For the fifth year, students, staff and alumni of the WIZO Nir Ha'Emek Youth Village (sponsored by WIZO Argentina and WIZO USA), took a stand against the apathy surrounding the issues of poverty and hunger in Israel with their Day Without Hunger campaign.
According to the National Insurance Institute's annual Poverty Report, one out of every three Israeli children suffers from the effects of hunger and malnutrition. Under the slogan, "One in three kids is hungry", WIZO Nir Ha'Emek students launched their annual citywide project aimed at raising awareness to the startling numbers associated with poverty in Israel.
Over 20 local restaurants, pizzerias, kiosks and cafés in Afula answered the students' call to join their campaign and sell food to children and youth at the minimal cost of 2 NIS (55 cents) for two hours on Monday, February 18th, The Day Without Hunger. Every eatery that took part in the project received a framed certificate of appreciation. In addition, the Nir Ha'Emek student council sold hot dogs for 2 NIS. Representatives from the Nir Ha'Emek student council set up an information booth in Afula's main square and distributed flyers about the campaign.
The Day Without Hunger campaign also included classroom discussions and panels about poverty in Israel. Representatives of the Nir Ha’Emek student council entered classrooms and held discussions on the subject of social gaps, included a panel featuring MK Yael German and social activists from Afula and the region.
MK Yael German (fourth from end) on the Day Without Hunger panel
WIZO Nir Ha'Emek Director Esti Cohen (far left) with students and staff
"This is the fifth straight year that our entire school has joined together to take part in the Day Without Hunger project," Paz Shosho and Mishel Reznikov, heads of the WIZO Nir Ha'Emek student council, said. “Our ultimate goal is to increase awareness among the public. We are already well trained at going out and enlisting local businesses and recruiting as many students as possible for the benefit of this very important cause. As teenagers, this is the least we can do to raise awareness of the difficult situation in which one in three children in Israel is a hungry child."
"This initiative comes entirely from the students of our youth village and our staff has mobilized in order to implement it," Esti Cohen, Director of the WIZO Nir Ha'Emek Youth Village, said. "This effort has grown each year with more students and local eateries taking part. We are full of pride that our students can feel compassion, be socially involved and express their opinions on this important cause. This initiative truly reflects the spirit of WIZO."
Photo Credits: WIZO Nir Ha'Emek