When Malakhi was 3....
One day, I got a phone call from a young 16 years old girl, Tamar. She told us about her 8 years old sister Avishag. %100 paralyzed with Cerebral-Palsy. A couple of years before the ILAI Fund helped their mother to buy a wheelchair for the little sister. They live in Southern Israel in Kiriyat Gat and are from an ultra-orthodox family/community dealing with financial challenges. A large family with fewer sources and a CP girl.
Tamar told me tath she is organizing with her friends to make a fun day for about 25 special children in their community including her sister Avishag.
They wanted to make the fun day on the special day of the Tishaá BeAv.
The 9th of the month of Av. In the middle of summer. The day we fast for the destruction of the Temple in Yerushalayim. (BTW, it's the birthday of Mashiyah)
Tamar said since the parents fast and the children are home neglected they are trying to make it easier for the families and of course make the children happy. I loved the idea and immediately approved the little amount Tamar asked to make this day happen. She told me each special child will have a volunteer girl to be with as a company, personally, and to take care of one on one during the day.
They needed and found special transportation for those on wheelchairs, some food, games, and a professional lady to come and keep the children busy and happy with her music and games and trophies. On the day of Tisha BeAv of the year 2016, I went to Kiriyat Gat to visit them.
The girls rented a room in a Yeshiva, with games and much energy. About 7-8 autistic kids and another 7 handicapped kids in wheelchairs, a couple of them were on their bed totally physically paralyzed, 4 little kids with down-syndrome and some with cognitive problems, and more...