Jordan River Village is one of several Hole In The Wall camps established by Paul Newman. In case you don’t remember the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Paul Newman played Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford Played the Sundance Kid. Their band of outlaws was called The Hole In The Wall gang.
Jordan River Village – Israel – the place in the Middle East where seriously ill children can just be kids
Paul Newman started it all in 1988 when he founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for kids suffering from life threatening diseases. Since then, the Association of HITW Camps has become a global fraternity of permanent recreational villages. The Jordan River Village , located on 61 plus acres of secluded, beautiful land high above the Sea of Galilee in Israel , is a proud member of this Association.
It all began in the year 2000 as a dream of Marilyn and Murray Grant. (our founders). Since then the JRV has made great progress. Its strong Israeli Board, chaired by Chaim Topol, is directing hundreds of volunteers in Israel and throughout the world, all of whom are working to achieve its mission
To enrich the lives of Jewish and Arab children, in Israel and in the neighboring countries, suffering from serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions by creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences.
It is all about the kids – giving them some of their childhood back, enhancing their sense of self-worth.
The Village (the only one of its kind in the Middle East) will include state-of-the-art, but unobtrusive, 24 hour medical supervision, comfortable cabins, specially treated swimming pool, dining hall complex, a performing arts theater, sports & recreation center, arts & crafts building, a lake and much, much more. Children between the ages of 9 and 18 with cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, familial dysautonomia, neurological disorders, rheumatic diseases, heart diseases and other life threatening or chronic diseases will be able to feel safe and cared for.
No child or family will ever pay to attend the Jordan River Village which will be open year-round.
Leading hospitals and voluntary disease-oriented organizations have partnered with the Jordan River Village , recognizing the importance of such a village and its benefit to thousands of children, who suffer in ways most of us will never know. The experience of sister camps It’s has shown that seriously ill children thrive, both physically and mentally, in an atmosphere of fun, support, appreciation and satisfaction.
Activities are structured to allow campers to experience success no matter what their disease or disability. Following their camp experience, the kids react more favorably to medical treatment and address their conditions more positively.
The Government of Israel is officially endorsing the project and have committed to financially support the establishment, operation and maintenance of the Village.
Construction begun in 2006. The Village will open in 2010.
I urge you to consider donating to this worthy endeavor. Again, the link for more information, and/or to donate, is this: jordanrivervillage.org.