Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers
AWIS-E is comprised of enthusiastic volunteers, mostly immigrants from English-speaking
countries, who aim to care for Israel’s soldiers, and for more than twenty
years part of the English-speaking group in "The
Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers (HaAguda LeMan HaChayal)”.
AWIS-E assists chayalim bodedim (soldiers with no family in Israel), grants
post-army scholarships for university study and raises funds to improve
the quality of life on army bases, by furnishing clubhouses, providing equipment,
debriefing rooms, refurbishment of existing structures, supply of TVs ,
heating units, and electrical appliances
AWIS-E also assists Mahal2000 overseas volunteers after arrival in Israel
until discharge from the IDF and hosts 'Mahalniks' for Shabbat and Chaggim.
AWIS-E is also involved in 'hasbara' and regularly holds film evenings
in the auditorium at Beit Goldmuntz Soldier's Home. "Relentless", produced
by Honest Reporting, was screened in the autumn and the audience was addressed
by the director, Brian Spector. The Oscar-winning documentary "The Long
Way Home" was recently shown. This is an outstanding educational tool,
which is now being loaned out to local schools for their Matric English
AWIS-E is financed by donors wishing to commemorate a special occasion or
to honour a loved one. So far over $1.2 million has been raised. Our volunteers
bear their own expenses and 100% of the donations are directed to our projects.
A reception is held on the selected IDF base, and donors are honoured with
a dedication plaque that bears witness to the gratitude of the soldiers
whose lives are enhanced.
Our major fundraising efforts are "120 Club" (an Annual Draw - donation
$120 a ticket) and an “Annual Calendar” (sponsored by donors - donations
ranging from $100 - $1,000).