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A report released by the National Insurance Institute roughly four months ago pointed to data that said about 22% of Israel was living in poverty in 2013 – a little more than one in five people. While the report suggested a decline year over year, there have been other surveys that noted an actual incline in poverty rates in Israel. Either way, for a first world country like Israel, even one in five people living in poverty is too much and is not sustainable for a country’s future.

Just when you thought it could not get worse though, it does. Many people flatly brush off the data or simply say that the younger generations will make up for what is currently going on. However, the unfortunate truth is that people blindly disregard the current data: almost 1.66 million people are living in poverty, of which over 755,000 are children – close to 50% of the poverty make up! Once you are in the cycle of poverty, it is difficult to get out of it. Anyone who thinks the younger generation will make up for it is likely mistaken. Moreover, with the current trend in poverty levels, the younger generation will need more assistance than ever.

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s Plan of Action

Offering hot meals is a necessity. However, what actually separates Yad Ezra V’Shulamit from the rest of the nonprofit organizations is that we not only offer daily food baskets, but we also run a children’s center which provides help with homework, offers additional tutoring and has a range of recreational activities. These extracurricular activities are the factors that will help strengthen individual self-confidence and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. If you truly want to make a difference, you can now. Donate today and help break the cycle of poverty!