News & Events
Yemin Orde Mechina Graduates Among Those Honored By Israel President Peres and Top IDF Official
04-18-13 - During Israel's recent Independence Day cele...
ORT Technology Acco Embraces The Village Way
04-17-13 - Breaking the cycle of routine with The Villag...
Yemin Orde Celebrates 60 Years of Transforming Lives of Israel's At-Risk Children
04-16-13 - On Monday, April 15, 2013, Yemin Orde Youth V...
On December 4, 2010, Yemin Orde Youth Village was hit hard by the largest wildfire in Israel’s history. The fire destroyed thousands of acres in the Carmel Forest region of northern Israel, a typically lush and serene mountainous area, within close proximity to the Village.
As the wildfire raced toward the Village, all children and staff members and their families were safely evacuated to another nearby youth village. Miraculously, there were no injuries. When the smoke finally cleared, nearly 40 percent of Yemin Orde was burnt to the ground. Key administrative offices, the library, classrooms and staff homes were either destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.
Today, rebuilding efforts are well underway. Thanks to the generosity of Friends of Yemin Orde’s worldwide community of supporters, assistance from the Israeli government, and insurance reimbursements, displacement of the staff and children at the Village was kept to a minimum; daily life resumed only one month following the fire. A new Master Plan was created to rebuild the Yemin Orde Youth Village to reflect its original beauty and to enhance many of the older buildings and its aging infrastructure.
Your help is needed to close a $1.7 million funding gap to complete this rebuilding project at the Village. Help us meet our goal to finish this recovery project by July 2014.