The program's success will grow out of our commitment to give our children the best time of their lives and a greater sense of self-worth through specially designed programs that focus on their abilities rather than their diseases. The experience of the other camps has shown that seriously ill children thrive in an atmosphere of admiration and appreciation. "Children don't say ‘thank you for a wonderful time',” Paul Newman explains, "they say ‘thank you for changing my life'.”
The Jordan River Village can only be successful and sustainable through the support of our local, regional and international partners. Each year, the JRV will serve more than 3000 children and their families at completely no cost to the participants. Our greatest need will be served through financial assistance. Our financial goals are best served through private donations, foundations and corporate partnerships and/or introductions to those people who could potentially help.
Additionally, we need help in developing volunteer programs that will assist in making the village reach its objectives.
If you are interested in providing children in Israel and the region with serious medical conditions a safe, medically supervised, fun-filled experience and are in a position to assist us in these or other ways, we warmly invite you to join us.
The Jordan River Village will take advantage of the 245-dunam site in a secluded, safe area in the Lower Galilee. The Village will include comfortable cabins, a specially heated and treated pool, dining hall, theater, medical center, sports center, arts & crafts building, library, retreat building, gymnasium, other recreational facilities, administrative and maintenance buildings and staff housing. The combination of Israel 's climate and careful design of the buildings will enable year round operation.
The SeriousFun Children's
Network has accepted the Jordan River
Village as a full member. The success of the original Hole in the Wall Gang
Camp, founded by Paul Newman, has created an international organization of
camps. The SFCN provides professional and technical assistance and
maintains high standards through a detailed reporting program. Stringent
assessment procedures will be integral to the camp's ongoing operation and
The Ministers' Committee for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee decided on November 20, 2005 (Decision 23 NG) to assist in the establishment and the operation of the Jordan River Village as part of the government's plan for the development of the Galilee .
The participation of all the Ministries will reach 20% of the project's budget.
The Jordan River Village (a non-profit organization) has been registered in Israel. Israel authorities have authorized tax-deductible 46-Aleph status, while in the Unites States similar 501(c)(3) status has been granted to the American Friends of Jordan River Village, as well as in the UK .
Additionally, over fifteen leading hospitals along with the Israel Ministry of Health and other leading medical and professional organizations have already partnered with the Jordan River Village to enable frequent exchange of expertise, information and participation of children and staff.
Over the course of a year, the Village's staff will provide free, fun-filled, medically-safe retreats for the region's diverse populations including Jewish, Muslim and Christian children (9-18), suffering from serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. Camper parents and siblings will be offered special sessions and a variety of services to help them cope with the tensions and strains that severe illness imposes on families.
The Jordan River Village Board includes leaders of the region's business, political, medical, social and entertainment worlds and professionals familiar with camping. Founders (contributors of $ 1,000,000 or more) become lifetime Board members.