Jerusalem is fortunate to have a veritable army of volunteers working constantly on behalf of virtually every new immigrant in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Keren Klita, a voluntary organisation providing aid and support for immigrants from the former Soviet Union has now been integral to the successful assimilation of immigrants in the region for some years. The innovative and vital programmes instituted by Keren Klita cover the whole spectrum of age, circumstance and educational requirements, including; youth and technology projects to foster good communication and Jewish identity, assistance for elementary and high school children to participate in summer camps, textbooks for all ages, help for Olim to find simple work, re-training and work related grants, medical and emergency grants, club for the elderly in the Diplomat Hotel and friendly visitors for elderly Olim in Talpiot, Kiryat Hayovel, Neve Ya’akov, Gilo, Kiryat Menachem and Katamon-Patt, gifts for holidays, brides and new babies, help for single mothers needing Ulpan and professional re-training and the provision of furniture and essential household equipment.
All this is in addition to the now traditional Welcome Basket and Family Befriending programme that greet every new arrival. One to One donates funds to many of the families befriended through Keren Klita and supplies clothing and shoes with every Israel trek. The contents of the bags you carry make a significant difference to the families who arrive with so little and no money to clothe their children as they grow.