Yad Ezra v’Shulamit learns of heartbreaking stories on an almost daily basis. Our supporters might not have the slightest clue to the dire straits of some everyday Israelis. So, we are presenting a few case histories which illustrate the overall problem:
Cow’s Milk for an Infant?
The manager of the food distribution in Tiveria informed us of a mother who came to him with her baby. Until that time, she had fed the infant regular cow’s milk because she could not afford baby formula. “What can I do?” she cried. “Materna baby formula costs more than 50 shekels a box and only lasts a week. A bag of milk costs 5 shekels. I just can’t afford the baby formula.”
We learned that when the baby was a newborn, it was very hard on mother and child. She cried a lot “but it is a little better now,” the mother says.
Yad Ezra V’Shulamit now provides four boxes of baby formula per month for the baby.
Crayons Fell from Her Hands
A kindergarten teacher noticed that 5-year-old Tali had trouble holding a crayon. Her motor skills didn’t match with what is expected for that age, but the child hadn’t been formally diagnosed as “Special Needs” yet. Not defined as ‘special’ meant that although she needed help with her fine motor skills, Tali’s parents would have had to pay privately to receive rehabilitation help. They couldn’t afford that necessity.
Tali’s teacher turned to Yad Ezra V’Shulamit for a solution.
“I wouldn’t be able to afford privately paid therapies,” Tali’s mother explained to us. “When I went to apply for special needs therapy, the waiting time for help at the Kupat Cholim healthcare office was over six months long. Without the necessary interventions, Tali wouldn’t receive necessary help on time. She’d be forced to start first grade behind everyone else her age.”
Tali now receives occupational and emotional therapy to help her to catch up to her normal peers. Yad Ezra v’Shulamit is helping Tali so that she will be able to be a normal first grader with a bright future. “Lack of finances is no reason a child should start life behind everyone else, but that is what would have happened if Yad Ezra V’Shulamit hadn’t helped Tali,” says her mother.
Take a Bit out of Poverty – Feed a Family for Pesach!
“You need more than matza to celebrate the Passover holiday,” says Aryeh Lurie, founder of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit. “Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s baskets overflow with chicken, grape juice, vegetables, oil, and of course matza. Smaller families receive a basket worth about $100 and bigger families receive a basket worth $150. We also provide thousands of families with food vouchers for $50 at major food suppliers.”
“The request for help before Pesach is unbelievable,” Lurie adds. “Working families with two incomes need help to make it through the holiday. I hate to tell people that we can’t help them with food which I know they need. We are turning to you, our sisters and brothers all over the world, to help the poor and the working poor in Israel to celebrate Passover with all the food necessary for a proper Seder. Last year we gave over 25,000 food baskets and this year we expect an increase in food basket requests. Together, we can make sure that everyone has food for Passover. If everyone donates a little, we can help everyone.”
Poverty that Perplexes the Best of Us
“People don’t realize what poverty means. The best of mothers will make terrible nutritional mistakes to save money. How many children in Israel live on pasta and ketchup every day?” asks Aryeh Lurie, founder of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit. “We strive to provide basic food supplies to as many families as possible to make sure that every child in Israel grows up healthy, happy and with a full tummy.”
Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is working hard to end and to prevent financial misery.