OneFamily and the Ofer* Family

*To preserve their privacy, I am using pseudonyms for all members of the family.

Ronit Ofer was enjoying a cup of coffee and good conversation one fall day about a decade ago, when a suicide bomber blew up the crowded cafe in Jerusalem where she was sitting. Ronit sustained serious shrapnel injuries throughout her body. Doctors were unable to remove all of the shrapnel, so Ronit suffers from severe headaches, ear and dental problems, as well as PTSD and bouts of depression to this day.

The physical and emotional injuries from the attack, as well as the financial difficulties that resulted, have affected the entire Ofer family: Ronit and her husband Yosef, and their two children, Amit and Tal (now aged 12 and 18 respectively). OneFamily is helping them all.

“I have been part of OneFamily for almost all of my life,” says Amit. “They have been there for our family every step of the way, with so much love. A volunteer visits me once a week and I go with my parents to holiday events at the OneFamily center.”

OneFamily helps Ronit and her family with psychological counseling, personal outreach to the children, medical support, social welfare, and legal advice. OneFamily also helps with food vouchers for the High Holidays and Passover. Yosef and Ronit participate in a therapeutic group that goes on outings with other wounded couples who experienced the same trauma they have endured. In short, OneFamily supports Ronit’s efforts to recover from her various physical and emotional challenges in many different ways.

Help youngsters orphaned by terrorism

Thanks to all those who’ve already contributed to my Big Birthday Project to support the Orphans Project of OneFamily.

You can donate at my OneFamily page – donations made on that page are tax-deductible in the United States. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation from Canada, the UK, or Israel, you can donate here by clicking the appropriate button. But please specify it’s for my birthday project! Either do that on the donation page, or send me a message via Facebook and I’ll make sure OneFamily know.

P.S. Did you donate already? Please send me a message via Facebook so I can make sure it’s included in the project total.

Help spread the word!

I’d love it if you’d blog about this project, tweet it, add it to your Facebook page, forward this blog to anyone else you think might be interested… in short, help spread the word!

And… thank you.

Right now, OneFamily needs our support more than ever.

About the Author
Caroline Ben-Ari has lived on three different continents, but still talks with a British accent. She now lives in the beautiful Central Galilee region of Israel, works as a technical communicator, and firmly believes that 60 is the new 40.
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