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Testimonials from Members and their Parents
 
We would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to two wonderful girls, Shahar and Nofar. We are thankful for their support, guidance and amazing cooperation with our son Yoav. Yoav is a ten year old boy who was diagnosed on the Autistic spectrum and has several other problems. He undergoes many treatments and checkups. 
Krembo Wings provides him with a warm and loving place. He comes home every time very happy and with a smile, and that is thanks to Nofar and Shahar who accept him and play with him, and communicate with him as an equal. Even though he had difficulty adapting at the beginning, they didn´t give up and dealt with all the problems. It is clear that everything they do comes from the heart, and they have a great desire to succeed. 
 
Today Yoav is in his third year at Krembo Wings - ever since the Kfar-Saba branch opened, and he has a wonderful time with them. Every picture the girls send me in which Yoav has a smile on his face, tells me without words that he is happy. 
Thank you, and we wish to meet many more good people on Yoav´s and our path.
 
- Hagit and Nicky Elwas, Kfar Saba 
 
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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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