An extension of the SAVI project run by CLICK and the Hod Hasharon municipality was opened for the general public at the Giora community center for the elderly.
The SAVI project includes an inspirational handicraft learning center, as well as operating a handicraft workshop run by the aged and learning impaired who cut and pack handicraft raw material and kits to be sold to a national craft distributor. SAVI aims to become a sustainable in-house industry based on reinvestment of profits to cover expenses of the project and fund future community philanthropic causes.
Through Savi’s extension efforts various arts and crafts programs, including a program designed for mothers and daughters will be operating throughout the summer. One mother describes the experience, “A wonderful group was formed and both my daughter and myself – I wait anxiously for our special quality time together every Friday morning. When we arrive, Yael Nechushtan, the group coordinator and some of the elderly members of the center greet us with light refreshments. We each work on individual projects, help each other and share our progress along the way. The atmosphere is fun and creative.”
Additional programs are expected to open soon, including a program for grandparents and grandchildren, and a program just for women. The common denominator between these programs is in SAVIs motto “Every One Can”, since no prior knowledge or expertise is required. In the program, basic and simple techniques are taught that lead to surprising results and reinforces the belief that everyone has hidden creative talents. The added advantage of the program is the focus on inter-generational activities providing real quality time between parents, children and grandparents.