10/13/2016 - A New Year, and Soon a New Home for Negba!
Each year, Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish holidays usher in much optimism and hope for the coming year. For Negba, this is a particularly exciting New Year, since we recently began construction of Negba’s After-School Center for Children At-Risk in Beersheva, slated for completion within 10 months.
“The new Center will provide a permanent home for five of Negba’s Beersheva after-school clubs,” remarked Dr. Ilan Cohen, Negba’s Board Chair. “This is a major accomplishment for us, since we’ve been operating for 10 years from makeshift facilities. The Center will assure the stability and continuity of our programs, and allow us to serve Beersheva’s families at-risk even more effectively.”
In addition to the new clubroom space which will serve roughly 100 youth daily, the Center will include space for Negba’s Pedagogic Center’s resource, training & counseling rooms, and provide space for Negba’s educational and administrative staff, reaching 175 children and their families. The Center’s kitchen facilities will prepare hundreds of daily meals for all of Negba’s Beersheva programs, and the Center’s multi-purpose hall will enable the expansion of parent-child activities and facilitate the launching of intergenerational programs and seminars for the surrounding community in cooperation with the Beersheva Municipality.
The 1,478 square-meter two-storey building will be located in Schuna Dalet, one of Beersheva’s poorest neighborhoods, on a plot of land allotted to Negba by the Beersheva Municipality. Negba works in close coordination with the Beersheva Municipality’s various departments to serve Beersheva’s underprivileged families. The Rashi Foundation is graciously providing pro-bono consultation in the planning and construction of the Center. Two-thirds of the funds for this $3.4 million project have been secured, and Negba is hard at work seeking additional strategic partners who seek to transform the lives of disadvantaged youth in Israel’s South.
“The new Center will serve as an anchor of support for underprivileged children in Israel’s geographic and social periphery,” stated Cohen. “The Negev is the future of Israel, and we are committed to making it a bright one for these wonderful children.”