Provide guidance, support and companionship for kids at risk
The child-parent bond is a crucial one, a connection that when positive and strong, can have long lasting, beneficial effects on the child's life. But so many Israeli kids are missing that connection. Sometimes it's because of divorce or abusive behavior in the home. Other times it's due to poverty, dysfunction or illness. Regardless of the reason, when kids are missing healthy parental involvement in their lives, the effects can be detrimental.
Aaron is one of these kids. His father Yaakov has cancer. When not going to medical appointments, he's asleep.
Yaakov simply doesn't have enough energy to spend time with his son. Aaron has no one to learn with, and he's quickly falling behind at school
Shlomo is one of these kids. His mother is raising him and his older brother alone, working two jobs so she can support them.
She's rarely home and rarely sees them. Shlomo spends a lot of his time wandering the streets, looking for something to do.
Sara is one of these kids. Her mother passed away several years ago and her father hasn't been the same since. He keeps his distance or suddenly bursts out in anger, making life at home difficult and unpleasant. Sara has become withdrawn and depressed, lacking confidence and unable to make friends.
For these kids and countless others, each with their own painful situation, there's a void-an empty spot in their lives where the lack of a parent is felt so strongly. While their peers have someone to learn with, someone to take them shopping for a new pair of shoes, or just someone to talk to about their day, these kids have no one.
Yad Eliezer's Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Israel help fill the void in the lives of over 10,000 Israeli boys and girls like these. They are there to assist with studies and learning during the school year but they will also be found hosting kids at their homes on Shabbat and holidays, filling in for missing dads at Bar Mitzvahs and providing a listening ear whenever it's needed.
It's because of your support that they can support these kids, all year long. Sponsor a Big Brother/Sister for a child at risk, and provide intervention that can transform a life.
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