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General Background

The coronavirus crisis will surely be discussed and studied for years to come. Undoubtedly it is a global crisis with long-term effects. Beyond the health issues, it is, to a large extent, an “economic pandemic.” Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their sources of income, either temporarily or permanently, and many are now required to recalculate their finances and re-plan their careers. The challenging financial situation can affect family and marital dynamics and create a domino effect, in which employment, finances and interpersonal relationships impact on each other and cause significant distress.

Target Population

Families, including one-parent families and individuals, who are experiencing an unemployment crisis and financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who are motivated to make changes and grow.

Vision and goals

Restoring emotional stability and financial security to families affected by the coronavirus crisis by expanding employment options, reviewing and re-calibrating the family budget and using teamwork to strengthen the and emotional well-being of the family.

The family is interviewed and a personal plan is created for them, based on their specific needs. The program offers holistic guidance and support in three central areas:

Financial recovery: Building a debt-reduction and recovery plan, accessing benefits, managing the family budget and providing tools for developing financial security.

Professional growth: reintegration into the labor force, upgrading of opportunities, full utilization of earning capacity, tools for stable employment.

Family empowerment: strengthening the family unit, accessing sources of assistance and connection.

Each family has a personal mentor, who guides them through weekly online meetings for six months.

The mentor, a trained professional such as a social worker or psychologist, builds an appropriate plan with the family.

The model, which combines a holistic vision and guidance by professionals, has proven to be especially effective. The Kidum-Families program has been running for 6 years and has been renewed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

How to Join the Program

Join us in Kidum, the program for financial and professional advancement.
Register here.

 

Kidum was first launched in 2012 and was active, helping families, for 6 years.

During that period, families in the second third under the poverty line were assisted through Kidum and achieved sustainable economic and employment changes, along with improvements in their family units.

The program concluded upon reaching its objectives.

Kidum was renewed in 2020 as an emergency program to help families who are suffering effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Our Achievements
  • Kidum helped 1,300 families
  • 55% raised their income by at least 20%.
  • 90% settled their debts.
  • 63% of the unemployed men and 66% of the unemployed women re-entered the workforce.
  • 55% of the women and 41% of the men increased their salaries.
  • 62% lowered the gap between their monthly income and expenses by more than 1,000 NIS.
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