09/02/2015 - Ceremony Marks Successful First Year of Integrated Clubs for Children At-Risk for Bedouin Negev Community
A festive ceremony was held in Abu Korinat to celebrate a successful first year of activity at Negba’s six after-school clubs for the Negev Bedouin, serving 90 children aged 6-12 in the villages of Abu Korinat, Kasr-a-Sir and Bir-Hadaj.
Knesset Member Revital Swid (Zionist Camp Party), a member of the Knesset’s Lobby for Children and Youth at-Risk, addressed the crowd of children and distinguished guests, noting the positive impact of the project. Invitees were treated to a tour of the facility housing Abu Korinat’s three clubs, and to a tasty buffet of Bedouin cuisine prepared by members of the local village. They also enjoyed a colorful performing arts recital by children of the clubs.
"The clubs were established as a result of a shared vision for a better Israel which helps all members of society," commented Negba Board member Danny Kahn, who manages the initiative at Negba. "This first year was a positive step in that direction, and we hope to do more for Israel’s Bedouin community."
Other honored guests included Neve Midbar Regional Council Head Rachamim Yona, Neve Midbar Regional Council Director of Social Services Dr. Al-Atauna Magid, leaders of the Bedouin community, and representatives of the SOS Children's Villages, Negba’s strategic partner in the project. All offered warm words for Marinette Vaknin, Director of the clubs in Abu Korinat.
The project is supported by Israel’s Ministry of Welfare.