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Review for Keren Or, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I actually have visited Keren Or a few times and have witnessed the exceptional work that they do. The children and young adults at Keren Or suffer from the terrible conflation of both multi handicaps and blindness. However, within two minutes of my initial visit, I noticed that the children were smiling, laughing, even singing and I knew that Keren Or was unique. It is a happy, warm and joyful place where these children receive invaluable therapy, uniquely catered to their disabilities, so that they can become as independent as possible and have genuinely fulfilling lives. The staff is so clearly dedicated to these children. Not only do they work strenuously with the children to help them progress, but they truly love these kids. I have seen it. They are constantly giving them encouragement. I could hear joyful praises through the hallways. And they are always hugging them. For children who are blind and handicapped, a hug is probably the most effective way of expressing love. After my first visit, I returned a few more times and I saw, first hand, the amazing progress many of the children made. I saw some children who previously could not function or communicate in anyway, sit at a table with their friends and sing a song. Keren Or is rare in the fact that it helps children who are blind and multi-handicapped; and it is exceptional because it truly helps the children through both innovative therapy and genuine affection. I cannot praise Keren Or enough and I truly feel privileged to have had the opportunity to see its work. I highly recommend checking out its website to learn more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the children and young adults progress exponentially despite their disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funds.

Role:  Board Member & I visited Keren Or and helped plan fundraisers.