The Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation supports the renovation of the children's playground in cooperation with the Jerusalem Foundation.
The district is predominantly inhabited by impoverished Jewish immigrant families from North Africa, Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. Nearly 40 percent of the households receive social welfare and almost half of the population is under the age of 24. Poverty, juvenile delinquency, school dropouts and drug abuse characterize this district. The renovations allow the playground to be transformed into a welcoming center for children.
In May 2010, Regine Sixt - a member of the Jerusalem Foundation Germany e.V.- followed an invitation from the Jerusalem Foundation’s President Ruth Cheshin to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation in Jerusalem. A few weeks later the Honorary Consul visited the kindergarten in Kiryiat Menachem whose playground is shared by two pre-school classes and in need of renovation. Until then, about 50 children aged 5 to 6 had to play on rough sandy ground with strongly worn and partly unusable toys. Thanks to the donation of the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation the complete renovation, including extensive landscaping and planting, could be started.
During another visit to Jerusalem at the beginning of October 2010, Ms Sixt convinced herself of the progress of her project and was happy to see her young proteges again.