Computer for Yael
Yael’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. At the age of seven, Yael moved to Israel from South America, along with her parents and six siblings. After two years in Israel, her father returned to South America, leaving Yael’s mother to raise seven children on her own.
Due to severe financial hardships, Yael and her younger siblings were removed from their mother’s care. Since then, Yael has had minimal contact with her mother. After a number of attempts at finding the right environment for her, Yael ended up at a dormitory school in the center of the country. She felt at home there and began to flourish. She eventually graduated high school with a certificate of excellence.
After completing high school, Yael began her National Service. Unfortunately, she was unhappy in her position, where she felt her skills were highly under-utilized. She left her service and fell into a despondent state. She felt lonely and unfulfilled.
Luckily, Yael was soon accepted into a non-profit program that encourages young people from troubled backgrounds to build independent lives. She was given housing with other young women from the program and began putting all her efforts into advancing herself academically, financially, professionally and socially.
Last year, Yael began studying bookkeeping. She is a dedicated and serious student and is determined to succeed. Unfortunately, she desperately needs a computer in order to complete her coursework and, at the moment, she cannot afford one. It would be heartbreaking to see this motivated and charming young woman bury her dreams.