LOTEM, a non-profit organization, was established in 1993 by Amos Ziv following a moving encounter with a group of visually impaired teenagers hiking in the Israeli countryside. Amos realized that in order to provide these special-needs hikers with the maximum benefit of activities in a rural environment, suitable guidance and more defined trails were essential.
Today, LOTEM is the leading organization in Israel offering outings, nature clubs and creative workshops in nature to people with special needs. With centers in Jerusalem and the north of Israel, LOTEM serves more than 30,000 participants every year. LOTEM's target population includes children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, physically and intellectually challenged, emotionally disturbed, and at risk of physical and emotional abuse.