Reaping what we have sown
Because we have helped more than 10,000 youngsters over the past 30 years, it is natural that we receive feedbacks from all over the country. Last month we had a telephone call from an 19-year old boy. He said that he would begin his army service the next day, and wanted to thank us for the help we had given him in achieving academic success, as a result of which he has had been accepted into the Army intelligence division.
Two days ago I visited the Mevasseret branch of Bank Leumi. The teller gave me a wide smile and said: “Don’t you remember me? I was one of the girls at the Gilo Comprehensive school who you helped. Because of that I was able to get this position.”
A week ago I encountered a 17-year old from Bet Shemesh. He comes from a family with 9 children; both parents work. We helped him with money to buy food and with extra coaching. Four years ago the entire class was due to be expelled for bad behavior. We interceded with the head teacher because we were convinced that he was good material. He has just completed 12th grade successfully, and has found work until he starts his army service.
Every erev Rosh Hashana I receive a telephone call from one of our first cases. His father was an illiterate gardener, and his mother was paralysed. He has reached a high position in high-tec as a result of the educational help we gave him. Without it he would no doubt have been condemned for life ignorant of his potential.
Every erev Shabbat for years I receive a telephone from our very first social case. He came on aliyah from Morocco without his family, who joined him later; he was terribly abused by foster parents. We were convinced that he was cut out to be a social worker, and we financed his education at a relevant institution. After his graduation he was appointed youth counselor at the Carmiel Municipality in Galilee, where, in partnership with us, he has made a success of literally hundreds of problem youth – drug addicts, attempted suicides, dropouts, petty criminals, and others who could not have succeeded in life without our joint efforts. Not only that, but many of them have taken it upon themselves to help other as they were helped. A few months ago we received a richly decorated plaque from a group of about twenty of them –. today family men with children. They expressed in lavish and even emotional terms their appreciation of what our Fund has done for them.
Perhaps the most rewarding incident was a recent telephone call; a voice at the other end said: “You probably don’t remember me; I am the mother of ——-who received educational grants from your Fund some years ago. I simply had to tell you that tomorrow she will receive her master’s degree.”
These are just a few instances of what we have achieved. Sadly we are beginning to receive applications from second and third generations all over the country, which in too many cases we have to refuse for lack of funds.