Greetings on behalf of the Holocaust Survivors of Israel served by our organization, Abundant Hope International (AHI). As president and founder of AHI I am pleased to share with you our concerns and goals to assist those who have suffered through and survived the Shoah.
Since 2004 we, as a 100% Volunteer staffed organization, have been bringing assistance to the Holocaust Survivors of Israel. After formally organizing as a non-profit 501(c)3 in 2008 we began in earnest to work with the Israeli government agencies.
In 2012 we also established Shayfa Tikva, R.A., a registered amutah/charity in Israel. Our hopes for establishing this agency is to train Israeli citizens to take on the leadership and provide for their own people. To date 20 different countries are involved through volunteers, home renovations, visitation, building relationships and helping as we identify individual needs.
After realizing extreme loneliness and sadness was prevalent among the Holocaust Survivors, we have focused heavily on establishing relationships. This includes, but is not limited to: visitation, birthday, anniversary and holiday celebrations and an ‘adoption’ program whereby people from around the world can write to them and ‘be’ their new family. We have been amazed to see these adopters now come visit “their” Survivor in Israel and follow through by touring the country.
Physical needs are met as they are identified. Partnering with other organizations and bringing in volunteers we do home renovations, supply general medical equipment, provide concerts (both in the clubs and in the homes of the house-bound), do give-aways such as flowers on International Women’s Day, roses on Yom HaShoah and even hold a Market Place providing for a fun time of ‘purchasing’ gifts provided by AHI with fake dollars also given.
- The Heirloom Project to give handcrafted heirloom items to replace those lost in the war- beginning again with new family traditions.
- The Survival Life Packs containing emergency items and rations for three days, designed to give Holocaust Survivors a chance at life.
- Voluntours to encourage volunteers from around the world to come and stay at our lodging house, Beit Shalom, located in Akko. Following a one week tour of volunteering with AHI and Survivors, they have the option to tour and learn about the history of Israel
Israel’s Camp and Ghetto Survivor population is approximately 198,000; the refugees of WWII are estimated at 300,000. AHI is located in 25 cities throughout Israel, currently serving almost 1400 Survivors. With a total of approximately half-million, the need is great. The work done by AHI is dependent solely on gifts by individuals and organizations. We receive no assistance from any government, US or otherwise. Each gift is US or Israeli tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Our policy is 100% of donations designated for the Holocaust Survivors go to the Survivors. No administrative costs are taken from this designation.
Please consider partnering with Abundant Hope International as we seek to bring the Holocaust Survivors of Israel comfort and peace of mind in the uncertainty of their final days. Your gifts will bring the special blessing received only from helping a Survivor of the Shoah. It is urgent and time is passing quickly. The Survivors are dying every 30 minutes and that blessing will soon be gone. Please help the Shoah Survivors before it is too late.
To learn more please visit our website www.ahi-il.org You can sign up for our newsletter and contact us with any questions or comments.
To give the Survivors “Life!”
By check: AHI, P.O. Box 760183, San Antonio, TX 78245
Most sincerely and with gratitude,
Susan Heagy, President
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 717-542-8810
Print version: AHI 2014 introduction letter