On Wednesday 13th June, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales hosted an afternoon tea at Clarence House for 80 World Jewish Relief (WJR) supporters.
The event was organised to celebrate the Prince’s role as Patron of WJR’s Ukrainian Livelihood Development Programme, a pioneering initiative which aims to reduce the number of Jewish families and individuals living in poverty and dependent on welfare support. Through the provision of bespoke personal and professional skill development training, the establishment of job centres and assistance with access to childcare facilities, the programme gives many of WJR’s young vulnerable clients the tools to lift themselves once and for all out of poverty. The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Foundations have been fabulous supporters of the programme to date which has now commenced in eastern Ukraine.
The Prince of Wales has a dedicated history of involvement with World Jewish Relief. He attended the charity’s annual dinner in 2007 when he had the opportunity to learn more about the challenging living conditions of the Ukrainian Jewish community, and he officially opened WJR’s Jewish Community Centre in Krakow in 2008. At the Board of Deputies’ Annual Dinner in 2011, he said he had the “highest regard and respect – and, dare I say it, the greatest affection” for World Jewish Relief.
Paul Anticoni, Chief Executive of World Jewish Relief, commented:
“The support of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is invaluable in expanding our Livelihood Development Programme into Ukraine. The concept of dignity is at the core of the programme; our clients want to be able to support themselves and their families, to be financially independent and to contribute to developing their own community. Breaking the cycle of spiralling poverty and empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own future, is at the very heart of WJR’s support worldwide.