Peter and Gerdien from Holland were among the first international volunteers at ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran to move into the newly completed volunteers’ residence adjacent to the Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital presently under construction.
As such, Peter and Gerdien were thrilled to welcome new neighbors Adir and Re’ut, the first students to call the freshly built students’ residence home. Re’ut, an occupational therapist by profession from the nearby town of Ofakim, and husband Adir, a soon-to-be student of bio-technology engineering at the nearby Sapir College, were followed by Avihu and Tehilla, together heralding the beginning of a new era of integration within the village compound.
While the first students were settling into their homes in the student residences, this year’s group of 52 National Service and one-year pre-army service volunteers took up their places as pioneer residents of the freshly completed National Service residence apartments which flank the student apartments and international volunteer buildings.
The entire residential complex, housing professional staff, students of the paramedical profession and volunteers, is part of a national project to stimulate increased population of the Negev region and promote the development of southern Israel in general and the Negev region in particular.