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Sadly, many families in Israel suffer from financial distress that prevents them from living in dignity and causes them to face unbearable challenges. Many families have no money left for their sustenance after paying rent. They suffer from lack of food, toiletries, clothing, and often furniture and appliances. Many of our recipients are elderly, and some are single parents of young children and find it difficult to provide their basic needs.

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Shachar* from Haifa was injured in a deadly terror attack in March 2003, in which 17 children and soldiers died. He is recognized as 65 percent permenantly handicapped, having been injured all over his body. Shachar was one of the terror victims who received financial aid for Passover. Recently we received a thank-you letter from him:

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For most kids, school holidays are a fun time that they can spend with their families. But for children at risk, who have been removed from their homes, the holidays are especially hard. This year, during the Passover holiday, Vision for Israel partnered with another organization that cares for children at risk. This organization operates after school clubs that provide children with the tools they need to grow and develop, as well as fun activities during the holidays.

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There are about 215,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. Many of them suffer from loneliness, financial distress, and health problems. At Vision for Israel we made it our goal to support and help the Holocaust survivors in Israel, to relieve them and make it possible for them to live the rest of their lives with dignity.

 

Vision for Israel has different projects that are carried out throughout the year:

 

Cafe Europa Social Club

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Many terror victims suffer from financial difficulties due to the physical and emotional trauma they went through. Many have lost family members who have been cut out of their lives in one cruel moment.

Passover is one of the most festive holidays of the year, a time to spend with family, but for the victims of terror it can be one of the hardest times of the year, when they feel the loss and pain in full force.

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Passover is one of the most important holidays in Israel. The Seder night and the following week are a special time for gathering with family and loved ones. But with this joyous holiday come big expenses. Unfortunately, many families in Israel living in poverty are not able to purchase the necessary food items for the holiday. Each year, a team from VFI distributes financial aid to make it possible for these families to purchase food and rejoice in the holiday.

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One of the greatest commandments of Purim is to rejoice and be glad!  Vision for Israel, which often supports victims of terror, is dedicated to fulfilling this mitzvah. For Purim, Vision for Israel sponsored a joyful evening full of laughter and fun to give terror victims a break from their daily hardships. The celebration was done in cooperation with another organization, and the attendants were offered special bus rides from all over the country. Hundreds of people came dressed in costumes and enjoyed a nice meal, a costume competition, and a raffle with prizes.

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Recently we visited a sweet family of new immigrants from Ethiopia. The mother, Miriam*, welcomed us into her home. She is a beautiful and intelligent woman with a big smile, who shared with us her family's difficulties.

The family of four lives in a small storage room that was converted into a living quarter. There is one small bedroom, where the parents and children sleep in one bed, along with a living room and a tiny kitchen. The apartment is lacking basic electrical appliances, as well as furniture such as closets, a dining table, and chairs.

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Barry Segal recently met with the organization that oversees the Holocaust survivors and Holocaust refugees in Israel. He was amazed to find out there are still over 200,000 survivors alive in Israel! Of that number, at least 50,000 are living in poverty, and they all mostly have pressing needs. One of these great needs is a special alarm button to be installed in the survivors' apartments that can alert the fire department, first responders, and police in case of an emergency. We at VFI are looking in to seeing how we can help.

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This Purim, Vision for Israel contributed costumes to several places throughout Israel, primarily children's villages who care for children at-risk. Two of these places are Megadim and Neradim.

 

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