The Fellowship's faithful and caring donors make possible better lives for so many struggling and impoverished Jewish people, people of all ages and backgrounds. And one of our newest programs is focused on a particularly vulnerable group - new mothers and their babies. The Jerusalem Post's Rachel Cohen takes a look at The Fellowship's "Small Gifts" program, which gives newborns and their mothers a healthy beginning to their precious lives:
“Building a family and bringing children into the world should not be a privilege only for the financially wealthy,” International Fellowship of Christian and Jews Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein told The Jerusalem Post.
Every year, some 30,000 women below the poverty line give birth, and The Fellowship ensures these new mothers with limited financial resources and their newborns get a fair chance at a healthy and strong start to their lives. “Matanot Katanot,” or Little Gifts, is one of The Fellowship’s newest programs dedicated to providing impoverished new mothers all of the necessary resources to ensure their babies are happy and healthy in their first six months.
This program is one of the hundreds offered by IFCJ that aims to fill the financial gaps in society.
The Fellowship organized this program in March 2017 in response to a vacuum they saw in public sector financial aid for impoverished mothers and their newborns. These mothers and children run a high risk of health and developmental problems that trap them in a cycle of ongoing poverty.
Thanks to the generous donations of The Fellowship’s millions of Christian donors and others, the program now reaches 700 new mothers and is expected to ultimately help some 4,000 mothers each year...