Ahava Village is much more than a place of residence.
We strive in every way to make it a home.
Growing up in a safe environment with caring parents is something most of us can take for granted. But for children whose lives have been wracked with abuse, neglect and loss, spending an evening around the dinner table with family is a dream that’s long eluded them.
“God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68:6
So, this is the model we follow when creating mishpachtons (families) for displaced youth. In these fifteen carefully-constructed foster families, approximately a dozen children live in a warm and loving atmosphere similar to traditional family life:
- They have “parents” involved in all aspects of their lives—checking in with them about what’s going on at school and keeping tabs on their emotional needs.
- Home life is kept as normal as can be, with daily chores to maintain and even a family pet to play with and take care of.
- School is attended onsite with teachers equipped to fill in any learning gaps that exist due to instability in the child’s background.
- Counselors provide therapy sessions (whether group therapy, music therapy or even supervised sessions with horses) to give the children ways to heal and grow.
- Receiving this specialized attention at home in Ahava Village allows children to avoid being institutionalized and the stigma that can bring.
Turn Children Who are Neglected
into Children Who are Loved
Having a safe, loving, nurturing environment is something that should be normal for all children. Sadly, these precious young lives have been robbed of this, which makes what Ahava Village is doing so vital for their wellbeing. We invite you to join this labor of love by supporting the make-shift families of children we are housing, feeding, educating and nurturing.
“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27