IAJF Provides Meals to Needy Children
Two in five children in Israel suffer from hunger. The latest report
on poverty statistics reveals that there are over 800,000 children in
Israel living below the poverty line. Children who are hungry have
great difficulty concentrating on their schoolwork and as a result
their academic performance suffers. A well-fed child is happier and
more alert than a child fighting of hunger pains. Undernourished, a
child cannot be expected to live up to his potential.
The Meals for Children program distributes hot nourishing lunches to poverty-stricken children. Since the
program was launched, children receiving Meir Panim's hot meals have seen a remarkable improvement in
their academic and overall performance.
IAJF has sponsored daily distribution of hot nutritious meals to children enrolled in Meir Panim's afterschool
youth clubs. For many of these children this meal is their only hot meal of the day. Thanks to IAJF's
support, Meir Panim is able to provide approximately 4,000 meals for needy children, offering them
nourishment and hope on a daily basis.
IAJF Improves Housing for Elderly Immigrants and Holocaust Survivors
Amigour, a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, provides quality housing to thousands of new
immigrants, single parent families and the elderly in Israel. Over 7,500 elderly, live in 57 Amigour shelteredliving
homes that offer social and cultural services. Amigour also manages 13,000 subsidized units that
are home to 40,000 Israelis. Amigour's residents are Holocaust survivors, native Israelis and immigrants
from Ethiopia, South Africa, Europe, and other areas. Today, there are 650,000 Israelis over the age of 65.
Approximately 30,000 senior citizens, mostly living at or below poverty have no suitable housing.
IAJF recent contribution enabled 575 elderly to benefit from a wide and rich range of social and cultural
activities in five new housing facilities. These facilities were absorption centers which were converted
recently as an emergency solution to Israel's growing epidemic of homeless and disadvantaged elderly.
IAJF's support helps Amigour to provide immediate housing solutions to many elderly who have no
viable housing options. Residents enjoy independent living in their own apartment within a tight-knit
community. Each facility has a professional staff including a social worker, house mother, social coordinator
and director. Comprehensive security arrangements protect the elderly population with public address
systems, emergency call buttons, smoke detectors, sprinkles and emergency shelters. In addition to meeting
the physical needs of this special population, Amigour provides a wide variety of social and cultural services
that enhance the quality of life of its residents.