Yoseph, age 17, describes the economic situation in his house as dismal. He needs to work in order to help support the family. Every day after school he returns home, and has an hour before heading to work in a restaurant. He works 6-7 hours per day. The money he earns really helps. He also helps out with his little sister 16, who struggles with disabilities, and with the house chores when necessary.
Yoseph is able to support himself, learned to drive, and buy himself clothes and finance his own entertainment. Despite his many responsibilities Yoseph doesn’t allow work to interfere with his studies, he keeps up his grades and has passed his high school graduation exams. However, this is not a life we, at ELEM, wish for children in Israel. Children should have a chance to be children while they are in high school, and not have to juggle a full time job at the same time or feel pressure to drop out of school.
To learn more and support ELEM’s Derech Hamelech program that provides vocational training and mentoring to youths like Yoseph, click here.