Sderot lies one kilometer from the Gaza Strip and town of Beit Hanoun. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in October 2000, the city has been under constant rocket fire from Qassam rockets launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Despite the imperfect aim of these homemade projectiles, they have caused deaths and injuries, as well as significant damage to homes and property, psychological distress and emigration from the city. The Israeli government has installed a “Red Color” (צבע אדום) alarm system to warn citizens of impending rocket attacks, although its effectiveness has been questioned. Citizens only have 7–15 seconds to reach shelter after the sounding of the alarm. 15,862 Qassam rockets have been launched since 2001. 861 this year alone.
Lets build them some bomb shelters.
Building those shelters is the work of Operation Lifeshield, a unique organization dedicated to providing air raid shelters for Israeli citizens.Operation Lifeshield is the only nonprofit group working on building bomb shelters for every city in Israel.
“The shelters, which are placed at hot spots like bus stations, have saved many lives since the nonprofit was founded in 2007,” Rabbi Bowman said. “However, the shelters are expensive. A fifteen-person shelter is $20,000, and a fifty-person shelter costs $40,000.”
The group also works with the Israel Defense Force Home Front Command to determine priority locations for the shelters.
Determining those priorities is a difficult decision-making process for Operation Lifeshield, according to its executive director. “The organization is constantly overwhelmed by requests from municipalities asking for shelter,” he said.
Wherever the shelters are placed, Israeli citizens gain a sense of security and can feel safe going about their daily lives. The shelters’ proximity to schools and playgrounds can also help relieve the anxiety suffered by thousands of Israeli children, he said, along with the medical problems associated with childhood stress, such as mature bed-wetting and hair loss.
It doesnt matter if your Jewish, Christian or an even an atheist,how about just a human being, Lets provide some peace of mind for some parents and a safe place for children when they are forced to run for their very lives..
The goal is a fifteen-person shelter for 20,000,but the more we can raise the more we will provide..