This year mark’s Israel’s 70th year of independence. To mark this exciting milestone, Haaretz Labels is highlighting the country’s greatest non-profit benefactors from the poverty and child welfare category. These angel benefactors work around the clock to help those of lesser means - men, women and children, so that no child goes hungry, no person is forced to live on the streets and the cycle of poverty is broken, once and for all. They also provide a nurturing haven for children with special needs - and their families.
As Giving Tuesday rapidly approaches, help these inspirational organizations continue with their dedicated, selfless work. Contribute to a poverty or child welfare charity and enable the next generation of productive, dedicated lovers of Zion thrive in mainstream Israeli society. Choose the poverty or child welfare charity you feel most connected to and provide desperately needed funding to wonderful organizations that champion welfare rights and give hope to generations of Israeli citizens, while earning no profit of their own.
As of 2018, there are over 1.8 million Israelis living below the poverty line, out of which, nearly 850,000 are children. Seeking to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Israel, Pitchon-Lev, a non-profit organization founded in 1998l, has established immediate and far-reaching campaigns to fight poverty, head on. The organization helps over 160,000 people in Israel each year, providing those in need with food & humanitarian aid, championing educational and empowerment programs and promoting poverty law advancement. It is their vision that the Israeli public be equipped with the tools they need to get back on their feet, develop and thrive as successful contributors to society.
Pitchon-Lev is Israel’s largest humanitarian organization. Their team of therapeutic volunteers work directly with those in need - children and adults; not through intermediary organizations. They establish personal and direct contact and relationships with their beneficiaries, enabling them to uniquely understand their clientele’s exact needs, and modify their services and support accordingly. You too can help break the cycle of poverty. A donation of $50 USD helps feed a family of three for two weeks. Open your heart and open the doors to a promising future for Israel’s next generation.
Seeking to promote a better, more just society, Latet (lit. “To Give”), provides a wide variety of welfare services to needy populations across Israel. Currently the country’s largest NGO combating poverty and food insecurity, Latet operates the leading national food bank and runs impactful aid programs throughout the year, thanks to the help and dedication of thousands of volunteers. In this way, Latet is mobilizing Israeli civil society towards assuming responsibility for one another, and driving change with respect to the nation’s priorities.
93% of the organization’s budget is based primarily on donations from the Israeli public, with some two million Israelis having donated food and commodities.The donated goods are later distributed by Latet’s 16,000 volunteers, who also serve as facilitators in the organization’s other programs, “Aid for Life” - holistic and comprehensive support for impoverished holocaust survivors, “Latet Youth” - a youth group that instills values of volunteering and entrepreneurship within its members, food rescue missions and awareness raising & advocacy projects. 296,949 people have already stepped up to give with Latet, via volunteering or by making a charitable donation. Contact Latet and see how you can help end poverty and hunger in Israel.
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is changing the way the world understands, cares for and embraces disability. Dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion, Shalva provides an all-encompassing range of services for 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families, treating individuals from infancy through adulthood. Over 313,00 hours of therapy are provided each year, in addition to early intervention, inclusive education, rehabilitative recreation, vocational training and many other programs.
Shalva’s programs are non-denominational and provided free of charge, serving as a respite for families with one or more persons with special needs. This ensures equal opportunity for a more promising future, regardless of religious, social or economic background. Shalva is one of only six non-profit organisations to receive Midot’s Seal of Outstanding Effectiveness and the only one to do so in the field of disability. The organization’s revolutionary programs have also received much acclaim and recognition from Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health. The brand-new Shalva National Center, located in the heart of Jerusalem, serves as Israel’s beacon of inclusion and an exemplar of innovative special needs programs and research.
Krembo Wings is a unique youth movement driving social change among Israel’s next generation. The only inclusive youth movement in Israel, Krembo Wings brings together kids with and without disabilities for life-changing social activities. With over 64 branches across the country, and many more branches in the process of being built, Krembo Wings is the home away from home for over 1,500 children and youth with special needs, aged 7-22, and more than 3,600 mainstream children and youth aged 12-18 and counselors. That makes over 6,000 active members, and 3,000 pending members, still on the waiting list to become part of the social revolution. All participants consider themselves members of the youth movement; nobody views their activities as volunteer work.
Krembo Wings holds social, informal education activities, once a week, during the afternoon. Programs raise awareness towards the special needs population - their desires, needs and capabilities, and allow special needs members to actively participate and enjoy social and emotional support. All activities are fully accessible to members with a wide variety of disabilities. Membership fees are symbolic. Join Krembo Wings on its mission to create a wonderful world of inclusion, friendship, enjoyment and social activism.
Inspired to contribute to the prosperity and wellness of Israel’s next generation? Donate now and make Giving Tuesday a day of promise and inclusion.