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The UIA Women’s Division is a vibrant global community of committed Jewish women. Our goal is to be the charity of choice for Jewish women in Australia by creating engagement through compelling and strong relationships, events and education. We inspire women to actively partake in philanthropy, and provide opportunities for voluntary involvement in meaningful leadership roles.
This year, we are supporting First Line Families. Covid-19’s impact on Israel’s vulnerable populations – particularly at-risk youth - has been devastating. With many programs forced to close or significantly curtail their services, thousands of children and their families have been denied critical support. Lockdowns, restrictions, and loss of work have wreaked havoc on families who were struggling well before the virus struck Israel in March 2020. It has led to increased incidents of child neglect, domestic violence, and food insecurity. The number of families living in poverty increased by 46%, and domestic violence incidents rose 22% - with 41% of those incidents involving children.
Families identified in need of critical support in the First Line Families program are suffering for a range of reasons from emotional abuse, to neglect and domestic violence. The pandemic has made these problems even more challenging and this is where our life-changing new project ‘First Line Families’ comes into effect, supporting youth and the families in youth villages run by the Jewish Agency. Responsibility for funding this Project has been accepted by the Australian Women’s Divisions.
The program allows for a tailored intervention specific to the needs of each family, which enables immediate impact. Initially the short-term needs are addressed – like filling the fridge with food, ensuring safe living conditions, and purchasing essential appliances. But the uniqueness of UIA is that our support doesn’t stop there. Our goal is to empower people. We offer support in the form of financial management, parenting courses, skills development and coping strategies - all of which enable those in our care to become productive members of society.
To hear more about First Line Families, click here or on the image below to watch a program video.
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