1. Gan Harmony. A nursery school that takes children from all sectors of society, and also trains nursery school teachers to creeate similar institutions in the Arab communities. There was Matching Grant support from a club in the USA.
2. St. Vincent Home for Severely Handicapped Children. This home in the Ein Kerem village on the outskirts of Jerusalem takes cares of hildren who are so severely disabled that their families cannot care for them. The home has a small residential staff and depends on volunteer helpers from all over the world. There was Matching Grant support from a club in the USA.
3. Gan Shalom Peace Nursery School
at the Jerusalem YMCA. This is a nursery school for Jewish, Muslim and Christian children aged 3 to 5 years old. The Israeli teachers are from both the Arab and the Jewish communities and the activities are in both Hebrew and Arabic. Playground equipment was provided. There was Matching Grant support from a club in the USA.
4. A Play and Teaching Room at the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.
The Pediatric Department of the hospital continously has a number of children who require long term hospitalisation. The project helped the hospital refurbish the room and to provide video- and other electronic equipment that enables children to learn - and even have live contact with their normal class room in school - and play while receiving treatment. Also here all activities are in Hebrew and Arabic.
here was Matching Grant support from a club in France.
5. Playground on the Jerusalem Seam. The Musrara area is on what was the seam between West and East Jerusalem where poor Jewish and Arab neighbourhoods meet. The area needed a safe playground for children of both communities. It was donated to the Jerusalem municipality by the two Jerusalem Rotary Clubs on the occasion of RI Centennial celebrations in 2005. There was Matching Grant support from a club in the USA.
6. Video Conferencing Unit for the Herzog Hospital. Support to establish a Video Conferencing Centre that enables the hospital to share its expertise and experience with other medical centers internationally in real time. There was Matching Grant support from a club in the USA.
7. The Jerusalem School for the Deaf. The provision of musical instruments, electronic equipment and a vibrating acoustic floor for the renovated music room. This enables children with hearing disabilities from all communities in Jerusalem to participate in music activities and is part of their rehabilitation.
There was Matching Grant support from a club in Brazil and one in Turkey.
8. The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
Provision of a small tractor to be used as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program for children with mental, behavourial or emotional disabilities. The vehicle helps the children with their therapy which includes caring for the animals Participating clubs were from the Brazil and Germany.
9. Telemedicine Training in Developing Countries. The Video Conferencing Unit of the Herzog Hospital (see project nr. 6.)
in conjunction with its various specialist departments is developing a series of training packages for health para-professionals. It has already piloted a course for Ethiopian Women Nursing Aides and Caregivers that has proved to be successful. It proposes to develop this course, and potentially others, using a combination of distance education and local support packages. The further development of this project is ongoing.
10. Herzog Hospital (Jerusalem). The purchase of a specialized electric wheelchair for children with severe respiratory problems.
11. Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center.
The production and distribution of information and education pamphlets to raise awareness of the help available and to inform the public generally.
12. Gan Rimonim. A special education nursery school that requires the support of a psychiatrist whose services are not covered by the Health and Education Ministries. Support for one year.
13. Shalom Kita Aleph (First Graders).
A District project that helps needy first grade children purchase basic school requirements. Forty vouchers were purchased that were distributed to mainly to Ethiopian children at three schools in West Jerusalem and to one Arab school in East Jerusalem. Schools were recommended by the Education Department of the Jerusalem Municipality.
14. Pediatric Oncology Department of the Sao Paolo University Hospital (Brazil). Upgrading and expansion of the department. A reciprocal Matching Grant that included a District DDF contribution.
15. Israel Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The acquisition of two Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation (IPV) units to assist the breathing of children with severe cystic fibrosis who are waiting for a lung transplant. Participating clubs were from Hamburg and Dusseldorf in Germany.
16. The Trudi Birger Dental Clinic - Dental Volunteers for Israel.
The clinic at no cost treats children from all sectors of the population who have been referred to them by the social welfare authorities. The clinic receives no government or municipal funding. The dentists from abroad, mainly from the USA, are eminent clinicians who provide their services gratis. The project provided the clinic with panoramic x-ray equipment. Participating clubs were from California.
17. St. John's Ophtalmic Hospital Jerusalem. Together with a contribution from a club in the USA we were able to help the hospital purchase a bed for spacialist eye operations.
18. The Tsunami of 2005.
After the devastation of the tsunami in 2005 the JRC joined clubs in India and the UK to buy bicycles for school girls from fishing villages where everything had been destroyed or lost. The combined effort enabled almost 900 bicycles to be distributed.
Our Community Service Committee
provides services at home and worldwide
Over the past decade the Community Services and Allocations Committee has been an active component of the Jerusalem Rotary Club. The projects it has supported cover a wide range and the allocations have gone to institutions with clearly identified needs and where the contribution could make a difference.
Since the club is situated in the Jerusalem, we help both the West and the East Jerusalem communities but have also not lost sight of deserving needs in other parts of the Israel and abroad. Where possible the club seeks projects that promote understanding and mutual respect between peoples and in that way seeks to bring peace closer.
The club is grateful to other Rotary clubs that have joined it in Matching Grants partnerships. Please have a look at the eclectic selection of projects presented here. If you want to know more about them in their present situation, just click on the link in the name of some of them.