Inspired by Jewish values, we aim to transform the lives of primarily, but not exclusively, vulnerable Jewish communities, outside the UK and Israel, by reducing poverty and enabling lasting, sustainable change.
At times of major international disaster, WJR also leads the UK Jewish community's emergency response, providing effective and appropriate interventions to those suffering from the effects of catastrophe. Inspired by the Jewish imperative of Tikkun Olam, healing the world, we assist those affected irrespective of their race, religion or ethnicity, helping them to rebuild their shattered lives and livelihoods.
We work through local partners, focusing exclusively on the more vulnerable sections of society; women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities who are most acutely affected by poverty. We work to identify solutions that both relieve poverty and additionally build on long term sustainable solutions.
Most of this work takes place across the former Soviet Union, where WJR has developed a detailed understanding of client needs over the last 20 years. These initiatives have concentrated on the provision of homecare, food, winter relief and medical support to the elderly, families with young children and those living with disability, whose household income levels are insufficient to meet their most basic requirements. Our unique Gifts in Kind operation, sourcing new and nearly new clothing and other key goods in the UK for our recipient communities, provides an additional supplement to their meagre income sources.
WJR also recognises the importance of supporting long term sustainable programmes that enable clients to break the cycle of poverty and ultimately help themselves. Our livelihood development programmes provide parents, particularly single mothers, with the skills and opportunities to improve their employability while assisting with the burden of childcare. Other projects also enable children with disabilities, or young people from chronically deprived backgrounds, to benefit from a mainstream education and fully participate in the society to which they belong.
Last year, accordingly, WJR supported programmes addressing the needs of vulnerable communities in 22 countries across five continents, reaching a remarkable 118,000 people
Support is mainly focused on our extended Jewish family but, in accordance with the imperative of TikkunOlam, healing the world, WJR is proud to support initiatives that assist those both within and beyond our own community. The criteria for the extension of our Jewish lifeline is as follows:
i) Responding to major international catastrophic disasters
ii) Supporting programmes in contexts that specifically resonate with the experiences of our own Community (genocide and religious persecution)
iii) Supporting partners in areas where there is a resident Jewish community