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Building community partnerships is a cornerstone value at MCDI. We are dedicated to making a positive impact on the communities where we do business by using our unique resources to support activities and non-profit organizations.
By promoting community involvement and social responsibility, we do our part for the common good and come closer to fulfilling our mission as a company.
“Lihot Sham” (To Be There) was established to lead the transformation of the autistic spectrum care approach in Israel to an intensive, one-on-one method of counseling and personal training with the autistic child, from an early age to independence.
Not many people know this – every year the number of autistic people in Israel and the world rises by about 10%. Currently, 1 in 68 children born around the world is diagnosed with the autistic spectrum.
The main project led by the association is the project ‘Eilat knows how to be there’, which is currently the first urban center of its kind in Israel, which supports and fosters autistic children for independence. The goal is to make Eilat an example of the success of the “one-on-one” treatment, and lead to change throughout the country, until legislation.
The association “Lihio Sham”was founded by Sagit Raz, the mother of five children whose eldest, Ofek, is on the autistic spectrum and functions at a moderate level. Sagit, who refused to accept her son’s transfer to a therapeutic institution, checked, searched and found a response. She found that by giving the autistic child support and personal and close training, several hours a day, his level of functioning can be changed, to the point of independence. This approach is widespread and proves very successful in various countries around the world.
Sagit’s treatment of her son was not enough and she realized that the precious gift she was given, her son Ofek, was also her life’s mission – to line up with every family with an autistic child in Israel, so she founded the association.
For donations click on the link http://www.lihiotsham.org.il/#!donate/c1ghi
The Jaffa Institute was established in 1982 by Dr. David Portowicz and Col. Ze’ev (Zonik) Shaham as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist the city of Jaffa’s severely disadvantaged children and their families. Our mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that assist children in developing positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, and Bat Yam in Israel. Holistic in approach and responsive to the diverse needs of those we serve, the Jaffa Institute operates over 30 different programs, including crisis residences for at-risk youth, educational enrichment centers, food security initiatives, support to elderly individuals and Holocaust survivors, and women’s empowerment programs. Each year, the Jaffa Institute provides service and relief to over 4,000 citizens. In 2001, the Institute was awarded the President’s Prize for Most Outstanding Voluntary Organization.
The Jaffa Institute’s Three Organizational Goals:
To provide educational and social enrichment to disadvantaged children and other community members in need.
To increase the nutritional security of impoverished individuals in our service area.
To care for and strengthen the emotional and mental wellbeing of our program participants.
Our vision is to create a community in which children are nourished, educated and supported so that they become strong contributors to Israeli society
Our mission is to instill a family tradition of remembering the perished.
The tradition of lighting a personal memorial candle with family or friends, in memory of those who perished during the Shoah, ensures that the voice of the Holocaust will continue to be heard and will retain meaning for generations to come. Just as we light a Menorah on Hannukah and read the Haggada on Passover Eve, we will light personal memorial candles each year on Yom HaShoah.
How can this be accomplished?
The Israeli Ministry of Education’s partnership in distributing candles in 2016 to 500,000 students and in 2017 to 800,000 students throughout Israel enabled this tradition to take off at full speed.
We are committed to:
Provide access to quality personal memorial candles prior to Erev Yom HaShoah, every year.
Substantially increase the number of perished remembered each year, until reaching our goal of “A candle for Every Name”.
Encourage the Jewish nation, especially the younger generation, to light these candles with their family, every year.