• Connected

    Program

    This program addresses loneliness amongst survivors through an intergenerational relationship and adopting skills to enable social interaction through the internet.

    The program is run in collaboration with the ORT network in 23 high schools around Israel and in additional locations where Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors in Israel's volunteers are located.

    450 Holocaust survivors receive a weekly home visit from a high-school students or adult volunteer during which they are taught computer and internet skills. Survivors are offered  assistance in connecting with family member who live in other parts of the country or overseas online (email, skype).

    The program also operates three coffee clubs in Holon, Bat-Yam and Ashkelon (in Israel), as well as in Europe and the United Kingdom. Each club has five computers that Holocaust survivors use in volunteer-lead computer classes.

    Outcomes

    • Reduce loneliness
    • Improved sense of belonging and community
    • Feels secure due to the presence of a support network

    Contract dates

    2016-2018

    Partners

    Ministry of Welfare, Welfare Fund for Holocaust Victims in Israel, ORT network