In the most recent statistics currently available, Israel has the second-highest poverty rate among children and teenagers in the developed world.
The information comes from the National Insurance Institute. According to the report, 25 percent of the population under 18 years old in Israel is classified as poor. This places Israel below all member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) except Turkey.
In most of these OECD countries, the poorest age group is people between 18 and 25 years old. The organization’s standards for a country’s child poverty rate is based on the total number of children with an annual income that is 50 percent below the national median.
Israel’s 26-50 age range is the second poorest on the poverty index, eleven places below the OECD average. It also ranked as the fourth-poorest nation for people age 66 and older, with 21.7 percent being classified as poor.
Finally, welfare allowances for children, the unemployed, and the elderly are among the lowest in the Western world. The country’s welfare investment is the seventh lowest among OECD nations.
Israel has routinely ranked poorly in most of these categories, and the country continues to see economic crises and massive income gaps on a yearly basis.
This is one of the main reasons why Curt Landry Ministries has committed to the establishment and support of safe houses throughout Israel, especially in Jerusalem. Many young people in the nation do not have a safe and stable home environment where they can live and learn. Without a stable home life, there is little hope for then to be able to break the cycle of poverty and become successful citizens and humans.
Our safe houses are an invaluable resource for these young adults. They are places where they can live and study for their futures in safe environments, with caring adult supervision and counseling.
Your support of Curt Landry Ministries can help us keep these safe houses in operation and provide young adults with much-needed safety and stability in their lives.
For more information about how you can help support this initiative, contact us today at Curt Landry Ministries.