Argentina: Facing the Crisis
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), September 2011
This document presents an overview of JDC’s intervention in confronting the impoverishment of thousands of Jewish families in Argentina, especially during the severe socioeconomic crisis that engulfed the country starting in 2001. JDC led a comprehensive community effort that involved the concerted work of a diverse group of Jewish local institutions drawn together irrespective of religious orientation, ethnic background, or ideological affiliation. The comprehensive aid effort during the emergency included the provision of food, clothing, and medicines; subsidies for rent and utilities; and help with mortgage payments. It also included key initiatives to ensure the well-being of the most vulnerable members of the community, such as pregnant women, mothers and their babies, young children and teenagers, and the elderly. As the emergency abated, JDC’s efforts increasingly emphasized helping Argentine Jews regain their footing and self-sufficiency through job training, job placement assistance, support for various income-producing endeavors and support for education. As part of its three-pronged strategy, JDC focused not only on welfare and jobs but also on community building.
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Argentina: Facing the Crisis. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). September 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13382
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