26 June 2017
This week we celebrated Liat’s (not her real name) Bat Mitzvah. Liat lives in the Mishpachton in WIZO Nir Haemek. The Mishpachton, Hebrew for nuclear family, is a foster home simulating a family environment where students live as a cohesive family (usually up to 8 children) through their high school years.
The “parents” of this family are actually trained social workers who live, often with their own children, in the house and provide the structure, supervision, and nurturing of “typical” parents.
The celebration party took place at the central garden of the WIZO Nir Haemek Youth Village. The mishpachton team, together with the staff of WIZO Nir Haemek, organized and decorated the chairs and tables and took care of the music. The food was donated by a local Italian restaurant, who provided pizzas, salads and pasta, and a team of volunteer clowns entertained the children.
Liat wore new clothes that were bought specially for her. She was all made up by a professional cosmetician that teaches our pupils. Close family relatives also came to celebrate with Liat in this moving evening.
Liat came to the michpachton at the age of eight. She is the daughter of divorced parents. Her father was in jail and divorced his wife. He was released a while ago, but he is under injunction not to visit Afula for three years. This is why he could not show up to Liat’s party.
Liat invited all her family, her grandmother, aunties and uncles. She was very nervous of the celebration and asked several times to cancel it because she said she was ashamed of her family.
To save the day we invited more pupils from the dormitories so there would be a crowd. Naturally, the children like to party and within minutes we had an active crowd that cooperated and helped to made this party a success.
Next year, Liat will continue in a special education school that will help her needs.
Shy Liat never stopped smiling, she was so happy. We are sure Liat will remember this wonderful party celebration all her life.
Mazal Tov to Liat!
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO