Meet the Kids

Therapy for Developmental Delay


The mother of Yosef, a 3 year-old boy from Rishon Lezion called the Malki Foundation office looking for help. She had been referred by Kesher, one of the organizations with which we have worked closely for years. Her story was one we have, unfortunately, come to know only too well.

Boy in sailboat


A few weeks ago we received a call from Rachel, a social worker at the Onn School for children with disabilities in Tel Aviv. Rachel had heard about the Malki Foundation after one of the staff members at the school had given a presentation about Malki and the Foundation in honor of Yom Hazikaron. She was calling urgently to get help for Yoav, one of their students who was in great need. “His father is collapsing from the financial and emotional strain,” she said.

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Boy with tracheostomy tube


Ido is a smiley, friendly 2 year-old boy who was born with serious development delays, birth defects and respiratory difficulties. He lives with his parents and his 3 siblings in the city of Nahariya.

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hodaya and mother


Hodaya, 16 years-old, is the youngest of 3, and was born with Cerebral Palsy. She lives with her family in Jerusalem. Hodaya has been receiving hydrotherapy through our Therapies at Home program since 2013. The hydrotherapy helps heart and lung function, maintain muscle mass, and clear mucous from her lungs. Her mother, Zehava, spoke about Hodaya and the therapies she receives at our Rainbow of Music concert. Here's what she said:

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Girl Smiling


Neta, now six-and-a-half-years-old is a talkative and friendly girl, who just started first grade in a special education school.

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“It’s not enough to have a disabled child. You are left with no alternative but to fight the system.”
These are the words of Chaya, whose 14 year-old son, Shai, has Cerebral Palsy. Shai has a specific form of CP called spastic diplegia which causes his leg muscles to stiffen and contract, and relegates him to a wheel chair, unable to walk.

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therapist and boy


Meet Chaim, 7 years old, born with epilepsy, autism, and Cerebral Palsy. Until his mother contacted the Malki Foundation, Chaim spent his days in bed, unable to move unaided.

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Therapist and boy


Yonah is 5 years-old, has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed with West Syndrome (a severe form of epilepsy which causes brain damage and developmental delays) as a baby.

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Natalia, age 11, was born completely healthy. When she was 6 years old she contracted encephalitis, which left her with severe neurological damage.

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Please meet Itamar, a very special child living in northern Israel. He and his family have new hope after finding their therapist, Dena.

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Shalom is an energetic teenager, full of smiles and is actually excited to go to school. But he wasn’t always this way.

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Ahuva was born with Down's syndrome and has severe mental and physical delays.

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Noa, a 4 year old girl, has a severe development delay with no clear diagnosis.

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Ori, who was 18 when he entered our Therapists on Wheels Program, lives in Mitzpeh Ramon, in southern Israel and because of his location, when he joined our program he had not been receiving any benefits or services even from the government.

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Nethaniel was born with cerebral palsy and his parents were told that he would never walk. Now 10 years old, he just completed a 2 km race!

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