Neve Hanna proud tradition is enlisting volunteers from Israel and abroad who help serve in all areas of activity of the children. Volunteers are an important addition to the labor force, and it is very difficult to be describing the daily life in the children, especially the lives of children, without volunteers. Many young and old people reach out here – each with their own personal reasons. Many of them come to Neve Hanna regularly and dedicate themselves to the tasks and tasks assigned to them. Often whole groups of young people from abroad come to the place, helping for a limited time to fulfill specific projects.
Volunteers from abroad. German volunteers in particular.
Since the founding of Neve Hanna, young children have volunteered at the children’s home, who came from abroad. While still at the “Ahavah” institution, Hanni Ullman supported the absorption of German volunteers. Even then, she aspired to work in this way for reconciliation between the two peoples who worked at the children’s home, but over the years, young people from Germany began to come to Neve Hanna not only as part of volunteering for one year of service (s), but also to fulfill their national compulsory service.
Israeli volunteers – a year of service and national service.
In addition to the German volunteers, who have established a tradition of volunteering in Neve Hanna , there are also Israeli volunteers, who regularly help at the children’s home. These are high school graduates who volunteer to stay there for one year of service (Shas), before enlisting in the army. In more rare cases, young Israelis do their national compulsory service in Neve Hanna , as a substitute for military service. The site was built by volunteers. Since 2003, the Shenshins have been coming from the LEAD organization for leadership development in Israel , after a two-year course.
The volunteers help with the various tasks, especially in kitchen, garden, shuttle and office work, as well as various repairs, but their main purpose is to create good relationships with the children and accompany them. Israeli volunteers, like the volunteers from abroad, who stay in Neve Hanna for a long time, take on an important mediating role. Due to their young age, they can get very close to the children of Neve Hanna and serve as adult siblings.
For reasons of protecting individual privacy, the volunteers only speak of the most necessary details in the children’s personal story. This fact helps them to create equal and empathetic relationships with the children, free from inhibitions, prejudices and reservations.The bond formed between them and the children, which is inherently limited in time, has another educational and healing advantage: children and teens learn along the way. It is dealing with fears of abandonment in a strengthening and supportive environment.