The problem of orphaned and abandoned children in the former Soviet Union is critical. Thousands of children throughout the region live on the streets or in appalling and dangerous conditions in state-run orphanages.
While other children are fortunate to have family and a place to call home, they are by no means immune to the daily struggle for survival that Jewish children in this part of the world must face.
Ilya is one of these children who are growing up in shocking poverty. He lives with his mother and grandmother in a small run-down cottage on the outskirts of a small town in Uzbekistan. They have no running water or indoor plumbing. To make matters worse, piles of refuse line the streets in their part of town — attracting bugs and rodents that infest Ilya's home. The family cannot afford coal or gas. Instead, Ilya collects sticks and branches, which the family burns to stay warm.
Thanks to IFCJ donors who support our Isaiah 58 program, Ilya receives much-needed vitamins, monthly food packages, and school supplies. This assistance is truly a godsend to a family that is poorer than most of us can imagine.
The problem of poverty among Jewish populations in the FSU is truly devastating. You can help poor Jews in this part of the world by making a generous gift to Isaiah 58 today.
The Fellowship's Isaiah 58 program is providing food, medical care, housing and other basic assistance to poor Jews in the former Soviet Union, and finances a network of safe children's homes throughout the area. Through this lifesaving work, our Isaiah 58 partners are truly fulfilling the biblical mandate "to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe him…" (Isaiah 58:7).