Current statistics indicate that one out of every six couples are faced with the challenge of infertility. The pain and emotional trauma of childlessness is something no couple should have to endure. Certainly not due to a lack of financial means or other surmountable obstacles. Since its founding in 1999, Bonei Olam has set its mission to provide whatever means or resources necessary to help childless couples achieve the dream of parenthood.
Bonei Olam today maintains 18 regional chapters in 5 countries around the world. Each year, Bonei Olam provides millions of dollars in financial assistance to cover the prohibitive costs of fertility treatments and medical procedures. To date, over 5,000 children have been brought into the world through the financial assistance and resources provided by Bonei Olam.
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Hundreds of genetic research projects and medical breakthroughs, spearheaded by or in collaboration with Bonei Olam, will continue to make parenthood a reality for an infinite number of others beyond Bonei Olam's circle of direct beneficiaries.
Bonei Olam today is recognized in the worldwide medical arena for its leadership role at the forefront of reproductive medicine, research and technology. Our myriad programs cover every step up the process including financial assistance, work up, medication, high-risk pregnancy, pre-implantation, genetic diagnosis, pre-and-post cancer fertility, education, awareness, and adoption assistance.
Statement of Policy
The Board of Directors of Bonei Olam, Inc. has adopted the following Statement of Policy.
Decisions regarding funding and recipients are in the discretion of the Board of Directors of Bonei Olam, Inc. which may delegate decisions on individual applicants to a committee of the Board or the Executive Director. In selecting funding recipients, appropriate consideration shall be given to financial need, objective medical and physiological indicia, duration of marriage and number of progeny. No assistance will be provided to treatments utilizing third party reproduction. Preference may be given to applicants who, and/or members of their family, reside in areas where the organization has a significant contributor base.
The birth of Bonei Olam can be traced to one selfless act of kindness. One outpouring of magnanimity that has given rise to a fountainhead of hope, support and infinite life.
One of the founding Bonei Olam board members and his wife were on special consultation trip to an internationally renowned fertility expert in Europe. As part of a group from around the world, they came to explore various experimental procedures and treatment options not available through the conventional fertility field. The costs for these procedures were considerable and in order to be considered for treatment, participants were required to bring along ample cash to cover all testing and treatment fees, upfront. In addition to the expected fees for consultation and treatment, couples were told to bring additional cash for the possibility of any unexpected medicinal regimen or other drug treatment required to be considered as a candidate for treatment.
After preliminary testing, it was determined that one of the couples in attendance were ideal candidates for a specific steeply-priced procedure, which stood an extremely high chance of success. There was just one issue. Although the couple had brought along sufficient funds to cover the procedure, additional money was needed for certain expensive meds, as a perquisite for treatment. The couple did not have the money to cover the medications. The possibility of missing this opportunity for a child after they had literally come so close was heartbreaking. Sitting in the hotel lobby, this women shared her anguish with some of the women in attendance.
Often, all it takes is one small deed to initiate a revolution
Sitting amongst this small group was the woman who would ultimately, along with her husband, become the founding board members of Bonei Olam. Upon hearing this story, she immediately went to consult with her spouse. "We don't know what our chances are," she said. "Our fate is still up in the air. This couple has a real chance. Why don't we give them our funds? " And so it was; the joy and satisfaction of funding a miracle was first experienced in that far-off hotel lobby in Europe. The rest, as they say, is history.
The treatment succeeded. But beyond its success in bringing just one child into the world, that one encounter has given birth to an organization that has brought thousands of other children into the world.
The story became the impetus for this selfless couple along with several others to establish Bonei Olam.
The history and background of Bonei Olam is integral to its mission. The concept of providing others with an opportunity that one has yet to achieve for himself represents the epitome of our people's inborn generosity.
Indeed, the heart of Bonei Olam is the group founders and volunteers who themselves lived through the agonizing experience of childlessness. These selfless visionaries see their own personal struggle as a calling. The stark realization that finances and medical research are often the primary impediments for thousands of couples like themselves, who may never experience the joy of parenthood and the eternity of their legacy, drives them beyond the limits. It continues to be the catalyst behind Bonei Olam's success in raising tens of millions of dollars and ultimately bringing over 5,000 children into the world, whose legacies will be carried forth by countless descendants for all eternity.
This sense of personal commitment to the cause is also manifested in the sensitivity and compassion of Bonei Olam's staff toward protecting the dignity, the privacy and the spirits of our clients.