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Testimonials from Members
 
"My name is Afik and I am the first blind counselor at Krembo Wings. Before I joined Krembo Wings, I never thought it would be possible for me to take part in a youth movement.
 
 Karin, my partner, is my eyes at the branch. During the  activities she describes everything to me. I help her understand things because I  know how to reach her and explain things in a way she can comprehend. We  have a really good connection, a common language.
 
 Krembo Wings made me believe in myself and dare to be active in a youth  movement just like everyone else. For me it´s a dream come true."
– Afik, a counselor at the Kiryat Gat branch
  
"Almost everyone is obsessed with their desire to leave a mark on the world, to endow a legacy, to outlive death. We all want to be remembered. I do too. I want to leave a mark. The mark I want to leave on the world is a smile - the smile of a child, of a teenager, of a grownup. I see this smile that fills up my heart every Sunday, every activity over and over again. My heart swells and I think I can´t contain anymore, and then I come the next week for another activity – and I discover that my heart can contain everything, and it truly does. My heart is now full of seventeen weeks’ worth of happiness, love, endless smiles, and of course like everywhere else also some anger and sadness – but still everyone makes sure that all the members with disabilities go home happy." 
– Dorel, a counselor at the Hadera branch
 
"Children with disabilities feel invisible and even worse, weird. That definitely doesn’t contribute to our self-confidence. There are always people around me who connect my appearance to a lack of ability. 
 
This year, for the first time in my life, I feel like I belong! I feel like I can be myself. Once a week I put on my uniform and go to Krembo Wings.  Nobody judges me. Nobody gives me special treatment and nobody thinks that my walker limits my abilities! One thing Krembo Wings has taught me is that I too deserve things! I deserve friends, love and laughter and meaning and dreams." 
– Paz, a counselor with Cerebral Palsy at the Kiryat Ono branch
 
"At School you learn many things that may or may not help you in your life. At Krembo Wings´ seminars and training days I get tools that help me deal with my life right now, as a teenager. Every day I learn so much from Krembo Wings´ training, branch activities and from my amazing special partner. What I learn here is the ‘real thing’ that will stay with me for the rest of my life."
– Tom, a counselor at the Kiryat Shmona branch
 
 "I was born in Argentina and moved to Israel with my family when I was 3 years  old. As an immigrant I always felt different - the cultural differences, the  accent… I wanted so much to belong.
 
 When I was fourteen I was sent to a boarding school. I was a wild kid who  couldn’t find my place anywhere. Everybody in the new school went to the local  Krembo Wings branch and I went with them, not knowing exactly what it was.    After 2 weeks I knew in my heart that I had finally found my calling.
 
Children and youth from all backgrounds were active together – religious and secular, Jewish and Arab, with disabilities and without - all were friends having a great time, doing great community work. I was not judged. I was loved and accepted for who I am!
 
Since joining Krembo Wings, I have changed and have become a better person. I have become a counselor and a leader of my branch and have recently joined a pre-army service program and I can see a bright future for myself. That is truly a great feeling!"
– Julian, a counselor at our Hod Hasharon branch
 
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