Family Vacation

The summer vacation brings with it several challenges to families with blind and visually impaired children. Planning a suitable vacation is one of these challenges. ELIYA is aware of the need for a relaxing and unifying vacation and therefore organizes and funds a four-day family retreat every year. 15 families of blind and visually impaired children ages four to fifteen participate in this unique initiative.

While children without visual impairment can absorb various natural phenomena such as trees, streams and deserts through their sense of sight, blind children need a different sensual experience that is based on touch, hearing and body contact. The ELIYA team plans the trip together with nature hike experts and includes a variety of exciting outdoor activities to provide an enjoyable and fun vacation for the entire family.

Each blind or visually impaired child has an accompanying volunteer who assists him throughout the entire vacation. As a result, the parents are free to spend quality time with all their children. The parents as well as the children look forward to spending time with other families who are dealing with similar challenges and experiences thus creating opportunities for mutual support and encouragement.

The ELIYA yearly retreat has earned an excellent reputation throughout the years, and many families return to participate year after year.

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