Over 450,000 Israeli families are listed below poverty levels. Tens of thousands of additional families struggle to meet daily needs and they too receive various forms of assistance on a weekly, monthly, periodic/Holiday basis.
Unfortunately, some people know how to take advantage of the chaity system and live their lives by applying to as many organizations as possible and taking what they can from the system. Others are too shy or embarrassed to ask, and barely receive any help, if at all.
GJARN is working to establish a national database which will be used by all charities in Israel so that when a person or family applies for help, they will first need to provide names and Identity numbers for all family members which will then be entered into the national database, and receive a written report as to the names of the various organizations already helping each of the family members. While the information will be limited in that it does not give amounts or types of aid given, it will provide enough information for the grant decision makers to determine whether this family is a prime candidate or one that may not be as much in need vis a vis thousands of other families who are not getting any assistance yet, or only receiving minimal assistance.