Located in the busy center of Afula is an oasis of caring, an island of serenity and stability for some of Israel’s most needy children – Emunah Afula (Emunah Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre).
Emunah Afula, a residential and afterschool therapeutic day care facility serving up to 150 children at risk aged 6-18, was established in 1949 to provide a haven for young holocaust survivors. For over 70 years, Emunah Afula has worked to realize the worthy goals of providing shelter for children at risk, restoring childhood, enabling children to overcome past traumas and achieve their academic potential, and offering them hope for a better future.
Emunah Afula offers our children and their families a wide range of activities and therapies, educational support, parental guidance, and the dedicated support of a team of professional staff. Our children suffer from learning difficulties, emotional problems and challenging behavior. Many of our children have difficulty in forming meaningful relationships with adults and other children, and they struggle with depression, rejection, anger and violence. For many, Emunah Afula is the only stable and safe home that they have ever known.
Emunah Afula has become an innovative force in the region. In the words of a supervisor in the Child Protective Services, Emunah Afula is “the best children’s home in the North”. Emunah Afula is at the forefront in the treatment of children at risk and runs many unique therapeutic programs, Outdoor Therapy, Gardening Therapy, the Mom’s and Dads’ Club and the innovative Social Clowning Program, to name a few.
Emunah Afula strives to provide Israel’s children at risk with a safe and nurturing environment while enhancing parent-child relationships as well as helping parents develop parenting competence, including conflict solving skills. The main attribute of Emunah Afula however, is its warm and caring family atmosphere. For many of our children it is the first time in their lives that someone cares enough to laugh with them when they are happy, cry with them when they are sad, say no and mean it, say “I promise” and fulfill it; to be the family they never had and say “I love you” without expecting anything in return.
Thanks to your support and loving care, Emunah Afula is able to provide our children with a safer, more secure and nurturing environment.