ICEJ Paves The Road To Recovery

Recovery of Israel during war

Published by: ICEJ

Assisting The People Of Israel With Recovery Therapy

The recovery of the people of Israel is so important, and ICEJ are leading in ways that you can also have a large part in. 

This article gives an insight into a hurting nation as we report on a vital project. “Comfort, comfort My people, says the LORD” Isaiah 40:1.

Since the war with Hamas started last October 7, the demand for mental health care in Israel has surged, especially for those suffering with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experts are warning that one-in-three individuals impacted by the conflict will grapple with trauma symptoms for years to come.

Thus, trauma therapy programs are urgently needed for:

  • Survivors of the Nova music festival massacre
  • The Gaza border kibbutzim victims
  • Those who lost loved ones
  • First-responders and paramedics called to scenes of carnage
  • Released hostages
  • Children in distress

ICEJ has recently stepped up efforts to support a range of trauma therapy and recovery programs in Israel.

One such initiative is a new recovery home we funded in Migdal HaEmek that serves as a haven for those experiencing acute trauma symptoms. The Christian Embassy provided the initial start-up funding to completely renovate and furnish the home, which is now self-supporting and uses creative therapy methods to help people find their balance in life more quickly.

Animal Therapy

Elsewhere, we have sponsored animal and agricultural therapy for various trauma patients, such as farming projects and horse-back riding sessions at several locations. The ICEJ recently bought two therapy horses for one such stable and paid for a covering over the riding rink at another. We also have sponsored horse-riding sessions for hundreds of recovering youths and the stories of children quickly regaining their balance are quite touching.

For instance, a young boy named Erez was held hostage in Gaza for 50 days and managed to survive mentally by remembering his times riding his favourite horse “Dingy”. After his release, Erez was so glad to be back on Dingy again when the ICEJ sponsored rides for a group of impacted children.

A five-year old boy from Kibbutz Urim, near Gaza, had been locked up for 12 hours in the family safe room on October 7, which left him living in fear. His mother noticed how he had stopped singing out loud all the time, like he used to do. But after returning to the kibbutz recently to visit the stables as part of an ICEJ-sponsored animal therapy program for children, he began brushing a horse and started singing aloud again for the first time, leaving his mother in tears.

Diverse Therapy Methods

The ICEJ also is involved in many other trauma therapy programs, such as special training courses for medical professionals dealing with severely injured patients and Jewish-Arab tensions in the work place. We are helping to fund a new trauma recovery centre in Jerusalem, as well as an innovative new project that hopes to provide trauma patients with virtual reality headsets they can take home which instantly offer soothing imagery and audio to ease symptoms when trauma episodes occur. These devices seem to help more people at lower costs than traditional therapy sessions, and also allow specialists to monitor patients remotely from home.

Israel’s need for effective trauma care solutions is both immense and urgent, and the demand will be here for years to come.

What does this mean for you? There are a number of ways you can get involved and help to restore the people of Israel and become a part of the recovery process. Please consider a generous gift to the ICEJ’s Israel in Crisis fund as we continue to reach out to a hurting nation.

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