Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our Village Way family

Lev, a 16-year-old youth from Ukraine, remains at Yemin Orde Youth Village during the coronavirus crisis, as he has no other family in Israel. Lev provides a glimpse of his life inside the Village during the nationwide shutdown of Israel's schools, businesses and communal life.

UPDATES FROM ISRAEL

(PLEASE NOTE:  Our U.S. national office is now closed due to quarantine restrictions and mail pickup is sporadic. We encourage our supporters to make a credit card gift on our secure website during this time. Thank you for your generosity and for caring about our Village Way family.)

During this challenging time, ImpactIsrael is committed to keeping our Village Way family connected to each other and informed about the care of our youth and ongoing supportive activities at Yemin Orde Youth Village and our Village Way partner educational communities. Our staff in Israel is committed to our youth, upholding all Israeli government guidelines and taking all possible precautions to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

Our friends at Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives want you to know that they are sending their thoughts and prayers to each of us.

On Monday, March 17, we emailed to our donors an inspiring message from Chaim Peri, Founder, Village Way Educational Initiatives, encouraging us all to stay strong, hopeful and confident for brighter days ahead - the same message he reminds youth and Village Way graduates.

Yemin Orde Youth Village

Shmuli Bing, Director, Yemin Orde Youth Village, provided a live update on the activities and the living and learning environment for the 110 youth currently residing at the Village. “We need to build responsibility and confidence in our youth so that they can get through this situation by themselves,” Shmuli said. “Now, we are ALL survivors. We can make this crisis result in something better.”

Listen to Shmuli describe life at the Village:  https://youtu.be/BgLtMHFzqbQ

  • Yemin Orde Youth Village will remain open for its youth with no other home or family in Israel. Currently, there are 100 youth who have remained at Yemin Orde.
  • The dining room is still opened (although minimally staffed); youth enter in shifts.
  • Youth who remain at the Village are supervised and cared for by informal educators who live at Yemin Orde.
  • The Village’s team of social workers and informal educators are working with youth to stem growing anxiety and fear.
  • Outside visitors to the Village are not permitted until further notice.
  • Schools in Israel are closed until after the Passover holiday, including Yemin Orde’s high school.
  • With Passover approaching, we are going to deliver food packages to the families of our youth at home in order to provide the basic needs that many of them don't have access to.
  • Village leadership team is in touch with graduates from the last 10 years and have offered to provide emergency financial assistance, guidance and comfort – via telephone – during this difficult time.

Village Way Educational Initiatives

Watch a short uplifting video that shows how staff at Village Way Educational Institute recognizes and appreciates our Village Way educators and leaders in partner youth villages who continue to work tirelessly with the at-risk youth who remain in their care during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Our facilitators are remaining in regular (remote) contact with our partnering educational communities, especially with community leadership.
  • Our team is conducting remote staff training sessions through Zoom and other technologies, which are being very well received. The educators working in these communities have responded how much they need these meetings to facilitate a way to talk together as a team about the challenges and opportunities of their role in the current situation.
  • The sessions have also been focused on ensuring that educators are continuing to be in close contact with the students, especially those who need their attention now more than ever, and that educators work to identify which students are in the most need, and see where they can help to respond to these needs.
  • The Institute team is also developing and distributing relevant resources to educators during these challenging and confusing times, including recommended activities, example daily and weekly schedules, guidelines for conducting phone calls with students.
  • The team is also developing Passover materials for the current situation.
  • The Institute is providing specific support to the staffs of youth villages who are still working with kids in their communities at this time.

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