Ben-Gurion University, Israel
In August of 2013, the Israeli government cut 2.5 billion Israeli shekels (about $710 million USD) from the Children Allowances Program (which provides families with children under 18 a monthly stipend). This harsh cut plunged 35,000 children into poverty and exacerbated the challenge for the 820,000 Israeli children already living below the poverty line.
No surprise to anyone, research showed these drastic cuts had a severe impact on families and even forced some youth to forgo school for work, to help support their families.
In response to this injustice, Ben-Gurion University launched an education and advocacy campaign called Food Security Information Education and Advocacy Project (FSIP) to demand that the allowance levels be reinstated.
With support from parents (Jewish and Arabs, Ultra Orthodox and secular), civic organizations and many members of the Knesset, FSIP has proposed a bill to increase the child allowances.
The work of FSIP has just begun, we can’t wait to see what happens next!
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