time this Passover. He was extremely nervous, and as he is relatively new to Orr Shalom’s Family Group Home, staff kept an extra special watch over him to ensure he was held and felt as comfortable as possible. We are so happy to report that he was able to enjoy this session, with especial thanks to a counselor who stayed with him until he fell asleep at night. We look forward to welcoming Tamir back for our upcoming Summer Safe Haven Overnight Camp!” (*Name altered for privacy.)
“Thank you to our dear friends at CBN Israel for helping to send Orr Shalom’s children to Safe Haven this Passover! Your generosity has given these children the experience of a lifetime, and the tools to build a brighter future”, said the staff of Orr Shalom.
To all who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of these children. And to show you our thanks, find out what you can receive as a monthly sponsor!