Aid for life

Aid for Life was developed in order to ease the medical, physical, and emotional needs of Israel's Holocaust survivors living in poverty. Since 2007 Aid for Life has provided physical and social assistance to impoverished Holocaust survivors living in Israel. Using a holistic approach, Aid for Life works to convey a message of solidarity, respect, care, and concern for the survivors in its care. Latet believes that as members of Israeli society, we hold a mutual responsibility for the circumstances of our survivors. Through this understanding, as well as through support from our devoted volunteers, Aid for Life provides  over 1,000 Holocaust survivors with emotional support, care, and financial assistance, giving them the chance to live their lives with honor and dignity. 
 
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The Program  
Need:
According to the National Insurance Institute, there are around 189,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, and approximately 45,000 live in poverty. Moreover, approximately 40 Holocaust survivors die every day, while 2 in 5 survivors lack the means to live with dignity. While the survivor population is steadily declining, their needs grow more numerous with each passing year.  

Target Population:
Aid for Life supports individuals who are recognized by governmental authorities as Holocaust survivors, and defined as in need in accordance with welfare authorities.
 
Model and Structure:
The program provides comprehensive aid that includes:

Nutritional Security:
  • Each month survivors receive food packages delivered to their homes, with contents based on advice from leading nutritionists.
Emergency Fund:
  • This fund provides response to unforeseen and urgent needs of the survivor including various medical necessities, at no cost.
Social Support:
  • The program organizes frequent home visits, holiday parties, trips and other social activities throughout the year.
Restoration Project:
  • The program offers small home repairs and renovations to ensure the personal safety of the survivor and improve their overall quality of life.

Scope of Activity:
  • 12,000 Holocaust survivors in need (experiencing severe financial need, advanced age, isolation and/or do not receive aid from other sources) received aid so far since the inception of the program.  
  • 25 locations across Israel
  • 1,300 volunteers, 77,000 volunteer hours, worth NIS 1,635,000
  • Aid worth NIS 270,000 (dental treatment, incontinence products, glasses, etc.) as part of the emergency fund
  • 760 apartments were renovated in 25 locations as part of the restoration project 

Highlights:
Aid for Life offers various social events for its participants throughout the country including, trips, activities, community meals, performances, and celebrations. During the holidays the program organizes festive events in cooperation with Israeli companies.
 


Effectiveness  
Relative Advantages and Additional Value:

Network of Volunteers:
  • Aid for Life maintains a unique group of dedicated volunteers who receive extensive and professional training in order to provide the most effective assistance to Holocaust survivors. The volunteers diligently work to develop long-lasting and loving relationships with the survivors, ensuring they feel safe, cared for, and respected. 
Holistic Aid: 
  • Aid for Life offers holistic support that responds to the needs of Holocaust survivors in all aspects of their lives.
Strategic Partnerships:
  • Latet partners with health funds, local social welfare departments, and companies from the business sector to provide the best relief for survivors.
Uniqueness:  
  • Aid for Life is the only program in Israel that offers a holistic, dignified and immediate aid package that is both ongoing and regularly accessible directly through volunteers. 

Measures of Success:
The following statistics demonstrate an improvement in the Holocaust survivors' situations, before and after receiving aid: 
  • 76% responded that the food packages met their needs.
  • 90% responded that their quality of life greatly increased due to relationships with the volunteers.
  • 94% responded that they were highly satisfied with this year’s holiday events.
  • 85% reported that they were highly satisfied with their emergency fund assistance.
  • 89% were highly satisfied with the overall assistance (social companionship, emergency fund, and food packages) and reported that it allows them to live with dignity.

Channels of Influence:
The program succeeds in making a change through the following channels of influence:
Health:
  • Through regular access to necessary medication, the survivors' hospital visits are reduced.
Mental State:
  • Through constant social visits and gatherings, the survivor's overall mental state is improved, thus positively affecting their quality of life.
Raising Awareness:
  • Aid for Life's volunteer community works to raise public awareness on the current state of Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. 

