New Immigrant: Irina’s Story

It was even harder than she’d feared. Worried about being alone and friendless in a strange land, Irina had been uncertain about immigrating to Israel. It wasn’t easy to leave her homeland behind, along with a steady job and good friends. Yet the 51-year-old Ukrainian woman felt strongly moved to seek out a new life in the land of her forefathers.

As a new immigrant, Irina received a temporary apartment in the city of Karmiel. But she had no furnishings and the cupboards were bare. She learned that setting up home in a new country when you don’t arrive with wealth is no easy task. Soon, her initial insecurity turned to real anxiety.

Thankfully, because of generous CBN Israel donors, our local partners in Karmiel quickly stepped in and began helping with furnishing her apartment and buying her food. Irina was also given linens as well as many other home furnishings and supplies. “I had never met anyone who cared this much for me; their hearts are pure and the love they show is so real,” she says in wonder. Irina hopes to one day pass on the help she has received to other new immigrants going through the same hard process.

During this time of worldwide concern about the COVID-19 virus, the need remains urgent as CBN Israel continues providing food, medicine, shelter, and other necessities to those who desperately need our help.


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