Operation Yonatan: A Personal Story of a Social Business (Yediot Aharonot)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in News |  

Danny Kogan established the project “Ecology for the Sheltered Community” (Ecommunity) for personal reasons.

As a result of the birth of his youngest son Jonathan, who was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, Danny set up an electronic waste recycling plant, which employs people with special needs. What started as one man in a jeep collecting used electronic equipment, has, over the years, become a successful social business employing dozens of people with special needs.

223720-tb-IMG_8617“Until the birth of Yonatan, I, like most Israelis, lacked any real awareness regarding the special needs population in Israel. When I began to come to terms with Jonathan’s limitations, I also realized that I wanted to not only be close to him, but also close to people like him. As I began to inform myself, my concern for his future grew. The constant anxiety and fear of parents with special needs children is how they will cope without us around. I visited a sheltered workshop run by a friend of mine. I saw people counting dowels. I saw their frustration. I understood that I had to find an alternative employment solution.”

Ecommunity joined IVN’s Social Venture Program in 2012. As part of this partnership, IVN hope to help Ecommunity become the largest special needs employment center in Israel.

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