Measures of Efficiency:
  • Ratio of volunteers to aid recipients: 1,300 dedicated volunteers provide regular aid to 1,000 survivors
  • 60,000 volunteer hours annually dedicated to improving the quality of life of Holocaust survivors in need 
     
קוד אתי  
Need:
According to the National Insurance Institute, there are around 189,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, and approximately 45,000 live in poverty. Moreover, approximately 40 Holocaust survivors die every day, while 2 in 5 survivors lack the means to live with dignity. While the survivor population is steadily declining, their needs grow more numerous with each passing year.  

Target Population:
Aid for Life supports individuals who are recognized by governmental authorities as Holocaust survivors, and defined as in need in accordance with welfare authorities.
 
Model and Structure:
The program provides comprehensive aid that includes:

Nutritional Security:
  • Each month survivors receive food packages delivered to their homes, with contents based on advice from leading nutritionists.
Emergency Fund:
  • This fund provides response to unforeseen and urgent needs of the survivor including various medical necessities, at no cost.
Social Support:
  • The program organizes frequent home visits, holiday parties, trips and other social activities throughout the year.
Restoration Project:
  • The program offers small home repairs and renovations to ensure the personal safety of the survivor and improve their overall quality of life.

Scope of Activity:
  • 12,000 Holocaust survivors in need (experiencing severe financial need, advanced age, isolation and/or do not receive aid from other sources) received aid so far since the inception of the program.  
  • 25 locations across Israel
  • 1,300 volunteers, 77,000 volunteer hours, worth NIS 1,635,000
  • Aid worth NIS 270,000 (dental treatment, incontinence products, glasses, etc.) as part of the emergency fund
  • 760 apartments were renovated in 25 locations as part of the restoration project 

Highlights:
Aid for Life offers various social events for its participants throughout the country including, trips, activities, community meals, performances, and celebrations. During the holidays the program organizes festive events in cooperation with Israeli companies.
 


Effectiveness  
Relative Advantages and Additional Value:

Network of Volunteers:
  • Aid for Life maintains a unique group of dedicated volunteers who receive extensive and professional training in order to provide the most effective assistance to Holocaust survivors. The volunteers diligently work to develop long-lasting and loving relationships with the survivors, ensuring they feel safe, cared for, and respected. 
Holistic Aid: 
  • Aid for Life offers holistic support that responds to the needs of Holocaust survivors in all aspects of their lives.
Strategic Partnerships:
  • Latet partners with health funds, local social welfare departments, and companies from the business sector to provide the best relief for survivors.
Uniqueness:  
  • Aid for Life is the only program in Israel that offers a holistic, dignified and immediate aid package that is both ongoing and regularly accessible directly through volunteers. 

Measures of Success:
The following statistics demonstrate an improvement in the Holocaust survivors' situations, before and after receiving aid: 
  • 76% responded that the food packages met their needs.
  • 90% responded that their quality of life greatly increased due to relationships with the volunteers.
  • 94% responded that they were highly satisfied with this year’s holiday events.
  • 85% reported that they were highly satisfied with their emergency fund assistance.
  • 89% were highly satisfied with the overall assistance (social companionship, emergency fund, and food packages) and reported that it allows them to live with dignity.

Channels of Influence:
The program succeeds in making a change through the following channels of influence:
Health:
  • Through regular access to necessary medication, the survivors' hospital visits are reduced.
Mental State:
  • Through constant social visits and gatherings, the survivor's overall mental state is improved, thus positively affecting their quality of life.
Raising Awareness:
  • Aid for Life's volunteer community works to raise public awareness on the current state of Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. 

Measures of Efficiency:
  • Ratio of volunteers to aid recipients: 1,300 dedicated volunteers provide regular aid to 1,000 survivors
  • 60,000 volunteer hours annually dedicated to improving the quality of life of Holocaust survivors in need 
     

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