Why is Emunah running a crowdfunding appeal?
The Welfare Ministry have recently changed all the rules and regulations regarding health and safety and as a result have condemned the existing kitchen the Neve Landy Residential Centre caring for 75 boys who are unable to remain in their homes. The new kitchen will provide specific areas for storing, preparing and cooking. The cost of this major project is £311,000!
According to the Consumer Price Index the cost of living rose by 9.1% in May set to be increased further month of month. In the last year alone the increase in food prices is over a staggering 57.2%! With a society where there is a 21.2% of people living in poverty which is 29.6% of the population – 1-3 children there is hope to make sure that no child or family in our care should have to live without the very basic necessity – food.
Two of the high schools that British Emunah supports have students predominantly from extremely low socio economic backgrounds. Now with the cost of living increasing month by month they are seeing even more students than ever coming into school hungry. They ask their teachers for food as they have not eaten since the day before.
In British Emunah’s Sarah Herzog Residential Centre in Afula we care for almost 100 children on a daily basis that are just one step away from being taken into full time care. They are picked up from their schools, brought to the centre and given a hot lunch followed by assistance with homework, activities and where needed therapy before showering, given a light supper and taken home. The government unfortunately does not provide funding for the additional food that is needed for these children. British Emunah’s Food Fund provides this funding for this basic necessity.
British Emunah is committed to sending £100,000 a year to ensure that each child that needs it is given a hot meal a day with extra provided for them to take home to their families
Our third aim to provide additional therapy for the children in our care. The government/local councils will only provide one session a week. Emunah’s knows this is not enough so we are to there to ensure that every child in our care receives the amount of therapy they deserve and need.
Can you tell us a little about Emunah and its goals?
Emunah’s aim is to create a better everyday life and future of Israel’s most vulnerable and at-risk children and families.
We do this by creating a safe and loving environment, which provides these highly vulnerable children and families with the tools to break the cycle of neglect, abuse and violence they may have experienced through no fault of their own.
Our goal is that every child Emunah helps is able to realise their full potential and become well balanced, independent contributing members of society.