AKIM Israel Wishes You A Shanah Tova, and a Sweet and Happy New Year

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Dear Friends,

My personal journey with AKIM started when I learned that my niece Zohara had a developmental disability that required special accommodations and services.

Zohara never lacked love, but she needed more than what her family could give—she needed AKIM.

Because of Zohara, I learned that AKIM needed me, as a donor, a friend, and now as the Chairman of AKIM.

Zohara had a developmental disability that required special accommodations and services.

My niece is but one story; there are thousands of families with individual stories throughout Israel who desperately need AKIM. And your donation to AKIM can make a huge impact.

AKIM serves 34,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and has done so for 60 years. Regardless of disability level, age, nationality, geographic location, or socio-economic level, their needs are met when they find AKIM. This wonderful organization provides quality housing, unique family support, special needs nursery schools, special dental care, after school activities, supportive work environments, national advocacy and so much more. Some of our young people actually get to serve in the Israeli army.

Shahar, the father of a six-year-old son said:

“When we were told that our son Idan was born with Cerebral Palsy, we took the news very hard. It did not take us long to realize that alone we would not be able to cope. So we turned to AKIM which made his life and ours so much richer and more meaningful”

Gil, a thirty-seven-year-old with Down Syndrome, participates in AKIM’s special employment program:

“I have been working at Cellcom for seven years in the mail department. The staff likes me and I take my job seriously. Although I have to travel many hours to and from work, I love being there. I’m glad to be treated like everyone else.”

Gil’s story involves finding his place in society as a hard-working, contributing member of his community. Through AKIM’s help, Gil has found acceptance and a feeling of self-worth.

The majority of AKIM’s programs and services are free of charge so we need your financial support. I hope you will join me this New Year in continuing to help individuals and families live productive and meaningful lives and tell their success story next year.

All the best for a sweet and happy New Year,

Ami Ayalon

Chairman, AKIM Israel

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