The summer camp arranged by Kav Lachayim is the year’s highlight for disabled children.
Each year, about 200 disabled children from all over the country take part in the summer camp.
The children in the camp can enjoy six full days of a variety of activities and attractions tailored to their age and disability. The activities includes: Artists performances, workshops, visit at the theme park, water park, and zoo, a visit to the Western Wall, and more.
These days are an opportunity for the disabled child to be accompanied by a tutor. The tutor will continue to accompany the student throughout the year, on a weekly basis.
For parents who are busy throughout the entire year caring the child, the summer camp is an opportunity to spend some more time with the other children rest a little from the daily care for the disabled child.
Tutoring Project is one of the pillars of the association; its purpose - ongoing support for sick and disabled children throughout the year. Kav Lachayim annually engages 300 personal tutors consisting of tens of thousands of volunteer hours. Volunteers engaged in improving the lives of sick children with the involvement and integration of social responsibility values among the healthy youth, has made Kav Lachayim Israel's leader in engaging hundreds of healthy youth volunteers for the sake of their sick fellows, thus helping to strengthen social resilience to those in need.
The project provides children with a social supportive and assisting framework. As part of the project, a personal tutor is attached to the child, and, in addition to weekly companionship at the child’s home, they both go on special activities, outings, summer and winter camps and more.
The relationship created between the two is often extended beyond the associational boundaries and it is common to see the two together at family events. The connection of a sick child and a healthy child increases the sense of belonging and encourage growth on both sides.
We believe that as the individual evolves - the society evolves, and can thus create a better society.
Every year we celebrate Bar or Bat Mitzvah for 20 disabled children and patients, who have not get to celebrate yet, some are due to lengthy hospitalizations and some are due to personal and family reason circumstances.
We, in Kav Lachayim, see a great importance in accepting the disabled child as capable, and therefore the bar mitzvah takes place in all its glory.
The Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration takes place in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, with Aliya LaTora at the Hurva synagogue for boys, followed by the Hafrashat Chala ceremony for girls, at the Cardo plaza and the Western Wall rabbi's blessing at the Western Wall. Finally, the children and their families can enjoy an impressive and colorful event that includes a festive meal, orchestra, album for each child and a variety of gifts.
Each child is accompanied by his tutor, who guides him or her throughout the year in various social activities organized by Kav Lachayim.
Leisure and Treatment Centers
Kav Lachayim aims to provide a response to the periphery of Israel, with emphasis on the special needs of the population who face difficulties and has poor access to leisure and treatment centers.
The highlight of our activities is in the continuous contact throughout the year with hundreds of children and their families, while providing the child with an environment and support.
Kav Lachayim operates seven centers throughout Israel, five of which are located in the periphery of Israel: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beer-Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Shmona, as well as in Jerusalem and Modi'in.
The centers operate several times a week during the afternoon.
Target population: children aged 8-16 suffering from disabilities, serious diseases and rare syndromes.
• Improving social skills
• Encouraging participation of children in a fun after-school social framework
• Evacuating time for parents, for their own and their other children’s needs
The number of children in each group ranges at 10-15 children
Saturdays of social change - we arrange 40 Saturday events throughout the year.
On these Saturdays, every child and his/her tutor are hosted by families in towns and cities all over Israel.
The dinner and unmediated encounter between the child and the host family, connect the hearts, thus dispels in a moment the sense of alienation suffered by the disabled in Israel.