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Cultivating Hope Amidst Chaos

In the midst of upheaval and dislocation, a touching story from the preschool for the children of devastated Kibbutz Be'eri in their temporary refuge in the Dead Sea area.

Upon arriving at the hotel tasked with caring for the kindergarten children, the preschool teachers pondered a poignant question: How do you cultivate a garden in such a transient space? Inspired and determined, the staff embarked on a journey of creation, starting with potted plants, donated seeds, and a wealth of ideas. The children, used to being surrounded by the fields and orchards of their kibbutz, eagerly embraced this horticultural endeavor, giving life to a vibrant potted garden.

Be'eri's children prepare soil for their garden

Two weeks ago, Elad Pelleg, Dror Israel educator and the preschool's director, brought news of students from the Urban Eco-Agriculture Vocational Training Course at Dror Israel's Tel Aviv High School crafting wooden planters for the preschool's children to grow vegetables. Born from a desire to use their technological skills and knowledge to help, the garden became a collaborative effort, symbolizing resilience and shared purpose. The students designed and created the portable planters, contributing to the creation of a green oasis for Be'eri's children.

"The challenge in the Dead Sea is finding planting soil and compost," shares Ela Yalon, one of the preschool teachers. However, through the generosity of Israel's Permaculture community, they received vital donations. "Thanks to the Be'eri community and the hardworking children who have planted and continue working in the garden. You are champions!"

Students from Dror Israel's Tel Aviv Vocational School pitched in to help build a garden for the preschool.

For the children, reconnecting to the soil and its deep healing powers helps to ground them, renew their spirits, and foster growth.

This tale is not just about a garden; it's a symbol of resilience and growth in the face of adversity. Dror Israel, operating seven preschools for the evacuated children from Kibbutz Be'eri, understands the profound impact of reconnecting with the land. Since October 7th, these children have faced displacement and destruction, yet amidst the chaos, the act of cultivating a garden becomes a profound step towards rebuilding and healing.

The little kibbutznikim love taking care of their new garden.

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