Providing immediate relief to the Syrian refugees in Jordan
Our first team arrived in Jordan in June 2013, and began distributing emergency supplies and hygiene kits. Since then, reoccurring missions have only highlighted the overwhelming needs on the ground, and we are striving to meet them.
As the refugee camps in Jordan swell, and the needs for short and long-term support are increasing, IsraAID continues to provide emergency family packages. Each package is enough for one family of 6 – 8 people for one month and includes:
- Food Items: sugar, rice, powdered milk, beans, cans of tuna, tomato paste, lentils, soups, cheese, pasta and tea.
- Non-food Items: Blankets, clothes, mattresses, cooking utensils.
The needs of the refugees are overwhelming, and the UNHCR alone has yet to meet more than 40% of its budget estimate for the crisis.
- Coordinate the distribution of needed items to the refugees in the camps by working in collaboration with local government officials and NGOs
- Over 10 tons of aid distributed
- More than 7,000 people assisted.
Combatting Haiti's food security crisis and revolutionizing local agriculture in Léogâne - Project successfully phased out
The Haiti Grows model was developed as a response to the food security crisis, and aims to bring leading Israeli technology to Haiti, while catering to the specific needs of the local environment. The program offers 6 months of agriculture training that combine theory with practical learning through the joint development of a demonstration farm. Farmers are then connected to a local micro-financier to set-up their own garden, and are also connected to the Haiti Grows network of local and national buyers. In this way, Haiti Grows is able to provide a complete package to local farmers, and support them from the classroom to the supermarket.
To date, Haiti Grows has trained over 75 farmers, and facilitated the sale of over 1 ton of vegetables.
- Increase the agriculture output of local villagers
- Improve the nutritional content of local diets
- Strengthen community cooperation in agricultural activities through cooperatives
- Increase resistance to climate and market fluctuations
- Stimulate the creation of surplus cash for family needs such as education, health care, etc...
- Promote self-sustainability through local agricultural micro-financing
- Over 75 farmers trained from 3 different villages
- 2 demonstration farms erected
- More than 1 ton of vegetables harvested and sold
- Developed a network of 10 local and national buyers, including large supermarkets and restaurant chains
- Created the 'Haiti Grows' quality brand
- Improved the income-generating potential of over 300 villagers
RECREATIONAL AND EMPOWERMENT TRAINING AND WORKSHOP (RETAW) - LIBERIA
(Project ended December 2015)
Mental Health services are scarce in remote areas in Liberia and few professionals are equipped to meet the needs of children who have suffered severe distress and trauma during the Ebola outbreak. For children to cope and to heal, there is an immense need for psychosocial support.
In addition, many women confront challenges including limited means of transportation, lacking healthcare infrastructure and limited access to medical personnel.
IsraAID’s Recreational and Empowerment Training and Workshop (RETAW) began with a two-day pilot training program to structure the long-term project. Professionals that participated in training sessions were directly supervised and monitored in the field. Local outreach efforts raised awareness on issues related to gender-based violence and eased access to relevant community resources and health care services.
- Provide training to incorporate lessons learned in the field and improve implementation of activities for professionals
- Strengthen communication among trainees to provide continued holistic support
- 136 professionals; social workers and mental health professionals were trained in play and recreational-based activities to support children affected by Ebola in the region.
- Facilitated 3 months of trainee supervision and monitoring to evaluate quality and efficiency of program and activity implementation.
- Outreach on use of alternative therapies with children to local mental health professionals, social workers, and community members.
LIBERIA - COMMUNITY DIALOGUES FOR CHANGE: ENGAGEMENT AND MULTI SECTORAL TRAINING FOR THE REDUCTION OF GBV
(Project ended June 2015)
A joint program with IsraAID and UNICEF/UNFPA on prevention and reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), generated through healthy community dialogue. The 6-week program involved training sessions for healthcare workers, law enforcement, social workers, and care givers in addition to providing resources for GBV survivors.
The project was facilitated in 4- stages: 1) Multi-sectoral GBV training; 2) Training of facilitators for community dialogues in five different locations 3) Community dialogues on GBV carried out by local facilitators 4) Structuring of local interventions and targeted projects at the community level.
- Work with professionals across sectors to raise awareness about GBV and support GBV reduction efforts.
- Connect community leaders and community dialogue facilitators to appropriate resources for healthcare and services for GBV survivors and for women at risk.
