Data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday revealed that 40 percent of children in Israel are at risk of poverty.
By comparison, 20 percent of children in the European Union are at risk of poverty.
Prof. Asher Ben-Arieh of the Hebrew University told The Jerusalem Post that the discrepancy between Israel and Europe is the most difficult part of the report, given that Israel is an advanced, industrialized nation.
The impact of the situation on children is severe.
“What this means is that the parents need to think twice before sending their child to extracurricular activities and they have to think twice before buying their child some expensive medicine,” explained Ben-Arieh. “The child ultimately becomes a less enriched, less healthy child.”
While the professor insisted that dealing with poverty is the problem of the government alone, we at Israel Today have joined with numerous other charitable organizations to do what we can to at least bring a smile to some children’s faces.
Over the past few years, Israel Today, with the generous help of our readership, has provided family counseling, after-school activities, school supplies and even food for the most needy of Israeli children.