“The amazing social initiative called ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran impacts the Negev and the entire State of Israel. We will continue investing ample resources to help advance the lives and employment opportunities of people with disabilities.”
Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich visited the ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village this past Thursday, together with Minister of Settlements and National Missions Orit Strook, Minister of Absorption and Aliyah Ofir Sofer and other members of the Religious Zionist party. The ministers and MKs visited the village’s various divisions, including residential housing units, the high dependency department and more, meeting Special Education School students and vocational workshop participants. Following the village tour, the group moved on to the Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center, the Negev’s first rehabilitation hospital, where they received an overview of hospital activity in various areas of rehabilitation.
Ministers and MKs were delighted to receive ice cream from village residents as part of a Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) activity on the premises. ADI’s Tikkun Olam program is an experiential educational program that exposes school students to peers with disabilities with over 50,000 students participating throughout the country.
Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich remarked that he is, “very excited to be here with these wonderful children at the village, the life work of Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog. Major-Gen. Almog is a unique individual who had the vision and foresight to build a more caring, loving and just society. We came here today with all members of our party to say loudly and clearly: we are soldiers fighting for these amazing children and we are bound to act on their behalf.”
In response, Avi Worzman, CEO of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, replied that, “the visit by the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Settlement and National Missions, the Minister of Absorption and Aliya and party MKs constitutes an important social statement for people with disabilities and for the advancement of rehabilitative medicine for residents of the Negev. . . I am grateful to the Minister of Finance and the ministers and MKs who came here today for an up-close look at the projects we are developing at our unique village. We are establishing a city of rehabilitative services, care, education and love for people with disabilities and individuals in need of rehabilitation that has no parallel anywhere in the world. I am certain that the ministers and MKs will work to strengthen the important process of integrating people with disabilities into Israeli society.”