“If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget (its dexterity). Let my tongue cleave to my palate if I will not remember you, if I will not bring to mind Jerusalem during my greatest joy!” Psalm 137
Since MBKI’s inception in 2005 our mission has been to come alongside inner-city and rural schools and kindergartens that serve poor and working poor families. We provide supplemental budgets to educators to fill the gaps that are not being filled by collecting fees from single parent households. Reports from our partner educators from Jerusalem, rural Judea and Israel’s border communities is depressing. The children can’t learn on-line because they can’t afford internet access in their apartments and or don’t have computers. The most upsetting issue during this pandemic is not only are children hungry, so are their families. In normal times, the children would come to school and receive a catered hot, meat based lunch. These aren’t normal times and the government has not successfully opened the schools since the pandemic hit.
Ma and Pa small shops can no longer afford to pay rent and their family businesses that have been around for generations are closing. Middle class workers have been sidelined and for the first time in their lives are relying on government subsidies and unemployment benefits that barely make ends meet. Hard earned savings are being used just to pay mortgages and rent. Thousands of Israelis are falling below the poverty level. Israelis are suffering.
OPERATION RIGHT HAND will begin in Jerusalem and move out to Judea and the periphery (Gaza/Egyptian border, Jordan Valley and Northern Border).OBJECTIVES:
Miriam Pochapin is partnering with MBKI to build a library in an inner-city kindergarten in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Menachem neighborhood. The library is the fourth library we have built in memory of Shlomit Krigman hy”d. The mission is simple, strengthen early education literacy and continue the story of Shlomit 🦋
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
Since 2019, My Brother’s Keeper International has been supporting youth baseball in the county of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. Our partnership with the Efrat youth baseball league serves over 200 boys and girls aged 7 to 15 who play in three different leagues. We have committed to sponsoring two teams each season (spring and fall). We also provide a grant to cover the cost of scholarships for any child that wants to play baseball but whose family cannot afford the registration fee. Because of generous supporters, we are also able to assist the league in helping to cover the cost of equipment replacement and field improvement.
MBKI’s teams have decided to call themselves “The Brothers.” This rally call is the foundation upon which we build character and a love for the game. In addition to learning the fundamentals of baseball, every player is exposed to the core values of team work, leadership, training hard, having fun, good sportsmanship and the love of the Land and People of Israel.
Your generosity is making a real impact in the lives of children living in rural Judea, Israel. Thank you!
2020 Division 3 League Champions
2020 Division 1 Little Sluggers
In times of war and national crisis in Israel, MBKI has been called upon to lend a strong hand. First Responders Assistance 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- ).
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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