The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Foundation will start a fundraising campaign

The “Michael Levin Lone Soldier Foundation” has launched its latest fundraiser for lone soldiers in Israel’s military force.

The “lone soldiers” are members of the IDF service who do not have family members in Israel to support them, as they are usually immigrants, volunteers abroad or Israelis from orphanages or broken homes. The Lone Soldier Foundation strives to assist lone soldiers defending the State of Israel, be it financially, with essential services, or even emotional support.

There are more than 7,000 lone soldiers currently serving in the IDF.

About half of the lone soldiers serving in the IDF were born and raised in the country, many of whom come from ultra-Orthodox society, disadvantaged neighborhoods, or other turbulent backgrounds. These soldiers live separated from their parents and families and therefore often encounter difficulties such as finding a residence, buying clothes, furniture and food.

“When they released me, I didn’t understand where I was going,” said Oshrat Melchen, 24, who grew up in an ultra-Orthodox environment. “The association helped me enroll in courses, gave me a personal mentor and helped me find a home. They are saving lives. “

Christopher Habib, 24, joined the organization during his military service. “Until I was 14, I grew up in a violent reality. I moved to boarding school and, after a year of service, I enlisted at the Nahal. After many years of loneliness, I suddenly felt that I had someone to lean on., a home to come to and, most importantly, an understanding ear and people who accepted me unconditionally. “

“I took a commanders course and continued preparing at-risk youth for (military) service. After I finished my service, I was still absent from an association that advised, directed and helped me, ”Habib continued.

“They are people who help thousands of soldiers, who so need this love,” Habib declared.

PARATROOPER MICHAEL LEVIN was assassinated in Ayta ash-Shab, Lebanon, on August 1, 2006, at the age of 22. (Credit: Courtesy)

The foundation is named after the American paratrooper and soldier Michael Levin, who came to Israel from Pennsylvania to enlist in the IDF. He was killed in action during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and died at just 22 years of age. Thousands of people across Israel attended his funeral and a monument was built in Jerusalem in his honor. He is buried in Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery.

Drorit Nitzani, founder of the program, said: “When my daughter was looking for a house to house a lonely wounded soldier, she asked me if she could bring him in. I said yes, and from that moment my life changed, because I realized that no you worry about lonely Israeli soldiers. ” “It is the responsibility of all of us to allow each of them to realize their personal potential.”

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