Meir Panim - Strengthening Israel
Israel is a beautiful country situated on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. The population of Israel, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, was estimated in 2014 to be 8,146,300 people. Israel boasts some very fun and interesting facts such as having the highest concentration of high-tech startups in the world apart from the Silicon Valley and being the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
While Israel has many wonderful attributes that make it an amazing country, there are still aspects that adversely affect the people of Israel. For example, poverty has been on the rise and has been affecting many Israelis. According to the most recent statistics made available by Israel’s National Insurance Institute, 1,658,200 people are currently living below the poverty line. Of this number, 756,900 are children who are unable to provide for themselves and must rely on others for their nutrition. Fortunately, there are also many non-profit organizations dedicated to alleviating the growing poverty problem.
Meir Panim is one such non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing both immediate and long-term relief to the impoverished population of Israel. Israel is in a state of ongoing and increasing poverty, with 21% of its population currently suffering from economic hardships. These numbers are only going to keep growing unless there are realistic and long lasting solutions provided to the people of the country.
Meir Panim understands that children are often the victims of poverty due to circumstances beyond their control. Sadly, these children are forced to go to school, go to bed, and wake up with empty stomachs day in and day out. However, Meir Panim has designed a long lasting solution to this problem through its various programs geared to the health and safety of disadvantaged children.
Meals for Children is a program that provides much-needed nourishment to children at lunch time so that they may perform better in school, and better comprehend the lessons they are being taught. After School Youth Clubs for children is another way Meir Panim helps. This program is designed to help children who are often left alone for long periods of time because their parents have no choice but to work long hours to try to provide what little they can for their family.