The audience was enthralled by the debut performance of the students at the Afikim Ekementary School for Girls with Special Needs, which took place in Binyanei HaUmah in Jerusalem.
This amazing performance was the inaugural event of the "Week of the Special Child in Israel.
When these girls first walked through the doors of Afikim, they were afraid, dispirited, and their self-image was abysmal. They suffer from difficult and complicated problems, and they must cope in one day, with what most people don’t in a lifetime.
Now, after eight years of intense professional assistance, patience, and endless love and encouragement, these girls are on their way. And what a long way they have come! These same poised young women who have no difficulty performing before an audience, were once afraid to look in the mirror.
They are ready for their next step in life, and are to be mainstreamed into regular high schools in the fall.
The audience was in tears last Tuesday on the stage at Binyanei HaUmah. What they were watching was a celebration of the human spirit. An affirmation of the indomitable strength these girls displayed, allied
with the unstinting efforts and professional support of SULAM.
Those who walked with them on the long road, teachers, counselors, their parents, as well as the many honored guests at the event, could not contain their emotion on this night of triumph.