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In the children's village Kfar Ada in the north of Israel live 80 children, some orphans, who have been removed from their homes after being neglected and suffering violence and rejection. The children arrive at the village broken, carrying extremely traumatic experiences, and the staff is doing everything they can to give them a loving and supportive environment to fulfil their needs.

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Every week we hear heart-wrenching stories about children and families who are going through unimaginable pain. One of them is Asher*. Asher is the son of parents who were not able to take care of him. His father is addicted to drugs, and his mom is not functioning well and cannot raise him. Asher and his brother were removed from their home, and two years ago Asher arrived at a special children's home in Jerusalem, where he lives with six other children and adoptive parents.

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When a boy reaches Bar Mitzvah age, it is a very exciting time that most families like to celebrate with appropriate dignity. However, many families in Israel suffer from harsh financial situations and cannot fund a Bar Mitzvah celebration for their sons.

Vision for Israel has joined forces with the Ashkelon social services in an annual Bar Mitzvah celebration project they hold for boys who come from low-income families. The project provides a powerful experience for the boys and creates sweet memories they carry for many years.

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Hamifal Organization has been one of our longest standing relationships in the history of VFI. The organization educates children who come from difficult family backgrounds and face academic, emotional, and social problems. Vision for Israel donated scholarships to 22 of the students. These students demonstrated excellence in academic and social achievements as well as contributing to the community. The children received the scholarships during a fun day at a water park that is held annually.

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Most of the students at Amit High School in Jerusalem come from complicated socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of them suffer from a lack of food at home, and they arrive at school hungry, without having eaten breakfast. The hunger bothers them until lunchtime, which affects their studying. We recognize the importance of healthy nutrition for students and therefore started donating food supplies to the school so they can provide the students with breakfast.

Recently, we received a thank-you letter from the school's principal, saying:

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Over the last year, we have been developing a relationship with Operation Good Neighbour. The operation is meant to provide aid to the Syrian population who has been suffering greatly due to the long and hard war in their country. As part of this project, essential food and supplies are being passed to the Syrian citizens over the border. Medical aid is also given to the injured in clinics that have been set up especially for this purpose.

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Vision for Israel has been giving much support to Arazim, a special-needs school attended by children with mental, emotional, and behavioural problems.  Many of these children come from low socio-economic backgrounds, and the situations in their homes are often so bad that they arrive at school without having had anything to eat.

It is important for us to ensure that these children don’t go hungry and are able to study and advance through both their studies and their personal challenges.

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One of the closest things to our hearts is helping new immigrants in Israel acclimate to life in the Land.  We work with absorption centres throughout the country to provide necessities to new immigrants.

Recently we had the opportunity to help the Ibim Absorption Centre, located by Sderot in the south.  About six months ago, 202 new immigrants from Ethiopia arrived at the centre.  The immigrants arrived with next to nothing and they are suffering from extreme poverty.  The State of Israel provides some benefits to them, but not enough to meet all their needs.

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Recently, Vision for Israel started cooperating on different projects with Eitan school in Ma’aleh Adumim. 

Many of the students who attend Eitan come from low socio-economic backgrounds, and about 25% are new immigrants who are dealing with social, lingual and financial difficulties. 

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In Arazim School in Jerusalem, the students have been excluded from regular school frameworks due to behavioral and emotional problems.  Arazim provides therapeutic support to help students with their emotional, social and academic needs.  It is not uncommon for these children to have outbursts of wrath and a low frustration-threshold.  Art therapy is therefore an important part of the school’s treatment plans, including pottery classes.

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