Bridges for Peace - Feed a Child Program

About a year ago, through a long-standing client and good friend, I became aware of the plight of Israeli children and the extraordinary work that is carried out by Bridges for Peace – a Jerusalem-based charity. Approximately 30% of these children live in poverty. The situation has been compounded by the number of migrants arriving from countries such as Africa and the former Soviet Union – where families have fled to Israel seeking sanctuary from the horrors they faced in their home land. As a result, these children face uncertain futures, with many forced to leave school at a young age to seek work. In supporting the Feed a Child Program, we will help (among other things) to provide these children with a hot lunch every day at school, a backpack filled with school supplies and funds for special needs during the summer. Having spent the majority of my youth living as an expat in developing countries, such as Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Africa, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of poverty. Rarely a day goes by when I am not reminded in some way of how fortunate I am to be living very comfortably in “the lucky country”. I am quietly hopeful that our small contribution will make a life-changing difference to a child in need.