West Ukraine: Camp for Mothers and Children from Unprivileged Families

More than 80 Jewish mothers and their children from difficult socio-economic backgrounds enjoyed a relaxing ten-day overnight summer camp experience in the FJC’s ‘Alumim’ Children’s home in Zhitomir. The camp, established 11 years ago, has turned into a source of hope for the families.

The unique camp took place in the comfortable vacation campus of the ‘Alumim’ orphanage and children’s home located in a suburb of Zhitomir. Most of the participating families, mainly single mothers with toddlers and young children, arrived from remote villages in West Ukraine that don’t have any active Jewish community or Jewish educational institutions nearby.

The participants enjoyed a wide range of uplifting activities, in two parallel tracks for mothers and children, including arts and crafts, sports and swimming, trips and attractions, kosher nutritious meals, lectures and classes, a lively Shabbaton, professional medical checkups and much more.

“For most of these families,” the camp’s Director, Mrs. Malki Bukiet, explained, “this camp is one of their only opportunities to encounter Judaism, in a welcoming and warm manner, throughout the entire year. As such, we make sure to make it an unforgettable experience that they look forward to participating in every summer.”

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