begins. The Center operates 6 daycare centers and 17 kindergartens that providesfor many of the developmental needs of these children and more importantly, aregular hot meal and nurturing environment.
—The Center operates a school for boys and a school forgirls. The girls school is one of our longest standing projects and is fully accredited as a public school by the Ministry of Education in Israel. Our studentpopulation is very diverse—students come from both religious and secular homeand include native Israelis as well as many new immigrants from the FSU,Ethiopia and South America.
Adult Educational Programs—
the Center offers parenting, employmentskills and financial skills workshops, among other topics as well as family counseling
Tutoring and Enrichment Activities and Summer Camps
—Programmingoperates from 6:30am – 6:30pm and provides more than 700 children with asafe environment that provides homework assistance and teaches life-skills, goodmorals, and advancement through education.
Emergency Food Baskets and Assistance for Needy Families
—TheCenter provides emergency allocation baskets for families in severe distress. Italso operates a community kitchen where people can come twice a week for hotmeals. The food distribution network reaches 80 disadvantaged families.
Family Services and Counseling
—Many of these children need extra supportand care outside of an educational environment due to the dismal situations thatthey come from. In their homes, these children have parents who are poverty-stricken, abusive, divorced, mentally disabled, sickly, neglectful, arrested, andeven drug addicted. The family intervention and counseling services is staffedmainly by volunteers and operates from 6:30pm – Midnight. It providessupportive therapies and counseling by professional psychologists and social workers.
Renovating and Purchasing Equipment
—Funds are needed for buildingplaygrounds, renovating our facilities and synagogue as well as buying everythingfrom games and books to office supplies and fuel.The above programs represent only a part of our many endeavors. We are seekingurgent funding to help those who come from socioeconomically deprived families in theperipheral town of Kiryat Gat and surround areas. Due to lack of finances,underprivileged children and youth are denied the potential for significant change andempowerment in their lives. We believe that through our programs the residents of Kiryat Gat will enable them to break free from the vicious cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves and