Meet Malka Lonsky

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Malka Lonsky personifies perseverance. After fleeing the Soviet Union, war broke out in her home country of Moldova when she was just seven years old. Her father was drafted into the Moldovan army so her mother, youngest brother and she escaped to Uzbekistan, where they suffered extreme poverty. Malka's mother earned very little an often needed to steal food to feed her children. The family eventually moved to the Ural Mountains and, in 1945, were finally able to return to their home, only to discover their house had been destroyed. Destitute, the family attempted to rebuild their lives under Soviet rule.

In 1973, Malka moved to Israel with her husband and two children, settling in Tiberias. When Malka's husband died in 1992, she moved to Hadera to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Today, Malka lives alone in a tiny apartment in Hadera. A volunteer of La'ad, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), came to her home to assess her eligibility for an emergency grant. She desperately needed a new mattress and refrigerator, but her income of $1,400 a month barely covered rent, transportation and medications.

"Thanks to the support from La'ad and The Associated, I was able to buy a new mattress and refrigerator which made my home much more comfortable," Malka said. 

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