Neve Michael Children's Village Pardess Chana
Neve Michael is home to hundreds of children who cannot go home---children
from broken homes and from homes where they were physically and emotionally
abused. Some of the children are from homes where there is spousal abuse,
where they were victims of incest and drug addiction. Fifty-five percent
are from Ethiopia, survivors of long treks across the desert during which
one or both parents died. Children are placed in Neve Michael by two agencies,
the Ministry of Social Welfare of Israel and by the Department of Youth
Aliya of the Jewish Agency. The children in Neve Michael attend the elementary
school on the premises.
EMUNAH has found a way to give these children a normal home environment
by setting them up in small family style units, "Mishpachtonim"
in which a young married couple and their children act as parents to a
group of 12 children, within the framework of this youth village.