The phrase conjures up images of the shining sun, beaches, ice cream, family trips, laughter and smiling faces...
There's a stark difference though, between those happy images and reality for thousands of impoverished families in Israel, for whom summertime is no vacation. Outings and fun treats simply don't exist. Summertime is just weeks and weeks of discomfort, worry and stress-
Worry over the most minimal daily expenses, like how to find grocery money to healthfully feed a houseful of children who won't be enrolled in summer programs
Stress from the resulting vicious cycle-kids at home mean mom can't go to work, which means no desperately needed income.
Worry over how to reduce the family's suffering from the intense, stifling Israeli heat if there's no air conditioning in the home.
Stress from the unpayable, soaring electric bill, if there is.
Additional tension stems from the lack of structure during the summer. Without the safe framework of school, kids are at greater risk of hanging out on the street and getting into trouble. Needy children are also at risk of the "summer slide"- falling behind in reading and math skills, a widespread phenomenon prevalent in impoverished homes.
Summer in poverty is a season of standstill, malnutrition and risk-which make it a season of instability and crisis. At Yad Eliezer we are working to combat this through our Summer Relief Campaign. You can help, too. Your donations to this program are crucial-they will help keep children fed and homes functional during the long summer break, giving families that are in desperate need, a bit of a break, too.
For over 20 years, we have been catering simple but elegant weddings for couples who otherwise could not afford it. To date Yad Eliezer has helped over 13,000 couples celebrate their special day with dignity.
While we celebrate the Holidays, IDF soldiers defend us on the front lines. Some of them live in poverty and cannot afford proper holiday meals. Let’s not forget them. Let's give them a taste of the holidays!