Donating to WIZO’s Sponsoring a Child in Israel program is your way of making a positive impact on the life of a child in Israel.
Israel has the second highest poverty rate amongst OECD countries, ranking only behind Mexico, according to the latest report by the United Nations Agency for Children.
857,000 children live below the poverty line in Israel. That means that every day, one third of Israeli children go without adequate food, shelter, education and other basic needs we take for granted.
By supporting the Sponsor a Child in Israel program today you actively ensure a successful, strong and flourishing Israeli society for generations to come. For just $3 a day, or less than a cup of coffee, you have the power to change a child’s life in Israel.
Your Sponsor a Child in Israel donation will enable a child in a WIZO centre to survive and thrive.
These are 3 different levels of Sponsorship
SILVER SPONSORSHIP – $1000/year or 12 instalments of $85/month
RUBY SPONSORSHIP – $1800/year or 12 instalments of $150/month
EMERALD SPONSORSHIP – $5000/year or 12 instalments of $420/month
The funds raised by WIZO NSW in this campaign will be distributed at the discretion of our professionals on the ground in Israel.
Taking care of one’s mental health is as important as physical health, often with positive knock-on effects.
At the WIZO Rebecca Sieff Centre for the Family Vocational School, the students benefit from emotional and behavioural therapy, counseling and access to the Mahut (Resilience) Centre.
‘Tom’ came to the school suffering panic attacks, anxiety, and low self-esteem but with the help of WIZO he stabilized his erratic and detrimental behaviour patterns and is now free from the panic attacks and the anxiety he suffered. WIZO accepted Tom and created an environment for him to make the changes he needed. He was given tutoring tailor-made to his own personal learning and social difficulties and received the tools to succeed that will support him on a productive and healthy path in life. The staff believed in him and gave him the confidence to believe in himself.
Noa came to Ahuzat Yeladim six months ago. She is 14 years old and has endured a lifetime of abuse and neglect. She was subject to constant physical violence by her father who terrorised the family. Her mother turned to drug addiction in an attempt to escape her horrific situation. Noa was often malnourished due to the chaotic circumstances at home, and her schooling was sporadic. By the time she reached her early teens, Noa was basically living on the streets, participating in petty crime and in danger of becoming a prostitute. Through the welfare and court system, she was admitted to WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim.
When Noa was assessed by the schools expert staff of psychologists and educators, the most distressing aspect of her profiles was that she seemed totally unwilling to make any effort to participate in the program of counselling, education and activities set up for her. She was sullen, uncooperative, anti-social and often physically aggressive.
One of the most effective elements of the schools multi-disciplinary treatment regimes is the Music Therapy program. At one of Noa’s first sessions with the Music Therapist, it became apparent that Noa had a beautiful singing voice. The therapy team decided to give Noa intensive training in this area and gradually Noa began to respond. The praise and encouragement she received from her music therapist gave Noa her first positive experience with an authority figure, and she slowly began to lower her defences and to open up to the other counsellors. As her talent became more evident, Noa began to receive positive reinforcement from her peers, and her self esteem grew.
Noa is now working hard to catch up on the education she has missed out on, and has become a loving and beloved member of the WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim ‘family’. Her beautiful voice is heard to great effect at school events and even her practice sessions are a joy to those who overhear them.