Creating Opportunities

Helping people find and sustain meaningful employment to be self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty, with particular experience in agricultural livelihoods.

World Jewish Relief works in eastern Europe and East Africa where many people are unemployed, living in poverty or impacted by the legacy of the holocaust. They struggle to feed their children and elderly parents; many of these countries rely on limited welfare support.

By empowering them we believe we can eliminate Jewish poverty in our lifetime.

Livelihood Programmes

By helping people to develop job-specific skills, giving them the confidence to find work and then guiding them into appropriate employment, we create opportunities that can change lives.

We give people a hand-up that means that they no longer need hand-outs.

These programmes enable people to support their families with food, medicine, education, a safe living environment and therefore a route out of poverty. People who gain employment are able to support themselves, their parents who might otherwise rely on welfare and meagre pensions, and their children.

How does it work?

Our ‘Back To Work’ courses give people the skills and confidence to enter - or get back into - the job market. This includes everything from learning how to write a CV to assessing participants’ life goals. Where relevant, vocational training is offered in order to develop practical skills. Our employment advisors work with each person to identify what’s right for them and then support them through the job finding process. They liaise with local businesses to create opportunities and match-make individuals with jobs.

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Dasha with her two sons

Dasha's Story

We help and support people on their journeys into work who have had to flee their homes to find safety for themselves and their families.

Dasha and her 2 sons fled her town east of Ukraine when it was invaded by Russian separatists. They now live in Kiev.

Dasha has a law degree and experience working in a law firm but as she is classed as an ‘Internally Displaced Person’ she was unable to secure a job.  This was until she saw an advert from a Jewish organisation offering sewing repair classes as part of their employment training.

Thanks to our support, she gained the skills necessary to find work as a seamstress, but also the emotional and psychological support she needed to move on and build her new life.

Meet Artyom

Watch the moving account of how World Jewish Relief’s ‘livelihood development programme’ (LDP) has enabled Artyom to find job satisfaction which has given Artyom and his family a route out of poverty.

Where do we do it?

Our employment and livelihoods programmes run in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Rwanda and Uganda.

In the last three years, 2,854 people have participated in our livelihoods projects in Eastern Europe
An amazing 72% of those who participated in our livelihoods project found jobs
Within the past year, the average income for participants has increased by 279%

Rwanda and Uganda

In Rwanda and Uganda, we help young farmers, many orphaned by genocide or HIV/AIDS, to become modern agricultural entrepreneurs, significantly and sustainably increasing their income to make a difference in their communities. We are doing this by building the agricultural and business capacity of participants including links to commercial buyers and markets as well as training in techniques for growing profitable crops such as watermelons.