Welcome to Milka’s Fund’s blog! We are very excited to be able to share with you the essence of what Milka’s fund is all about, and the behind the scenes stories that go on in Milka’s office.
One of the first stories that I heard when I started working at Yad Eliezer was about Miriam. Miriam came in to Yad Eliezer so overcome by shame that it took her a while to be able to speak clearly enough to share her story. She had woken up in the middle of the night to sounds of pacing in the kitchen. She got nervous and tried to remember if she had checked the locks before going to bed. She heard muffled moans. She cautiously peeked in to the kitchen only to see her son doubled over in pain.
When he saw his mom, he forced himself to stand up straight and smile, but it was too late, she had seen that he was suffering. Miriam ran to his side and asked what happened. While gripping his jaw he told her that his tooth had been aching terribly for a few days. He knew that is mother did not have money to take him to a dentist, or even to buy some Tylenol, so he kept his pain to himself, but he hadn’t been able to sleep for days, and the pain was becoming unbearable.
It’s The Little Things
As told by Yehuda’s Mother –
“Yehuda is my life. He is a G-d fearing man, never missing a minyan regardless of how he’s feeling.
Just an hour after his stem cell transplant, he insisted on going to minyan until his doctor forced him to stay in bed. Then he asked if he could at least listen to the minyan through his phone!
Since his MS diagnosis, every little thing has become difficult- pushing his kids in their strollers, bringing groceries home..plus climbing the stairs in his building at least three times a day-it’s not so easy-even for a healthy person. But now for him, it’s impossible.
I try to help Yehuda whenever I can- travelling from Jerusalem to his apartment in Teveria to help my daughter in law with shopping, cooking, and taking care of my grandchildren. Sometimes he has painful seizures and he can’t do anything.
On Lag B’omer I went with Yehuda and his family to celebrate their youngest’s upsherin. All the fathers in Meiron were dancing with their children. I noticed Yehuda was the only one who couldn’t -it’s hard with his crutches. My granddaughter looked over at me and said “Savta, it’s so happy here-why are you crying?”
It’s the little things… “
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Peretz & Zelda were faced with a challenge. A big one. And it had a name: Neuroblastoma, a word they had never heard before a few months ago. It was a type of cancer, and it was endangering the life of their baby, Sara Leah. Something else was endangering her life, too- their home. Instead of a warm and comforting safe place, it was a frigid, dark, moldy apartment – a hazardous environment especially for a sick child whose compromised immune system could not tolerate any type of germ or mildew. The living situation compounded Peretz & Zelda’s worry but sadly, they had no choice-they had to stay there as they could not afford to move anywhere else.
Then an amazing thing happened. People like you the world over, read Sara Leah’s story on Milkasfund.org. Perhaps you were moved, likely you were concerned. One thing’s for sure-you could not stand by without doing something, so you took action and made a donation. Contributions poured in and incredibly, in a short time the requested funds were raised, and they changed the R. family’s life. Your donations enabled arrangements to be made to find them a new, clean, respectable apartment, and they were swiftly moved out of the old one and into the new. The funds made up for Zelda’s lost wages, enabling her and Peretz to provide the basics for their children – like healthy food. It covered daily living expenses and bills they just couldn’t cover before.
There has been an emotional transformation as well. Though Peretz & Zelda are still facing the challenge of their lives (working to battle Sara Leah’s disease) a new sense of calm, a sense of relief has settled in. They no longer have to worry about mold and mildew, and how it may be making Sara Leah sicker. They can now focus all their energies on getting her well. None of this could have happened without your generous help. Thank you.
Your donation to Sara Leah’s story was life changing. If you would like to make a change in someone else’s life, please consider helping Yehuda K., a young father battling Multiple Sclerosis. You can read about Yehuda here.
With very heavy hearts and many tears there is some devastating news to share about Malkie. Unfortunately after many months of bravely fighting for her life with many ups and downs, she passed away yesterday, September 6th, 4 Elul. She was not yet seven years old.
Needless to say, everyone who was in some way connected to her story has been deeply affected by this heart wrenching tragedy.
Click here to read a thank you letter written by malky’s father.
Thank you letter
Remember the G. family? They were blessed this past year they were blessed with adorable triplets as an addition to their already large family. Mr. G. suffers from a genetic deteriorative blindness and also has difficulty hearing. They turned to Milka’s Fund asking that we help them purchase a small electric cart to help him get to and from his kollel and minyanim.
Malky is still hospitalized in Hadassah. Unfortunately there has not been any major improvement with her GVHD. The doctors are trying many treatments but she has not responded to any of them. Although she is very weak and sleeps a lot, we do get her out of bed into a wheelchair for her to participate in the ward’s children’s school. She mostly does some arts and crafts but is limited because of her very weak condition.
Mr. and Mrs. R are bouncing back between the hospital and their home. Their physical and emotional energies are directed at Malky. The financial situation is dire. The family needs money for cleaning help, babysitting, food preparation, laundry, tutors to help with school work, transportation to and from the hospital, and much much more. Any help is truly appreciated and will go a long way and is the glue that is keeping this family from crashing.
Shulamit is a single parent who is an aguna for 8 years already. Her husband ran away to France, and left her behind without a divorce. He occasionally sends messages through third parties, that he’s ready to give a divorce only on condition that he doesn’t give any child or financial support at all.
Aliza and her family were forcibly evacuated from Nitzan (a borderline settlement part of the Gush Katif region). They were forced to leave their previous home, job, neighbors, and basically restart their whole life.
Miriam’s husband was mentally ill, and as it worsened, he was eventually placed in a mental facility. At one point, he committed suicide and left his wife alone with 3 children.
Rivka’s family used to be very well-to-do, and live a very peaceful, and content life. Her father was a successful contractor and businessman, until about nine years ago, when he partnered with someone on a real estate investment. Unbeknownst to her father, he was partnered with a family of crime, and by the time he found out it was too late. They severely entangled him into a financial mess, and threatened to cause him much harm if he reported to the authorities.