A Shoulder for Women to Lean On
WIZO works actively towards advancing the status of women in society and the workplace. In this framework WIZO offers legal advice and assistance, protection and aid for families in crisis, support for single parent families and the prevention and treatment of domestic violence. The network of treatment includes legal advice bureaus, support groups, shelters for victims of domestic violence and a rehabilitation program (half-way home) following their stay in a shelter, centres for the prevention and treatment of violence in the family and 24-hour emergency hotlines for domestic violence victims. In addition, WIZO invests considerable effort in the guidance and empowerment of women throughout the country and operates a school and three centres for the advancement of women in politics.
Education and Care for the Early Age
The vast network of WIZO day care centres provide care for tens of thousands children with working mothers, new immigrants and children from problematic families. In the most important formative years of their development and personality, the children receive education, enrichment and care.
WIZO operates multi-purpose day care centres which are open until the evening hours and provide a solution for children, whose parents work long hours and would otherwise be left unsupervised, as well as children in distress or from high-risk homes. WIZO, in order to suit the changing needs of society, offers a long study day, summer camps, groups for single parent families and therapeutic frameworks giving children, that have been removed from their homes by a court order, the opportunity to be raised in a caring home with the love of a surrogate family. In the framework of the education and enrichment accompanying the development of each child, there are programs focusing on language enrichment, science studies, gender equality and more. In addition, there is a guidance and enrichment system for the caregivers, coordinated by educational supervisors who provide direction on an individual and group basis within the day care centres.
WIZO’S Schools & Youth Villages
Thousands of pupils study at 9 WIZO schools (a number of them boarding schools), situated throughout the country. Pupils study and live in the youth villages, in intermediate and high school frameworks, within a warm and supportive environment. They receive an excellent education, guidance and the best possible opportunity to integrate successfully into society. WIZO’s schools are unique as they enable each pupil to acquire an education at the level and pace that suits their individual abilities. WIZO’s schools have attained a reputation, on a national and international level, for their successful integration of large numbers of youth from different nations.
The Education Division aims to provide qualitative, long term education, according to the values of the State of Israel and the vision of WIZO by:
- nurturing an independent, thinking and creative human being, who is imbued with personal, social and community values.
- strengthening the Jewish identity of our pupils, whilst respecting each culture, stream and sector in Israeli society.
- implementing an education network, with high expectations of the pupils both in their educational achievements and their lifestyles, according to the capability of each pupil.
- providing a system of education which is based on modern technology, streamlined resources and autonomy wherever possible.
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WIZO for the Community
WIZO embraces Israel society with both hands; with one hand it nurtures, serves, guides and supports. With the other hand it fights, argues and wrangles for the sake of children, women, senior citizens, new immigrants and all sectors of society in Israel.
WIZO is a major force in social endeavors in Israel, WIZO is a major force in the fight for social justice in Israel, WIZO builds a supportive, community environment for Israeli society and is one of the most important agents for change in Israel.
In every one of its varied activities, WIZO works for the improvement of the quality of life for children, and their families, by imparting educational and social values.
Due to the structure of WIZO, most of its activities in Israel operate within a social framework, through its educational institutions ( Day Care Centers, schools, youth villages, community centers) and in over 60 branches and centers which are spread over the whole of Israel. Each of these places is a focal point for WIZO’s large number of activities for the benefit of society and the community.
The wide dispersal of WIZO’s institutions, enables them to act as meeting points for all sectors of the population, and to hold activities which are suited to their needs. WIZO has a wealth of experience with local populations, and in operating empowerment, support, training and other projects.
For over 88 years WIZO has supported, fought for and stood side by side with the Israeli public.
Within the framework of its activities for the community, WIZO also provides assistance to bereaved families, handicapped, war widows and terror victims, centers for children at risk and girls in distress, day centers for the aged, etc.
WIZO has proved itself and has experience in organizing teams of community workers in various settlements, providing support programs in the community, finding, training and organizing volunteers. WIZO is in contact with community leaders in the community, and many of the activities are run in partnership with local authorities.
WIZO is active, and supports, community initiatives, including lending out games to families with meager means, hot, nourishing meals for needy families, extra tutoring for children, advancement and support groups for girls at risk, halfway homes for girls who have no home framework, warm homes for girls during the evening hours and a wide variety of courses and social activities.