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Planting Seeds of Healing: Students Build Community Gardens for Displaced and Wounded Soldiers

Students prepare and hone their skills on the Tel Aviv school's rooftop garden.

Students from across Dror Israel's network have found innovative ways to help others during these challenging times. In a heartwarming display of compassion and ingenuity, students from Dror Israel's Tel Aviv high school are using their skills in urban agriculture to make a difference for those who need it. As part of their vocational training track, these students have been learning how to create community gardens, using nature and plants to foster connection and healing.



Over the past months, these students have embarked on a special project: creating portable gardens at several evacuee centers for displaced communities. These gardens serve not only as sources of fresh produce but also as therapeutic spaces, providing solace and connection during difficult times.

Students worked with senior veterans to building accessible planters.

Recently, the students identified another group in need of healing and support: wounded soldiers. Partnering with Beit HaLochem, an organization for Disabled IDF Veterans, the students embarked on a new endeavor. With the help of senior citizens, wounded veterans themselves, they set out to build planters that would transform into a community garden for the soldiers.

Students made necessary adaptations to ensure the garden can be used by all.

However, the students quickly realized a challenge: many of the injured soldiers would be in wheelchairs, making traditional gardening setups inaccessible. Undeterred, they adapted their blueprint, designing wheelchair-accessible planter boxes that would allow soldiers to garden at chair level.


This thoughtful adaptation not only demonstrates the students' commitment to inclusivity but also highlights their innovative problem-solving skills. By creating an accessible gardening space, they are ensuring that all members of the community, regardless of physical ability, can participate in the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

The wheelchair accessible garden will welcome wounded soldiers during their healing and recovery.

Through their actions, these students are not only cultivating gardens but also nurturing a sense of community and resilience. Their project serves as a powerful reminder of the impact that small acts of kindness and creativity can have in bringing people together and fostering healing in difficult times.

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