Hamifal – Educational Children’s Homes
There are children for whom home is not a given
The organization (Hamifal) was founded in 1943 by the late Ms. Recha Friar (an Israel Prize winner) with the aim of educating and rehabilitating at-risk children, aged 6-17 who grew up in a disadvantaged environment. Hamifal: an educational children’s home is a warm rehabilitating home which provides a warm home, alongisde a rehabilitative education, for more than 800 at-risk and homeless children. The organisation is unique for its novel education-therapy model.
The association is supervised and funded by the Administration of Settlement Education in the Ministry of Education.
Hamifal is not a boarding school or an adoptive family, but an educational model, with a unique form, that promotes and combines the good in family life with additional central social services. The youth villages are based on the family cell model, consisting of 12 boys and girls of different ages living together with a married couple and their children. The married couple, who serve as “home parents” to our children, are part of the permanent village staff who surround the children.