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Dafna’s husband has abused her physically, emotionally, and verbally from the first day they were wed. After a year, she left him and they are in the process of a painful and slow divorce. Dafna, 37, is now trying to rehabilitate her life and raise her baby daughter as best...

Total Cost - $671
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A few years ago, Avi and Sarah had to give up their apartment because they could no longer pay the mortgage. They lost almost everything in the ensuing bankruptcy. After years of illness, Avi, 73, is completely handicapped; he has not been able to work for more than a decade....

Total Cost - $382
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Bruria, 86, is a widow with six grown children. She moved to Israel from Morocco 35 years ago. Although she worked for years, her salary was low, so she was unable to save much.Now she relies on her pension and social security funds, but these are not sufficient to cover...

Total Cost - $260
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Eliya has seven children ranging from age three to age 15. They have seen a lot of violence in their young lives, most of it from their father, directed at their mother. About a year ago, they divorced, after her repeated attempts to live safely with him failed. Most of...

Total Cost - $376
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Tikva’s social worker describes her as a “true fighter” . Tikva, who came on aliya from Ethiopia with her family in 2005, lives on her own as her mother cannot work because of cancer and her father’s factory salary is not enough to support Tikva and her two young sisters....

Total Cost - $368
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Although it will add yet another expense to their lives, Ilanit was determined to move her small family from her mother’s crowded home into their own apartment. Ilanit is a devoted mother who works three different cleaning jobs in order to support her three children. Beyond paying for food, housing,...

Total Cost - $406
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Because Liat is married, she is not eligible for certain kinds of government support. This does not reflect the actual situation, in which her husband, Meir, spends his days hanging out with lowlifes and using drugs. After years of drug abuse and periods of incarceration, he seems incapable of sustained,...

Total Cost - $729
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After suffering through an abusive marriage and a contentious divorce, Danya is raising her sons, ages seven and nine, on her own. Traumatized by the situation, the boys developed emotional issues (as did Danya) and demand a lot of her attention, making it difficult for her to work. Danya also...

Total Cost - $583
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Both Abe and Batya suffer from emotional issues that require on-going medical supervision. Nonetheless, Abe holds a full-time job in a factory and does his best to be a good father to the four children from his first marriage and the two from his second. Batya is at home with...

Total Cost - $347
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Two years ago, a fire broke out in Rosa’s apartment. Rosa was able to escape, with severely burned hands and lung damage from smoke inhalation. She was hospitalized and then in rehabilitation until very recently. Rosa saved her infant daughter, but her mother died as a result of the fire....

Total Cost - $264
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Tikva made aliya from Ethiopia with her parents as a little girl. Now an adult with seven children, Tikva studied to be a personal coach, hoping to stay out of poverty while helping her clients improve their lives. But she had to stop working with the birth of her youngest...

Total Cost - $1458
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Social workers describe both 10-year old David, and 7-year old Elena as charming children, pleasant and motivated to succeed in school. But their academic difficulties hold both children back. They struggle to read, to understand what they have read, and to do math. Testing shows that David also has ADD....

Total Cost - $438
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Although Sarah’s parents abandoned her when she was young, they re-entered her life when she was 16 and, despite her resistance, forced her to marry. Her husband was violent toward her, a problem that only got worse after the family moved to Israel from Ethiopia in 1991. At first, Sarah’s...

Total Cost - $758
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Funded - $758
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When her husband was sentenced to 12 years in jail, the burden of running the household and caring for their three children fell on Edna’s shoulders. She is doing the very best she can under difficult circumstances. The government does pay her a stipend so that the family can subsist,...

Total Cost - $376
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Funded - $376
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Although Orna has seven children, from three relationships, her mothering skills are poor, so most of them were removed from her care. However, she has a strong relationship with her youngest daughter, now 13, and one of the older boys has come to live with her as well. Orna lives...

Total Cost - $406
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Funded - $406
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Neither Pnina nor Ron is able to work. She is trying to recover from an operation after a slipped disc; he has medical problems as well. Their oldest daughter lives and works in Tel Aviv, but their other four children are at home. Their oldest son works, while the 12th,...

Total Cost - $435
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Tests have recently shown a decrease in Eitan’s hearing. He sees both an ENT and a speech therapist regularly, but he needs hearing aides. The problem is not new for the family – Eitan’s three-year old brother already has them. Caring for both boys, their four siblings, and their father...

Total Cost - $1603
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Several years ago, a street lamp fell on Doron’s back during a car accident. Since then, he has needed intensive medical care and has been unable to work.His wife, Esther, is at home with their nine children, one of whom is handicapped and needs full-time care. Esther herself suffers from...

Total Cost - $933
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Funded - $933
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Alma, 38, trained as an early education teacher. She had to stop working to deal with her painful and prolonged divorce, but now she has started again. At the moment, she is a substitute kindergarten teacher, but she is hoping to find a full-time job in the new school year....

Total Cost - $598
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Funded - $598
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Amit recently received custody of his three young children, after it was determined that their mother was endangering their lives. Amit takes care of them with empathy and love. It is clear that he always puts their needs ahead of his own. The children all suffer from emotional problems as...

