Charities & Schools

British Friends of Shalva


Shalva’s founders, Kalman and Malki Samuels were no strangers to raising a chid with disabilities, having raised one on their own. Their parenting experience inspired them to help other families facing similar challenges.


Their personal attention to the needs of each child and family has enabled Shalva to grow from just a few families in the first year to more than 2,000 families in 25 years. Moreover, their frustrations strengthened them to become advocates for inclusion and meaningful integration, recognized the world-over for their selfless determination to make the world more accepting of the special needs populations.

Challenging Stereotypes

Shalva enjoys broad-based support from Israeli sports and entertainment industries and international political figures and has been a stopping point for visitors from abroad who look to Shalva as a model for challenging stereotypes about children with special needs. It’s no wonder, then, that the Israeli government has singled out Shalva to lead Israel’s initiative for social change through its flagship NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CENTER, home for Shalva’s current and developing family programs, a resource for professionals and the HUB for Shalva’s special needs advocacy in the heart of Jerusalem.


To find out more go to www.shalva.org