UJIA (United Jewish Israel Appeal)

Kishorit:independence for people with specialneeds

Kishorit is a unique community of 150 adults with physical and mental disabilities. As well as communal life and therapy, residents benefit from work which promotes independence and rehabilitation. We are building a vineyard and winery to create more jobs and the community’s economic sustainability.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 June 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1060078)

Amount raised

£50

Donations

1

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • I asked Al Gore what he sees as the classic model of sustainable existence in the field of welfare. He answered: "Kishorit". I found that very moving.

    — Israeli Minister of Welfare, Yitzhak ‘Buji’ Herzog

  • I asked Al Gore what he sees as the classic model of sustainable existence in the field of welfare. He answered: "Kishorit". I found that very moving.

    — Israeli Minister of Welfare, Yitzhak ‘Buji’ Herzog

Situation

Many people with learning or physical disabilities find it very hard, or impossible, to hold down a job and therefore struggle to live independently. Many live with family or in sheltered environments where they rely on carers to make decisions for them. Participation in work is a central to life in Kishorit. Work provides residents with a routine that fosters responsibility and self-reliance, creates opportunities for making friends, as well as improving their physical and mental skills.

Solution

Kishorit has already developed a number of for-profit enterprises including an organic goat dairy, wooden toy workshop and TV production studio. To generate income and provide a range of employment opportunities for its members, Kishorit needs to expand its economic infrastructure. Therefore, it has established a vineyard and is planning a boutique winery.