A UNICEF study published in October indicates that Israel ranks fourth in the developed world in terms of child poverty. Poverty rates increased from 35.1 to 35.6 percent this year, meaning it now trails only Greece, Latvia and Spain in the rankings in UNICEF‘s annual report.
The longer that children remain stuck in poverty-stricken communities, the harder it is for them to escape what can seem like a never-ending cycle. Fortunately, Curt Landry Ministries has begun taking steps to break this cycle by instituting Safe Houses for children in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.
These Safe Houses provide a variety of benefits for the children of Israel, including:
- Safety. These communities live up to their name. Every day, children are placed in danger as they live in the crossfire of ongoing conflicts with Palestinians and terrorist organizations. They are also more likely to be victims of abuse when living in poverty-stricken homes. The Safe Houses provided by Curt Landry Ministries allow them to escape these realities and enter a safe zone where they are protected from this sort of harm.
- Education. The Safe Houses give children an outlet to have a better education than they would otherwise receive in their regular communities. Not only do they receive high-quality teaching, but they also are given safe spaces to ask questions, to engage in their studies and to learn in an environment that doesn’t have the worldly pressures of their surrounding communities.
- Community. There are many children in Israel that have lost parents, siblings or friends, or simply are trapped in communities that do not provide them with the care they need. The Safe Houses function as a place where children can come together and form a positive community of their own, one that gives them consistency and nourishment.
- Hope. The power of hope in these children cannot be understated. Many have witnessed unspeakable atrocities or deplorable living conditions. The hope they receive from their time in these safe houses can help them to move forward positively in their lives.