Heroes for Life was founded in 2013 by three IDF officers who served together in an elite unit for eight years and then embarked on their post-army trip together- a trip most IDF soldiers go on after completing their military service. On Rosh Hashana, the three stayed at a "Beit Chabad", on the Ko Samui Island in Thailand, along with more than 1500 other Israelis. They were astounded by the tremendous number of Israelis travelling to such poor countries, and this is when the idea was born: to capitalize on this precious resource of post-army travelers in order to make the world a better place. To do acts of "tikkun olam" and at the same time, show the world the true face of IDF soldiers. Every decade, around 400,000 Israelis travel to developing countries as part of their post-army trip.
Heroes for Life intends to leverage this, and turn Israel into a charity superpower with the help of the thousands of Israelis who travel to Third World countries. Our first branch in Mumbai opened with great success and our next branch in South America is on its way. Each delegation comprises dozens of Israelis who take time out during their trip to these countries to volunteer together for two weeks in orphanages, providing English lessons, personal hygiene instruction, art, renovation of the orphanage and more.
“I don’t think there is any other place in the world where people so young thought of something so noble”
(President of Heroes for Life, Former Israeli Air Force Commander, Major General Eliyzer Shkedy.)
We would be grateful for your support to enable us to succeed in our vision.
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