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As long time readers of our blog are aware, we run a weekly success column to keep our donors informed on all areas of our operation. By now, you may be familiar with many of our success stories. Many of them happen to be about suffering children that have no steady access to food or shelter. Unfortunately, many of these cases exist all over Israel. We have a very long waiting list of people that are in desperate need. While many of you know this already, what you may not know is that our reach does not stop there.

Over the past few years, we have been investing a significant amount of resources into children who have other issues. True, hunger and housing are large and immediate problems. However, our mission is to end the cycle of poverty once and for all. We believe that education is at the forefront of this fight. We know that if we can provide a proper education to the children under our care, there is a very high likelihood that they won’t grow up in poverty. Thus, this week’s focus is on four year old Hadassah.

Hadassah arrived at our Children’s Center on September 3rd, 2014. Though she was not lacking in food and other basic necessities more than other children under our care, she displayed a number of other larger issues such as severe articulation difficulties and lacking vocabulary. Therefore, she required speech therapy (with a personal speech therapist) in a special kindergarten for children with these troubles. Unfortunately, each session treatment is costly and are they are bi-weekly.

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit funds her twice-weekly sessions. Today, after a year of therapy, Hadassah has a richer vocabulary. Though certain articulation difficulties still exist, her progress has been steady and significant improvement is extremely apparent. In fact, there is a possibility that Hadassah may be able to enter a regular kindergarten next year.

There are dozens of children like Hadassah under our care. Please help us end the cycle of poverty by investing in our children’s future.