Sarah, 22, made “Aliyah” to Israel from Ethiopia 5 years ago with her 3-year-old son, Yisrael. The father of her child remained in Ethiopia. She lives with her family in the north of Israel. Due to the difficulties of moving to Israel and fitting in, many pressures began in her family. Sarah and her son were victims of violence and humiliation by Sarah’s father. Sarah felt weak, unprotected and worthless. She was unable to protect her son and make him feel secure in their new country.
Yisrael’s condition deteriorated, he shut down, didn’t speak or eat much at all. Over time, reports from the preschool teacher said that Yisrael rarely shows up and that the contact with his mother is almost completely gone. At this point the welfare authorities intervened deliberately to remove Yisrael from his home to a framework outside his home.
Sarah threatened to commit suicide; her feelings were that the only thing she had left in this world was her only son, Yisrael. She knew that without him, her father would kick her out of the house.
In the approach of the welfare clerk to the Shabtai Levy Home Mothers Unit and after meeting with Sarah, it was decided to bring her into the Mothers Unit.
Sarah stayed at the unit for about a year and half. During this time she went through a rehabilitation process that built her identity, self-confidence and self-esteem and strengthened her parenting skills.
Yisrael began to bloom, he went to preschool, made friends and most importantly found faith and confidence in his relationship with his mother. In addition, new relationships were founded with Sarah’s extended family and therefore a support system was created.
Today the two are living in an “Amigur” apartment, Sarah is making a living on her own, and Yisrael is integrated in elementary school and is an honor student.
Every few months Sarah and Yisrael visit the Staff that gave them their new start in life and hope for a better future.