At the end of every year, we are given an insight into the cycle one of the most disturbing areas throughout Israel: poverty. This year, the National Council for the Child delivered the new report. You may not have guessed but there are countless politicians who have suggested that poverty is a greater national threat to Israel than anything else. Yes, poverty.

If you’ve been following the poverty trends in Israel, you will have noticed that the percentages unfortunately increase year over year. In 2014, the number of Israeli children living under the poverty line was roughly 30%. This has now increased to 33% in 2016.

The Israeli government has come out and said that they are working on resolving this issue. “Our job – now – is to act; to do more for the future of our children. To allocate more resources in [the form of] funds and manpower to care for those who comprise more than a third of the State of Israel’s population,” said President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. However, with an issue like this, it is not only not just their responsibility, but the issue is so large that everyone can make an impact by simply acting, even with small gestures.

Just to give you a clearer picture of the situation: Jerusalem and the North of the country experienced 53% and 37% child poverty rates (respectively). In Tel Aviv, it was “only” 19%. The ideal would obviously be 0%, but we don’t need to focus on this lofty goal as a one-year solution. If everyone were to contribute just a small amount, this number could easily be cut in half.

This is where Yad Ezra V’Shulamit comes in. As we are located in Jerusalem, we have the toughest Israeli district with regards to poverty (53%). By donating a small amount, you can directly contribute to significantly decreasing the poverty rates, not only here in Jerusalem but throughout the country.

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