Short Term; High Impact; Empowering; Reputation Changing
Did you know that 50,000 Israelis visit India each year?
Without guidance, they can display a lack of cultural sensitivity, engage in drug-use and partying and soon establish an unfavorable reputation for Israelis and Israel. After a few months of freedom and rest from the army, many start to look for ways to get the most out of their time there.
All this takes place in a country which is crying out for support for its millions of malnourished children who do not have good opportunities for education and a way out of the cycle of poverty.
Enter Project Be a Kli: from the Hebrew, haKol Lemaan haYeledim – All for the Kids – Helping to feed and educate some of the most impoverished children in the world by forming partnerships with [Israeli] backpackers who are looking to get more meaning out of their time in India.
Here’s a look at this newly launched initiative founded by London Oleh Bradley Cohen.
from The Jerusalem Post:
A team of backpackers recently challenged the stereotype of the Israeli tourist in India – post-army, noisy and often using drugs – by volunteering at impoverished schools on the eight-day “Be a Kli” project last month.
“I saw some opportunities for change for everyone involved,” said Bradley Cohen, the 31-year-old founder of the organization All for the Kids, which is dedicated to helping poor children around the world. “We could go there and greatly influence the lives of the children and ourselves.”