21.7% of Israel’s citizens live below Israel’s “Poverty Line” (i.e. monthly available income per capita is lower than NIS 2,500). When examining the poverty rate among various segments of society, the sad picture emerges that 55% of the ultra-Orthodox community lives in poverty.
About the program
The Family Advancement Program was established in 2012 in partnership with the Friedberg foundation with the aim of alleviating poverty amongst ultra-Orthodox families through sustainable change. The program’s participants are ultra-Orthodox families living below the poverty line. These families face social, economic, and cultural barriers. Therefore, the organization has been implementing a unique, comprehensive and integrative rehabilitation program that assists these families, who face many challenges and need guidance and advice not only in the fields of employment, but also in the areas of economic and familial conduct.
The following are the results of a study conducted on the program’s activities in 2016 in cooperation with the Dgima Institute and the CI Institute:
As the study data shows, the program is capable of bringing about a significant and lasting change in the lives of participating families and removing them from the cycle of poverty.