MBKI is building two 30ft x 10ft greenhouses in an empty school lot that will facilitate the launch of our “Secret Garden” Ecological Education Program. Our goal is to create a safe, stress-free, therapeutic and educational space for children who have experienced terror related trauma. The healing and educational impact of gardening will foster the development of nurturing skills, enhance their self-worth and their ability to work as a team. The children will be introduced to the incredibly relevant concepts of: sustainability, water conservation, agricultural technology, and business development. Finally, a portion of the produce the children grow will be utilized to launch their own student-led “School Farmer’s Market.”
We are dedicating this project to the memory of Gennady Kaufman hy”d. Gennady, a 41 year old father of two children, was brutally attacked by an Arab terrorist December 7, 2015 while tending the gardens of the ancient Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Israel. Three weeks later, on December 30, 2015, Gennady succumbed to his wounds. His surviving daughter Michal is a student at the school where we plan on building the greenhouses and his son David is serving as a combat solider in the IDF.
PROJECT LEADER: Dov Ben Zion Gelman, President
MBKI PROJECT MEMBERS: Yael Klein, Principal of Alonei Mamra Elementary School for Girls, Lyndee Gelman, General Manager MBKI, Dov Zwerling, Board member of the Israeli Not for profit Shomri Achienu Y’rushalyim
PROJECT LOCATION: Kiryat Arba (Hebron), Israel
PROJECT SIZE: Approximately 600 sq.ft. Two 300 sq.ft. hot houses
PROJECT COST: $25,000
Since 2005 MBKI has been providing kosher, meat-based hot lunches every school year in Israel. Tens of thousands of lunches have been delivered. People are surprised to discover that most elementary schools and kindergartens in Israel do not have cafeterias. Children bring their lunches to school. However, children from single parent homes often come to school empty-handed and hungry. Children who are hungry cannot learn. For us, this is an issue of justice and compassion.
At the beginning of every school year, MBKI field staff and school administrators meet to complete an assessment based on the needs of the children in their schools. MBKI subsidizes the cost of feeding the children hot lunches on a sliding scale ranging from 40% to 100%. The school or kindergarten contracts with a local caterer to prepare and deliver the meals daily.
We offer a Kindergarten Adoption Program that empowers educators to care for and teach their children while being fully resourced.
Israeli kindergartens operate separately from local municipal elementary schools. The kindergartens MBKI partners with are in low income neighborhoods or rural villages. The majority of the children come from single parent homes. As a result of their socioeconomic situation, our kindergartens are underfunded and are unable to access resources.
Our Kindergarten Adoption Program pairs inner-city and rural kindergartens with donors in the US and Europe. Each school year MBKI’s staff conducts needs assessments with our partner kindergarten educators to identify their program goals, access to educational resources and determine financial needs.
MBKI provides supplemental budgets to our partner kindergartens that cover the costs of subsidized lunches, educational equipment, books, supplies, toys, field trips, enrichment classes and infrastructure improvement.
HOW IT WORKS
Donors are paired with partner kindergartens throughout the course of an academic school year. Your $4,000 donation is divided into quarterly payments and distributed to the educators based on the action plan designed by MBKI field staff. Donors have the ability to communicate with their adopted kindergarten and arrange a visit during the school year.
MBKI field staff designs a uniquely tailored action plan for every kindergarten, oversees the distribution of the donation, conducts fiscal compliance inspections, provides logistical support and acts as the liaison with the donor in all forms of communication.
“Now is the time to invest our best efforts in the lives of the children. Now-when they are starting to bloom.”
Karen Arosti ~ Principal Zalman Aran Elementary School, Jerusalem
In times of war and national crisis in Israel, MBKI has been called upon to lend a strong hand. Operation Konenut is a program designed to mobilize MBKI’s supporters to provide critical life saving equipment to the civilian organizations and first responders in the communities throughout Israel that we operate our educational programs.
MBKI partnered with The City of Sderot, the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, One Israel Fund, Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron and local first responder teams. MBKI Volunteers and donors in the US have supported our collaborative projects during Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009), Operation Protective Edge (2014) and the current wave of terrorism (2015- ).
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The most vulnerable members of Israeli society are the single mothers and their children. MBKI operates a fund that provides emergency food and clothing vouchers for these moms. This fund is administered in partnership with one of Jerusalem’s largest inner-city elementary school.
“When a single mom reaches the end of her rope and resources she has a place to turn.”
Dov ben Zion President MBKI
My Brother’s Keeper International’s mission is to restore hope and create educational solutions for children and families living in poverty and conflict zones in Israel. MBKI has been on the cutting edge of community and school-based program development and delivery since 2005.
Our basket of services are tailor-made to remove obstacles to learning that are unique to children, families and educators that struggle from the effects of urban poverty, geographical isolation and armed conflict.
The source of our success is the collaborative partnerships we have established with Israeli educators, municipal and county authorities and community and business leaders. Together with our US and European donors we are able to empower, resource and care for the most vulnerable of Israeli society, the children.
My Brother’s Keeper International is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit corporation in the United States. All donations are tax-exempt.
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Dear Family and Friends,
As I approach my Bat Mitzvah in a few months and become an adult in the Jewish community, I feel that it is my chance to do something good for others who are less fortunate. As part of my Bat Mitzvah celebration, I am choosing to raise money to help an Israeli Kindergarten class of children with special learning needs. I have always liked helping children and I feel this mitzvah will be meaningful because it will provide them with hot lunches, the ability to go on field trips and to purchase school supplies.
I am asking for your support and generosity to help me raise $5,000 for these special children. The charity I chose is My Brother’s Keeper International. Their mission is to restore hope and create educational solutions for children and families living in poverty and conflict zones.