Sponsor a child in Israel
Despite relatively high living standards, many children growing up in Israel remain vulnerable. Tensions arising from the Arab-Israeli conflict continue to afflict communities, with children suffering the most. A quarter of all children grow up in poor households, mostly from Arab or Haredi Jewish backgrounds. SOS Children has been helping since 1977.
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Poverty despite a strong economy
Israel's service-based economy is strong, and has remained robust in recent years despite a slight dip in 2008-9. Sadly, inequality is common. A widening wealth gap means that a quarter of households live in poverty by national standards. The Arab population suffers from much higher infant mortality and a lower life expectancy, with 7,500 citizens living with HIV/AIDS.
A vulnerable childhood
As so often is the case, children are a particularly vulnerable group. Israel has one of the highest rates of child poverty amongst OECD countries - that is, countries whose economies are considered highly developed. Children are often disadvantaged by their background - especially hard-hit groups include Arabs and Haredi Jews. After completing secondary school, most children are conscripted to serve in the armed forces.
Our Work in Israel
SOS Children began work in Israel in 1977. We opened our first Children's Village on the outskirts of the southern city of Arad in 1981. A second Village opened two decades later in 1997, this time in the Migdal HaEmek, not far from the biblical city of Nazareth. To begin with, we offered support to children who had lost their parents and could no longer live with their own parents, but since then, SOS Children has adapted and now provides help to vulnerable families in the community.
Located on the southern edge of Arad, our first Children's Village in Neradim opened in 1981. SOS Children has greatly expanded its reach since 1981. Our social centre opened in 2008 to act primarily as a transit home providing short-term care for at-risk children aged 6-12. A second social centre provides family support to Bedouins, Sudanese refugees and Jews alike.
Migdal Haemek, Nazareth
Lying just south of Nazareth, our Children's Village in Migdal Haemek, Nazareth opened in 1997. The official opening ceremony was carried out by the then state President Ezer Weizmann. Two social centres provide family support and daycare for local children.
Life in SOS Children Israel
Before Max left SOS Children’s Village Neradim to go and begin his adult life, he gave a talk to the children and mothers about his time at the Village:
“Due to circumstances at home, I arrived at the village 15 years ago, when I was only 3 ½ years old, together with my three older sisters. I can say that my personality was developed at the SOS Children's Village. This was due to the care and love of the SOS mothers and where I learnt the difference between right and wrong. They strengthened my ambitions to succeed in life and to find the meaning of life; to find myself a new way instead of leaning on the past.
Since I was a young child I understood that the village is the only place in which I can feel safe and free, feelings which I did not experience in my own home. I would like to thank my village family who brought me to where and what I am today, and to my three sisters who always worried about me and gave as much as they could and never turned their back to me."
Israeli Society for SOS Children's Villages
8 HaLapid Street
Petach Tikvah 49258
7411 Kiryat Matalon
Tel: +972/3/613 2438
Fax: +972/3/575 4931