In September, the Israeli government approved the establishment of a comprehensive new city within the Merhavim Regional Council in the West Negev desert in Israel.
A new community construction called "Daniel" is being built in cooperation with Merhavim. Israeli Architecture and Housing Department; And ALEH, an Israeli network that cares for children with severe multiple disabilities. Goal completion date is within the next two years.
ALEH currently operates four residential facilities to provide advanced health care and rehabilitation services to 750 most vulnerable children in Israel.
The name "Daniel" confronts Hamas, the 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was murdered in a mortar attack launched by terrorists in a community near the border with Gaza in 2014 two days before the end of the Israeli National Guard. Daniel's mother, Gila, is a spokesperson for the Merhavim Regional Council.
Preparations for Construction Located west of Ofakim, adjacent to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, a southern-based rehabilitation village in the network, Daniel provides housing for health professionals to be hired at ALEH & The Neur-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital will open its ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran campus in early 2019.
Former Knesset member Avi Wortzman, who served as Secretary General of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, explained the concept of a new city for the JNS.
"The idea was to build a new community near ALEH Negev so that families with children with special needs could be treated in close proximity and at the same time would be an ideal housing option for medical personnel and therapists working at ALEH "He says.
Wortzman expects about 1,000 employees to work in Alenegev, including rehabilitation villages and hospitals, within five years. He is planning a variety of projects with 1,000 volunteers to serve in the organization.
Israel is already in a severe housing crisis, and ALEH reviews the new community, which will include 500 units when completed and used as a burden-saving solution.
But most importantly, Wutzman noted that the new city will "provide a level of living facilities that are accessible and accessible to people with disabilities."
He added that the community will be an integrated model that the rest of the world can turn to as an example. "I think this is a utopia where children with disabilities and others can live together and interact with each other," he says.
"In the past few years, Israelis have seen a much better picture whether they have disabled people in their communities or wheelchair users," Wortzman said. [and handicapped-] There is a long way to go, but there is still a long way to go. "
He is currently proud of ALEH's collaboration with the Department of Education, called "Repairing the World, Together," to 13,000 9th grade students who study in a curriculum that teaches children how to accept others. obstacle. In parallel with the volunteer time in the facilities of ALEH.
"The future of Negeb architecture"
Shay Hajaje, head of the Merhavim Regional Council, sees the construction of Negev's "Daniel" as a remarkable Zionist effort.
"It is amazing to build this city, which is a key principle of Zionism," JNS said. "This new and unique city has the potential to help many people."
He added that his spokesman's son, Daniel, gave the city much more meaning to the project. "This is a great privilege."
Wortzman, who lives in the city of Beersheva, known as "the capital of Negev", says he declined the opportunity to offer a second term in Knesset to keep the ALEH southern branch under control. "It's important to be an MK, but knowing that you can work everyday and improve people's lives, this is a very fulfilling experience," said Daniel. [even more of] It is an honor to be part of the future of Negee Construction. "
According to the Ministry of Construction and Housing, we are already demanding that we live in Daniel. ALEH family We are looking for young couples from the region, including a variety of people, including families and health providers. New community and career IDF soldiers.
Yoav Gallant, minister of construction, said in a statement, "building a new town in the south will attract more people from the center of Israel to strengthen the economy and improve the safety of the entire region."
"Working with ALEH will emphasize social aspects such as creating jobs and affecting revenues, as well as caring for people with disabilities and people with disabilities," he said.