Throughout history the Jewish people have been the objects of persecution, antagonism and anti-Semitism from all other cultures. Today, anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide but to date the ultimate atrocity against them remains the Holocaust (a Greek word which means “sacrifice by fire) during WWII. During the years between 1933 and 1945, Hitler’s “Final Solution” snuffed out the lives of over six million Jews who were deliberately murdered using inhuman, tortuous methods that defy comprehension. Approximately two-thirds of all Jews living in Europe were killed by the Nazis, among them 1.1 million children. Those who survived, after witnessing the destruction of their families, suffer the same symptoms as seen with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) even today, over 70 years later. The majority of these Survivors have moved to Israel with about 198,000 who survived the camps and ghettos still alive here today. Thousands more are victims of displacement, evacuation and forced moves and many are without family to visit or help them. Struggling with loneliness, survivor guilt, memories trapped in the past and still suffering night terrors – these people are those to whom we desire to bring honor.
Abundant Hope International is committed to doing our utmost to alleviate the loneliness and let each one know they are remembered. We do this with both practical support and through relationship. These efforts, realized with the help of qualified volunteers, manifest changes in their lives. Our Volunteer Program opens the way to allow people from around the world to come to Israel in order to be involved with the Survivors in the most basic form of service: to give them love without expectations attached.
AHI is committed to ensuring that 100% of donations allotted for Survivors, goes to Survivors. As a result, it is necessary that the majority of our work is carried out by volunteer workers. AHI understands the importance of volunteers in the work we are doing as they fill a great need and are a valued part of this organization.
In order to be an AHI volunteer, it is imperative that those who come do so with a passion to serve, exhibiting compassion and integrity during their time of service. Volunteering is a wonderful gift for an individual to give, and one from which the volunteer receives incredible gifts in return.
If you are interested in helping the Holocaust Survivors in Israel, find out what it takes to be a volunteer on our Expectations page.