Culturally Sensitive Therapeutic Work with Children at Risk from the Foreign Community in Tel-Aviv

By Shlomo, Ofira Ben | International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, October 1, 2013 | Go to article overview

Culturally Sensitive Therapeutic Work with Children at Risk from the Foreign Community in Tel-Aviv


Shlomo, Ofira Ben, International Journal of Child Health and Human Development


In the city of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa there's a community of refugees and immigrants that contains about 70,000 people, which is in a serious public health crisis and distress.

Mesila (aid and information center for the foreign community), was founded by the municipality of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa to help the immigrants and refugees in Tel-Aviv, and reduce their distress. It should be noted that Mesila is the only welfare unit, which takes care and helps the foreign community, and there is no other organization like that in the country.

The presentation will focus on the condition of the children of immigrants and refugees that are exposed to many risks and dangers and stays most of the day in pirate kindergartens. Those kindergartens are usually characterized by horrible physical conditions, neglect, lack of safety, density, large range of ages in the same place, manpower ratio of 1 kindergarten teacher per 30 babies, and lack of stimulation for the children. The work with the pirate kindergartens raise several therapeutic, diagnostic and ethical questions. …

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