SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, PagerDuty Blog, Michael Jannery, Javier Paniza

News Feed Item

Bringing Smiles to Special Children in Times of War

Sirens blare in southern Israel, and explosions sound in the background * Handicapped children caught in the fray * One organization and fifty volunteers join forces to save them * How you can Lend a Hand to a Special Child…

 

 

 

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Operation Protective Edge.  Israel is under attack, its cities and towns barraged by intense rocket fire and missiles. Sirens sound day and night, suddenly, unexpectedly.  Soldiers are deployed along the border and sent into battle where they risk their lives to overcome the Gazan enemy, pinpoint rocket launching sites and discover and destroy tunnels, protecting their land and fellow citizens.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140731/132180

Still, life goes on.  With summer in full swing, parents are at work and children attend day camps or play at home, while all along sirens blare and the thunder of distant explosions resonates in the background.

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Lend A Hand to a Special Child opened a summer camp for special-needs children who are residents of southern Israel, which has been most significantly impacted by the dangers of war. The camp is situated in Lend A Hand's beautiful Retreat Center in Haifa and is attended by dozens of children, residents of Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod and Ashkelon. Our special-needs campers are accompanied by a full staff of fifty dedicated volunteers who remain with their charges 24 hours a day, ensuring that each child enjoys and gets the most out of his camp experience.

Since many of these precious children are unable to comprehend the urgent need to run to a secured area as soon as the wail of a siren is heard, the only viable solution, it seemed, was to either keep them confined to a secured room 24-7, a largely impossible task, or else move them from harm's way. Thus the concept of the camp was born.

Several days ago in camp, a heartwarming scene occurred when a set of special-needs twins from Kiryat Malachi celebrated their birthday, and their parents wished them a tearful "Happy birthday" on Skype, speaking from their bomb shelter at home.

Rabbi Mendy Blintzky, executive director of Lend A Hand, expresses, "Despite having emptied our coffers and stretching ourselves far beyond our budget, we're keeping the camp open and continuing to operate without change in order to ensure the safety of our precious children. Really, the government should be acting to protect the children and move them out of harm's way; but since nothing has been done to guarantee their safety, we took the children under our own wing, and we gratefully welcome any support and financial assistance."

With Operation Protective Edge persisting and no immediate end in sight, the organization launched a second initiative with the goal of bringing happiness and cheer to special-needs children who remained at home.

A special staff of workers man the Lend A Hand Simcha Smile Vans, traveling from shelter to shelter accommodating special-needs children, distributing loads of sweets and valuable gifts and even presenting a comedy show suitable for the children! The Smile Van also visits private shelters in southern Israel and has distributed tablets to special-needs children to help them overcome the boredom, tension and heavy anxiety. To assist the children, a special application was installed in the tablet to warn them to react to sirens.

To date, 200 tablets have already been distributed, but there are still another 300 children eagerly anticipating this valuable gift.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?<wbr />v=psW0NafkKV4

To view this video on YouTube, please visit:

Media Contact: Eli Mandelbaum, Eli Mandelbaum Production, 972544926888, [email protected]

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

 

SOURCE Operation Protective Edge

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water,...
In her General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing, at Verizon Enterprise, focused on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, she focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platfo...
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by your analysts and designers, and the resulting application built by your developers, there is a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral out of control, and applications fall short of requirements. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, will present a new approach where business and development users collaborate – each using tools appropriate to their goals and expertise – to build mo...
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immed...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using ...
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionalit...
"ElasticBox is an enterprise company that makes it very easy for developers and IT ops to collaborate to develop, build and deploy applications on any cloud - private, public or hybrid," stated Monish Sharma, VP of Customer Success at ElasticBox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"For the past 4 years we have been working mainly to export. For the last 3 or 4 years the main market was Russia. In the past year we have been working to expand our footprint in Europe and the United States," explained Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, ...
At 15th Cloud Expo, Shrikant Pattathil, Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems, demos a video delivery platform that helps you do interactive videos. He discusses how Harbinger is accomplishing it in the cloud world, the problems they faced and the choices they made to get around these problems.
“DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
“The year of the cloud – we have no idea when it's really happening but we think it's happening now. For those technology providers like Zentera that are helping enterprises move to the cloud - it's been fun to watch," noted Mike Loftus, VP Product Management and Marketing at Zentera Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Want to enable self-service provisioning of application environments in minutes that mirror production? Can you automatically provide rich data with code-level detail back to the developers when issues occur in production? In his session at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how to accomplish this and more utilizing technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio online, and Application Insights in this demo-heavy session.