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“Everyone Needs to Eat”: Kfar Sava Youth Heed the Call to Help Local Farmers

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Participants in Dror Israel’s youth movement volunteered in the fields of Moshav Tomer in the Jordan Valley. Maya Omri (17): “If we don’t help, it’ll hurt us too”

Maya Omri (17), from Dror Israel’s youth movement chapter in Kfar Sava knew what she was doing when she and her friends joined the emergency voluntary effort on farms in Israel’s south.

“At the end of the day it is Israeli farms like these that put food on our tables. If we don’t act now, we are all going to hurt,” Omri said.

Maya Omri, picking eggplants on Moshav Tomer

“My group members and I went to volunteer on Moshav Tomer in the Jordan Valley for three days,” Omri explained. “We decided to do this because we understood that it’s really important to help our agriculture! Because of the coronavirus, there aren’t enough agricultural workers. The harvest has been totally ruined, along with the farmers’ livelihood.”

Omri and her friends were glad to be part of a youth movement that offered its members ways to do their part in assisting others in need. They felt first-hand the empowerment of coming together to fight the Covid-19 crisis.

“We were very happy to have the amazing opportunity to help farmers, and we feel really meaningful. The farmer who we helped told us that if we hadn’t come to help him, he would have had to completely give up on his harvest.”

Of course, getting out in nature and breathing fresh air after spending so much time inside has its own benefits.

“After a long time in lockdown, we got to leave our homes, be with our friends from our youth movement group, and have a good time together during these scary and confusing times. It was amazing and exciting.”

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