- Identify specific GBV issues and encourage community dialogues to seek local solutions
- 30 professionals trained in GBV reduction methods and activities including law enforcement, social workers, nurses, community leaders, correctional officers, and government officials with focus on psycho-social support and improved access to community resources
- 10 community dialogue facilitators trained
- 5 community dialogue sessions held in five different regions of Liberia
- Ongoing outreach and information gathering on GBV prevention for community members to access local health services and resources
RECONSTRUCTION AND RECOVERY - PHILIPPINES
Rebuilding key health and education structure
Prior to the Typhoon, Ormoc was home to 50,488 students enrolled in 97 public schools and taught by 1,544 teachers. Yolanda damaged 95% of school buildings, destroying 92 (7%) classrooms and rendering 55% (692) of them roofless and unusable. Among these, Ipil Central School and Ipil National High School were severely damaged by the Typhoon and are in dire need of repair and reconstruction. IsraAID contracted a local engineer to assess the renovation costs in both schools. For the time being two buildings are scheduled to be ready by the end of February 2014.
In addition, as part of its 'adoption' of Ipil district, IsraAID is renovating and equiping the District Health Center and the San Antonio Barangay Health Station and daycare center.
- Rebuild Key health and educational buildings to support local public infrastructure
- Provide basic equipment and materials for the above
- Rebuilt the roof of the Ipil district Health Center that caters to a population of 29,571
- Reconstruction underway in the San Antonio Barangay Health Station and daycare center and the Ipil National High School
FIGHTING URBAN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
Our professional trainers are leading workshops on new methods of counseling and case-management for community agents working with GBV survivors in the Port-au-Prince area
We developed a new expert training program for community agents who work with victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Port-au-Prince area. We have established a partnership with KOFAVIV, a local organization that provides a wide variety of services for GBV survivors in the capital city. The training is geared at both female and male community agents and will focus on methods of identification and counseling as well as post-trauma assistance, combining traditional and alternative approaches.
- Strengthen the capacity of local female and male professionals who directly work with GBV survivors
- Provide knowledge of traditional and alternative methods of counseling and post-trauma assistance
- Address needs and concerns relevant to the target population and the specific location
- Provide hands-on case simulations together with methods of coping/addressing the different scenarios
- Improve case management skills
Promoting Resilience - Kenya
Psychosocial training for non-specialized workers in Kakuma
The program aims at the capacity building of the non-specialized services in Kakuma Refugee camp, as the most extensive way of spreading psycho-social services within the camp community. The goal is to assist the refugees' post-traumatic state and deep-rooted anxiety by creating an emotional supportive safe environment among the agencies working in the camp.
- To enhance service providers' facilitation, and educational and psychosocial skills for vulnerable communities
- To help service providers develop skills to identify and address the consequences of extreme stress of students in order to create a stronger emotional support mechanism in the school
- To accompany service providers in their efforts to develop their own local oriented initiatives with the aim to enlarge welfare services for refugees and host communities in the future
- To develop a support network among the different service providers
- Two training sessions for Don Bosco teachers were conducted
- A basic information and support mechanism was founded
- Implementation of practiced techniques was conducted
LEAP (LÉOGÂNE EDUCATIONAL ACCESS PROJECT) - HAITI
To reach long term sustainability, we are focusing on economic development, and promoting the next generation of community leaders and educators in Haiti - Project successfully phased out
In August 2010, TBT and IsraAID began working in the rural areas of Léogâne, the epicenter of the earthquake. The projects in this region revolve around three community centers, which provide access to adult education, diversion activities and leadership training for youth, and activities for children. Additionally, a women’s craft cooperative was set up in order to provide an economic platform for women. A primary health care clinic was also established in cooperation with the Delaney Bay Foundation. The project was entitled LEAP after the name of the community center - the Léogâne Educational Access Project (LEAP) - which aims to increase education levels and provide livelihood skills for the greater Léogâne area.
