Children playing at a nursery 311 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews announced this week that it
will establish summer camps in 50 different communities across the country for
children from low-income families to enjoy this summer.
which works to strengthen Israel's society through philanthropic ventures, will
be spending some NIS 16 million for the project which is expected to serve some
According to the organization, the initiative was taken
in order to provide working parents who cannot afford to enroll their children
in summer break programs with an adapted solution as well as provide
underprivileged children with a safe environment to spend their vacation
The summer camps activities will include sports, computer training,
field trips, visits to amusement parks and Israel studies among other things.
The IFCJ also aims at promoting values of community, tolerance, co-existence,
leadership through these different activities.
Each child will receive a
kit that includes items such as a T-shirt, a hat, a bag, a water bottle and
sunscreen. At the end of each camp, a graduation ceremony will be held for
participants and their families.
To launch the project, the Fellowship
has partnered with Mifalot Education and Society Enterprises, the largest
educational youth organization in the country.
A list of eligible
children is currently being formulated by the organization in consultation with
the welfare departments of each of the participating municipalities, which
include Migdal Haemek, Tiberias, Kiryat Ekron, Arad, Dimona, the arab town of
Arara, Kfar Kama, Beit Shemesh, Ashdod, Yeruham, Ramle, Netanya, Ashkelon,
Sderot, Or Akiva, Or Yehuda among others.
“We believe that every child
has the right and ability to realize their potential, regardless of their
family's economic situation or living conditions if given the opportunity,
support and resources,” President of the Fellowship, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said
in a statement.
“In offering solutions for children during the summer, we
also allow parents to provide for their family without having to worry about
their child’s safety,” he continued.
Some 10,000 children from Jewish
communities and about 3,000 children from the Arab sector are expected to
participate in the summer program, which is part of a broader initiative
conducted by the IFJC dedicated to helping tens of thousands at risk children
and youth in Israel.
Eckstein added that the organization intends to
invest some NIS 36 million every year to help tens of thousands of Israeli
children and “strengthen and improve the future of Israeli society."