The Eden Residential Home for Girls was founded in 2005 and serves as a therapeutic framework for at-risk teenage girls, aged 12-18, who have been referred by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services' Child Support Services. At present there are some 50 traumatized girls living in 'Eden' who have been removed from their homes by court order. Deeply traumatized due to the neglect and abuse they have suffered, their existing patterns of behavior are often dysfunctional, destructive and can be self-harming. The girls arrive in a state of confusion and emotional imbalance and can experience difficulty in performing daily and routine tasks, for instance getting up, going to school and showering. Yet each of the girls has the potential for building a healthy and positive life for herself.
Located in the heart of Kibbutz Carmia, approximately 5 miles south of the city of Ashkelon, “Eden” enables the girls to reap the benefits of a peaceful, rural environment and a small, warm and caring community, despite the fact that it is located on the border with the Gaza Strip and is regularly under fire from mortar bombs.