- The establishment of an educational and vocational training center in Léogâne, Haiti
- Increasing access to educational opportunity
- Increasing access to vocational training
- Developing the potential of youth leadership
- Availability of cultural and recreational activities
- Strengthening of community through education and the promotion of volunteerism
- Established 3 community centers and 1 central institution in the greater Léogâne region offering adult education and community development activities, reaching over 30,000 people
- Trained and mentored 1 successful women’s craft cooperative (DAM DAM) that supports 75 women and their families
- Founded a local clinic serving the greater Leogane area that treated 60-70 patients a day for over 2 years
- Facilitated the creation of a successful youth leadership group, who regularly implement activities for the community
Strengthening Leyte's health response to Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines
IsraAID's team arrived in the Philippines and travelled to Tacloban city via military aircraft (C-130) to begin its humanitarian mission. Upon consultation and coordination with municipal and national authorities, as well as OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), the team joined St. Paul's hospital and immediately began treating patients. 3 days later, after seeing hundreds of patients, the team was relieved by permanent aid groups, donated its remaining stock of medicine and food/water, and travelled to Ormoc City to regroup with the arriving second contingent from Israel, and restock.
Once in Ormoc, at the request of the City Department of Health (CDH), and in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), IsraAID adopted the district of Ipil (population 29,571). There, together with the local health personnel (approximately 100), the organization developed a new model for the symbiotic and synergetic combination of international medical teams into the local health infrastructure. This new system was highly successful, earning the commendation of the US government liaison and the WHO, and the subsequent addition of the city's most populous district - Cogon (population 44,596). Within these two districts, IsraAID is providing daily support to local health centers and running mobile health clinics, together with American, German, and Filipino medical volunteers and partners. In addition, the organization was also donated portable water filters and over 1 ton of medical supplies by supporting international organizations, rebuilt the roof of the Ipil District Health Center (DHC), and is in the process of rebuilding the roof of the San Antonio health station and daycare center.
Finally, to help meet the urgent medical needs of some of Ormoc's neighboring municipalities, IsraAID also organized 1-2 day weekly mobile clinics in villages from Kananga and Albuera municipalities. The project was completed on December 31st, 2013.
- Provide emergency medical treatment to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
- Strengthen local health actors
- Support national and international efforts to map out Leyte health needs and monitor their
- Treated over 5,000 patients in 2 months
- Donated over 2 tons of medical equipment
Providing immediate relief to the Syrian refugees in Jordan
IsraAID's first team arrived in Jordan in June 2013, to distribute emergency supplies and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees living in camps throughout Jordan. Since then, reoccurring missions have only highlighted the overwhelming needs on the ground. Over 10 tons of aid was distributed and more than 7,000 people recieved assistance by IsraAID.
Kakuma Heals - Kenya
We have initiated a 4-month-long pilot program of psychosocial outreach training for community-workers through an arts-based certificate program, in collaboration with Haifa University and Don Bosco. During the 4 months intensive training the students will acquire knowledge and tools in different fields related to psychosocial assistance and relevant to their specific context. The participant will also participate in 50 hours of practical training, incorporating their skills within the camp's existing agencies, and enlarge the scope of psychosocial services available to the refugee community, all while under the guidance and supervision of our professional team.
- To teach psychosocial tools to a pilot group of refugee-students, towards the realization of a recognized certificate form Don Bosco-Haifa University-IsraAID. (theoretical and practical courses)
- To teach students how to design and implement their own social services
- To accompany students in the implementation of services for the benefit of the refugee and host community (Special emphasis will be put on protection issues, e.g. child protection, mental health, and Gender-Based Violence)
- 19 students are participating regularly in the program
- Afternoon program led by the students are offering Music activities to refugee children
- Significant learning process is detected
VOICES OF TOHOKU - JAPAN
Psycho-social support, resilience training, and oral history interviews for survivors of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake
Created a month after the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the Voices of Tohoku project began as a series of psychosocial activities to help prevent trauma, increase resilience, and expand the coping mechanisms of survivors of the disaster. Today, our Voices of Tohoku project includes regular trauma prevention activities conducted by highly experienced Israeli and International trauma professionals, and assisted and gradually replaced by the graduates of the Healing Japan project. In addition, the project includes a series of cultural community events within the temporary housing centers, hosted in partnership with local municipalities and the Japanese branches of global companies.
IsraAID helps victims of Superstorm Sandy
November: After superstorm Sandy devastated large sections of the Eastern United States, IsraAID sent a team to help with the recovery and rehabilitation in New York City, managing one of the largest teams of volunteers in the relief efforts in Breezy Point and the Rockaways.
