Mesila - training for babysitters
Asylum seeker parents work long hours for low wages. Their wages were further capped in 2017 when the Deposit Law required employers of asylum seekers to withhold 20% of a worker’s wage until s/he leaves Israel. In addition, Israel’s recent decision to expel asylum seekers to a third country has caused tremendous anxiety and uncertainty.
Children are at also at risk. Because education for children aged 0-3 is not subsidized in Israel and private nursery schools are expensive, asylum seeker parents are forced to send their children to pirate ‘babysitters’ who cost a fraction of the price. The children spend most of the day with these ‘babysitters’, often in private apartments. These pirate ‘babysitters’ put hundreds of already at-risk children in danger of further developmental, emotional, and cognitive damage.
Mesila takes a unique, holistic approach to working with African asylum seekers to improve their quality of life after the terrible dangers and trauma they have faced on their journey to Israel.
This project focuses on two units – Children at Risk and Early Childhood – and seeks to reduce the level of risk to which children are exposed by dealing with both the children’s care situations and their families. The project has four components:
1) Early identification and removal to safety of children at risk.
2) Intensive treatment of families with children at risk.
3) Improve conditions for children in ‘babysitter’ facilities.
4) Transition asylum seeker children to government frameworks.
Mesila is part funded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and part funded through philanthropy, including UNHCR, Saba Fund and Pa’amei Tikva.
Total Donation Requested: $100,000