What does Emunah do?


What does Emunah do in Israel?

Emunah in Israel supports over 12,000 children on a daily basis by providing residential homes, high schools, day care and family support centres as well as trauma therapy and counselling centres. Emunah is one of the primary social welfare organisations in Israel and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious ‘Israel Prize’ for lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to the nation.

What does British Emunah do?

British Emunah is a UK registered charity which relies entirely on donations to support 37 Emunah projects in Israel. Set up in 1933 by a group of British women who wanted to provide practical help for children escaping Nazi persecution, Emunah today has developed services to meet the very different problems faced by the thousands of Israeli children who are ‘at risk’.

Who does Emunah look after?

Backgrounds of abuse, poverty, ill-health and violence are common amongst the children Emunah cares for. Many of the children supported by Emunah are classified as ‘at risk’. Many of our children, both Israeli born and new immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, have sadly experienced serious neglect, instability and abuse in their short lives, often at the hands of those who are supposed to love and nurture them, their own parents.

How does Emunah help ‘at risk’ children and support families?

At every Emunah centre each child receives the individual attention and therapeutic support required to meet their complex needs – giving them a positive future to look forward to.

Specialist staff provide educational support and therapies offered include music, drama, art, puppet, animal petting therapy, horse-riding and sports activities. These are not just for fun. Staff tackle the child’s underlying emotional and social problems through the various activities and help the child deal with their strong feelings of anger, frustration, grief or desperation.

The dedicated staff all of Emunah’s centres provide the children with a safe and nurturing environment, building their self-esteem and developing their talents and abilities. This whilst at the same time enhancing parent-child relationships wherever appropriate and helping to develop parenting and conflict solving skills within the family.

Our many success stories show that by working with children and where appropriate, the whole family, Emunah can break the cycles of neglect and poverty so that the children we care for now will go on to live successful and happy lives.

We can only do this with your support.


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