Total Cost - $1094
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Hillel, 58, is suffering from a terrible illness. The rare affliction has left him with difficulties eating and with a dependence on an oxygen tank. This and difficulty climbing the stairs have made leaving the house almost impossible. In addition, his kidneys are failing from diabetes; when he does go...

Total Cost - $672
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Funded - $672
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It is clear to everyone that their four children are the light of Olga and Pavel’s life. The parents do all they can to make sure that their four children will have a good education and strong values. However, the family is in desperate financial straits. Pavel has his own...

Total Cost - $1574
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Malka has suffered from a degenerative joint disease since childhood. Now she is not only confined to a wheelchair but cannot do anything for herself. Her husband is her main caretaker, feeding her, showering her, dressing her, etc. He also is in charge of their three children, ages eight, five,...

Total Cost - $336
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Raina made aliya from Venezuela seven years ago. A translator by profession, she speaks several languages, although not much Hebrew; here she took a job as a cleaner. In order to care for her husband, Raina stopped working when he was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. The...

Total Cost - $1529
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It is clear to his parents and his teachers that Danny, 8, is struggling in school. His reading and math skills are a year behind where they should be. He gives up on tasks easily, leaves the room without permission, and bothers his classmates by yelling in their ears, making...

Total Cost - $875
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Gila, 53, has five daughters and little money. Health issues keep her from holding a job, and her disability allowance is so low that she often has trouble paying rent and other expenses. All of the girls, ages 16 – 24, live at home with her. Her oldest is herself...

Total Cost - $406
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Yulia has a borderline personality disorder and has not, in the past, managed well by herself. She and her four young children live with her mother, who helps her to raise them. The home is crowded and Yulia feels that the situation limits her ability to build a real bond...

Total Cost - $963
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Arik was shocked when, at age 58, he lost his job as facility manager of a town school because of downsizing. He negotiated to keep his job or receive another in the town, but was unsuccessful. Suddenly at home, he became depressed and angry. Arik’s wife, Dina, has never been...

Total Cost - $436
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Talia and Uriel have seven children ranging from 6 to 13, all of whom have special needs of various kinds. Both parents work as cleaners in town schools and their social worker attests that they work very hard at their jobs. Uriel was in a truck accident several years ago...

Total Cost - $725
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Zohara’s husband left her after their now three year old was born. She became pregnant again during a recent failed attempt at reconciliation, and is now raising a young son and an infant on her own. Their father pays no child support. Zohara, 41, works full time as a nursery...

Total Cost - $347
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Liora and Avi are a young couple with two small children. They have no external support (her parents do not live in Israel, while his father died of cancer and his mother has schizophrenia) as they try to make a stable life for themselves. Avi works in security but is...

Total Cost - $1020
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Avital and her husband have five children under the age of five (including eight-month old twins). He is looking for a job but, in the meantime, Avital is the family’s sole breadwinner, working as a bookkeeper for a car rental company. Avital is there full time, despite the children’s demands,...

Total Cost - $1400
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Lisa’s eyesight has been declining for years; she is now almost completely blind. In the past, she worked as a cleaner and at other temporary jobs, but these are now impossible for her. She is looking for a position that she can fill despite her vision problems. In the meantime,...

Total Cost - $992
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Ilanit, 15, is in 9th grade. She comes on time to school, is prepared, and is highly motivated to excel in her studies. A laptop – so necessary in middle school these days – would help her achieve her goals. Ilanit lives with her mother; her parents divorced when she...

Total Cost - $1021
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Itay, two, was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. He requires intensive, round-the-clock support, which has kept his mother, the family’s sole wage earner, from returning to work. His father too is often absent from his studies because of Itay’s medical needs. With two other...

Total Cost - $758
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Both Inez and her husband are retraining – he as a computer technician, she as a massage therapist – after making aliya several years ago. In the meantime, she takes care of their four children, while he tries to make a living as a cleaner, working as many hours as...

Total Cost - $790
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Vered, 50, lives with her 18-year old daughter and 14-year old son in a small apartment. She is estranged from their father, who is not in contact with them and does not pay any child support. Vered relies on a government stipend that barely covers her rent; food, school expenses,...

Total Cost - $347
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Ehud, 46, has weekend custody of his young children. To this end, he tries to make his one-room apartment welcoming for them. This is difficult because his only income is his government disability stipend (his sleepwalking was serious enough to cause his discharge from the Army; a car accident damaged...

Total Cost - $581
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When Sarah, 71, had to have her right leg amputated, she taught herself a new way to go down the stairs. She has managed her disability well, getting around by wheelchair and participating regularly in social and golden age programs. But nothing could have prepared Sarah for her newest problem...

Total Cost - $1604
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Both Zoe and Asher come from troubled families and were deemed “at risk” as youths. They married young and soon started a family. Asher has been unable to hold a job, but Zoe works as a cashier. Her salary does not cover the family’s expenses (rent, food, water and electricity,...

Total Cost - $406
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