You know, we don’t think about this much. I think for too many people, orphans and orphanages are plot material for Broadway shows, TV or 19th century literature.
How often do we actually give deeper thought to what it means to be an orphaned child?
Who cooks their hot meals? Who supplies them with clothes, toys, education? Who’s there to explain to an orphaned preteen girl what she’s about to go through? Who teaches an orphaned boy to know goodness and compassion? By whom do they know they’re loved? Where will they turn when they turn eighteen?
Thanks to Kelli, a reader who emailed me to ask if I knew of orphanages in Israel; she’s an Atlanta resident who wants to help out in some way. The days after she wrote me, I couldn’t stop thinking about it – firstly, how amazing her drive is. Secondly, how much we never really think about orphans at all.
I compiled a quick list based on a Google search. Please share more details/options in the comments and I’ll gladly add them.
The physical and emotional adjustment required of our girls in being moved to the Children’s Home on what is usually a sudden and unexpected transition, in addition to having to deal with whatever traumatic circumstances they were removed from, is a daunting task for the staff at the Children’s Home and they take their roles as new caretakers seriously. Lev LaLev partners with the Children’s Home by providing financial support for the many programs and services needed to help these girls grow past their often tragic circumstances and become well adjusted children and later, self sufficient and productive citizens.
Rabbi Blumenthal pioneered the practice in modern Israel of providing an institution in the form of a home with the warmth and care of a loving family. As their “father”, he provided for all their needs including teaching them a profession. During those initial years it was farming, today their potential future means of support are mostly technology-based fields.
General Israel Orphans Home for Girls (Jerusalem)
GIOH is a loving home for children of all ages who have been orphaned or abandoned. Many of our children come from dysfunctional homes where they have been neglected and abused. Some were at-risk children who are now thriving in the warm, caring and loving atmosphere at GIOH.
Yad Eliezer began in 1980 in the kitchen of the Weisel family of Jerusalem. They prepared a food basket for a neighbor who could not feed her children, and were soon delivering monthly food baskets to hungry families. Yad Eliezer has now grown to encompass nineteen primary economic and social service programs that impact tens of thousands of individuals.
Thanks to Kelli for the inspiration!
Check out more Israel charity information.