A meaningful and hands-on volunteering experience at a WIZO project highlights the importance of building relationships among the Jewish communities around the world
“People with passion can change the world.” – Steve Jobs
Since she was very young, Simone Abadee’s family had a strong commitment to WIZO. When she decided to come to Israel for a prolonged stay it seemed only natural to volunteer with the organisation. Simone, a retired primary- school special-education teacher and her friend Sue Weiner, both hailing from Sydney, have been volunteering three times a week for the past four months at a WIZO women’s shelter, engaging and interacting with the children and parents there.
WIZO is making a real difference in the lives of these beautiful women and children by providing them with a loving, safe and stable environment as they make the transition to a healthier lifestyle.
It has been especially wonderful for Simone and Sue to see the young children living at the shelter grow and mature within the short few months that they have been volunteering there. The children range from 12 months to13 years of age and the volunteers engage in a variety of activities with them. With the preschool children, they try to provide a fun learning environment and help prepare them for school. With the older children, they play board games, card games to help them with counting, read stories and generally try to have
Fun together, which helps bolster their self-esteem. Communicating in Hebrew can be challenging but the young children have warmed to the two volunteers and greet them with much enthusiasm and excitement when they arrive at the shelter. With the current security situation in Jerusalem Simone and Sue have at times felt a bit wary taking the Jerusalem light rail and walking back from the facility, however the reward they feel from being able to contribute to these families in need is well worth it. They heartily recommend that any individual who comes to Israel for an extended period, love working with children, and has a basic command of Hebrew should volunteer with WIZO.