Who we are
WIZO is the largest social welfare organisation in Israel. WIZO helps vulnerable and disadvantaged Israeli citizens, regardless of age, race or religion, to become self-sufficient and contributing members of society. With over 250,000 members in 50 countries worldwide, WIZO is the main agent for change for people in Israel.
For 100 years, WIZO has been supporting vital projects across Israel including day care centres, vocational training schools, shelters for women and children, centres for girls at-risk, youth villages and also boarding schools. WIZO runs life-changing programmes that support single parent families, immigrants, vulnerable teenagers and the elderly, as well as providing dedicated hotlines responding to issues around parenting, legal problems and domestic violence for men and women.
WIZO has always been an integral part of the fabric of Israel and its social welfare support system.
In 1959, WIZO was recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and was granted consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). WIZO’s unique approach means that we do not complete projects as an act of charity and move on.
WIZO’s long term presence and experience is well-respected which means we are able to work with the Government, local municipalities and the many different communities throughout Israel. We equip individuals with the skills, tools and opportunities they need to succeed. We do not just believe in giving people handouts – rather we empower people to help themselves.