"Yedid" means "friend" in Hebrew. It's also the name of the largest Israeli organization dedicated to helping the country's poor and underprivileged. It was founded by Sari Revkin 13 years ago.
Sari Revkin was born in the United States but has lived in Israel since 1983. The aim of her organization is to empower others to help themselves, by offering an advisory service that is free of charge. People often come for advice about money problems or debts, or to learn about their rights at work or welfare entitlement. Most of the workers at Yedid are volunteers. There are now 23 Yedid centers spread throughout Israel, advising over 35,000 people a year.