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.
COVID-19 Impacts our Village Way Family
Village Way leadership issued the following coronavirus crisis updates for Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives. For the time being, the situation at the Village and in our partner educational communities is dynamic, with youth returning to school and and staff and educators adjusting to the "new normal" of smaller classes, physical distancing, temperature checks and masks.
At Yemin Orde Youth Village, as of Wednesday, May 6, the approximately 170 youth who either remained in the Village or returned several weeks ago have started school in classrooms. The classmates who still remain in their homes joined them via Zoom. On Sunday, May 12, approximately 150 more youth are expected to return to the Village, bringing the total population back up to 320 – almost a full house! Recent returnees will need to quarantine for 14 days, according to current government guidelines.
The Village Way Educational Institute continues to serve as a source of support and strength for our partnering educational communities during this time. This week, many of our partnering high schools and youth villages are in stages of bringing back small groups of kids to their educational communities, and our facilitators are working closely on these issues.
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Village Way educators maintain strong connection with at-risk students isolated at home. Village Way Educational Initiatives partner Makr-Jdede Naamat High School is a small, all-girls high school which serves as a last-chance for teenagers in the Arab villages of Makr and Jdede. Students at this school come from homes facing economic hardship and do not […]Read More
Racheli Yaso-Ngatuo is a well-known and beloved staff member of Yemin Orde Youth Village. She serves as the Director of Visitor Relations and Outreach and often leads visitors on tours, stopping along the way for greetings from the youth and sharing personal reflections of her experiences living at Yemin Orde. Racheli joined the staff of […]Read More
At Manof Youth Village, one of our Village Way partner communities, students and educators who remain in the village sent photo greetings to their friends who are in their homes, outside the Village. Click on a photo for a translation of the message each sign conveys. “Our administrative, maintenance, educational and therapeutic staff are working around […]Read More
Yemin Orde’s educators send greetings to our youth. Yemin Orde Youth Village’s principal, Miri Farber, as well as many other educators at the Village, sent video greetings to their students that includes a song about hope: “Together we’ll know better days. Together all the way.” Click here for complete collection of updates from Yemin Orde […]Read More
Dear Friends, Shalom. While the current, unprecedented events unfold, many graduates call to check how we are doing and to share their concerns. I keep reminding them what they heard when they were younger: that when a crisis happens, the first best step to take, is to pause, look inwards, and take stock of their […]Read More