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Special-needs Israeli adults find meaningful work on kibbutz farm


January 1, 2021

Menachem Stolpner and Shai Asher program participants at work at the vegetable garden on Kibbutz Shluhot.

(Israel21C via JNS) - Moringa and turmeric aren't well-known crops in Israel. But when the ones being cultivated at Kibbutz Shluchot in the north of the country reach the market, you can rest assured that they grew in the most supportive and caring atmosphere.

For the past nine months, they've been grown by adults with special needs as part of their work at an NGO called Shai Asher that provides them with a meaningful employment experience, constituting a stepping stone toward a more independent and integrated life.

In Israel, people with special needs go to school until the age of 21, af...

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