Women’s Health Center in Sderot
In celebration of NA’AMAT USA’s recent 90th anniversary, we have sponsored a new women’s empowerment and health center in Sderot. This facility will serve the women of Sderot, as well as women from the Kibbutzim in the area.
Sderot, with a population of about 25,000, was established in 1951 as a development town for new immigrants. Less than one mile from the Gaza strip, Sderot has been the target of rocket attacks by terrorist groups since 2001 with a high percentage of the population suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite living with fear and uncertainty, the people of Sderot have shown great courage and strength. There is ongoing rebuilding, construction of new homes, opening of new business, improvements in the educational system and an increase in cultural activities. As the women in Sderot are preoccupied with the health and welfare of their families, many don’t have the time to travel out of their area to seek preventative care for themselves. What Sderot clearly needs is a women’s health center to fill a critical void in the community’s social services network.
Similar to NA’AMAT’S outstanding women’s center in Karmiel, the Sderot facility will provide workshops, prevention counseling, empowerment programs and other services currently lacking in the community.
An existing day care facility is being renovated for the new center. Shirli Shavit, Director of NA’AMAT International, reports that the new center is expected to be complete by summer 2017. There are plans for a formal festive opening in June 2017 during the annual meeting of NA’AMAT International.
Sderot (“boulevard” in Hebrew) was given its name to symbolize the biblical prophecy of “making the desert bloom.” Our health center will be a new flower in the blossoming of the Negev. We seek your continued generous support for this vital project.
Your contribution will provide essential funding for construction of new day care/multi-purpose centers, women’s health centers, high schools, and the renovation of our existing schools and playgrounds. Your name will be inscribed on a plaque at the NA’AMAT installation.