From Foster Home to Foster Home: One Kallah’s Tragic Journey

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Leah Y of Bnei Brak was 12 years old when her father passed away. Immediately after his passing, her family began to disintegrate. Her mother became ill with cancer, and unable to function. One by one, the children were sent out of the house to live with foster parents. 

Leah was sent to live with multiple families. She describes that period of her life as one of her “greatest nightmares.” Only Gd knows what she endured.

Now 22 years old, Leah is on her own. She works hard at a job, and lives off of very little. 

However, after years of trauma, she believes that she may have a chance at a happy life. She is now engaged to be married, and is excited to start this new chapter.

Unfortunately, the groom’s family can’t afford to pay for both sides of the wedding, as well as getting the couple started on the right foot. Leah has had to face the facts: She has nothing for her wedding. The chuppah is scheduled for next week.

She has been left with one option: To ask for the help of strangers. A video on her campaign page shows the young woman wiping tears from her eyes. It is difficult to watch.

Whether you have lost a parent, been truly alone during an important time, or just cannot bear to see a young girl suffer, Leah’s story has begun to move people around the world. If she is able to reach her fundraising goal, she can live without fear for the first time in a decade. If she does not, this could be the next chapter in a series of painful events. 

Click HERE to help Leah get married. Donations will be accepted for a limited time.

Contributions can also be made to Kupat Ha’Ir foundation # 7025




3 COMMENTS

  1. I wish we would be makped to have her face blurred. Isn’t it enough to have to face the shame of turning to others for help? Do we really have to add salt to her wounds that she now has to feel self conscious when walking down the street that people may recognize her as that “poor orphan girl who can’t afford to get married”?

    I realize a face helps make the situation seem more real to us, but we need to think about her dignity as well. May Hashem be Gozer years of joy, happiness, blessings, and stability to her and her Chasan!

  2. Softwords – her face does not need to be blurred. She is an adult and consented to have the video made about her (in the thechesedfund.com page), as well the photos taken AND allowing the thechesedfund.com fundraiser to be set up in the first place.

    She has nothing to embarrassed or self-conscious about: she didn’t cause the situation she is currently facing.

    Besides, she seems to be on the cusp of changing her life for the better and could end up as an inspirational story to others overcoming similar, unfortunate situations.

  3. verbatim – my comment isn’t really direct to her alone, but rather in general. These people that are in need of assistance are told by others (professionals) that by having pictures and videos posted they will receive more help being that it causes people to have more rachamim.

    My point was that we need to try to work on ourselves to give without the need to know who we are giving to. The Rambam brings this down as a higher level of tzedaka being that it prevents unnecessary shame. It’s easy to make all the statements you made (such as “She has nothing to embarrassed or self-conscious about: she didn’t cause the situation she is currently facing.”) when it’s not you. It’s much harder to feel that way when it is you. Just be happy that you are not dealing with her nisayon. As a Gadol B’Yisrael once told me, “Ashirus is a much harder nisayon than Aniyus, but it is a much more comfortable nasiyon”.