IsraAID Sends Team to Japan after Earthquake and Tsunami
March 2011: IsraAID's team was one of the first to arrive on the scene in Tohoku following a colossal 9.0 earthquake that triggered a tsunami with waves reaching 40.5 meters. More than 30,000 lost their lives, with over 250,000 left homeless. After initial relief efforts, IsraAID is addressing the incredible trauma of this tragedy, focusing on mental health training for professionals .
Israeli Involvement In Africa – Past, Present And Future Conference
May: "Israeli involvement in Africa - Past, Present and Future", was the first conference, outside the academia in Israel that sought to bring together people from various fields who are involved in events in Africa through their work. Highlighted by the presence of keynote speaker Bob Geldof, the Irish rockstar and humanitarian activist behind the Band Aid and Live Aid charity campaigns, the conference brought together a wide range of speakers and participants that included Idan Raichel, Dr. Yehuda Paz, Dr. Inon Schenker, and many more.
By taking into consideration three sectors - business, social, and media/ entertainment, the conference aimed to foster multi-disciplinary dialogue as a catalyst for creating an optimistic worldview in Africa and generate significant positive change for its future.
DAM DAM - HAITI
Empowering women by providing an eco-friendly handicraft cooperative - Program successfully phased out
In Haiti, women are deeply marginalized. Since the tremor, incidences of violence against women have risen dramatically. DAM DAM, or ‘Women Women’ in Creole was created to empower woman and create employment opportunities within the community. The project is operated by a network of 75 women from IsraAID’s 3 rural communities.
- Provide income generating employment
- Empower women
- Provided trainings in recycled handicraft making, business strategy, management, and marketing
- Created a brand that is sold both nationally and internationally
- Operated by a network of over 75 women
Aid to Famine victims in Kenya
August - December: IsraAID sent teams to the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps to provide food and emergency supplies to communities of refugees and Kenyans suffering from what the UN has dubbed 'the world's worst food crisis'. The organization plans to remain involved, with capacity-building the likely program.
A Second Olamot Mission Leaves to India:
July - IsraAID, in partnership with Hillel sent a group of 5 Jewish Canadian students and 5 Israeli students to volunteer together, first for 5 days in Israel, and then in India for 3 more weeks.
Aid to Flood Victims in Pakistan
After extreme rains and flooding that directly affected over 20 million people, IsraAID rebuilt a school that was severely damaged in Pakistan.
KLINIK KOMINOTÉ - Haiti
The Klinik Kominoté model was developed in response to the significant loss of medical health care services that were unfortunately already insuficient prior to when the quake had struck. This program offered medical care, and free medicine to citizens. Our program was staffed by a 6 member local medical team. Foreign medical volunteers provided support and additional training. A mobile clinic traveled to villages on a weekly basis. Extra health education & psycho-social counselling was provided. We were ultimately successful at opening a clinic Novemeber 2010.
IsraAID Medical team helps the Philippines after Typhoon
October - A medical team of doctors and nurses rushed off to the Philippines after it was devastated by Typhoon Ketsana. The team saw over 300 patients a day for several weeks, often having to reach them via boat in the flooded areas of Northern Luzon and Metro Manila.
Jewish students from Hillel Israel & North America volunteer together in India
July - IsraAID, in partnership with Hillel Israel, initiated a unique program which offers Hillel students from Israel and North America the opportunity to volunteer for one month in Israel and a developing country through Jewish programs. The first group of 5 Jewish Canadian students and 5 Israeli students began in July, first volunteering for 5 days in Israel and afterwards in India for 3 more weeks.
IsraAID Advising in Israel on the Darfur Situation in Sudan
2007 - 2008 - The knowledge acquired by the IsraAID/HIAS program in Chad enabled IsraAID to become an active advisory group to various Israeli government offices including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister's office, and the Ministry of Interior.
Post Trauma relief program in India
December - IsraAID sent a post trauma expert mission to aid the victims of the terror attack on the Indian population in Mumbai India. Two Israeli experts provided direct assistance to children, families and local public workers who were affected by the attack. In addition the team provided training to health workers in 3 local hospitals and social workers that would work with the victims in the long run.
Relief Mission After Earthquake in China
May - Following the severe earthquake that hit China, IsraAID sent an assessment and relief mission. Rafi Goldman from NISPED was sent to the field to appraise the situation. A long term rehabilitation program took place in the disaster area in partnership with the Chinese Cooperative movement which has hundreds of millions of members in the country.
Emergency Aid to Victims of Cyclone in Myanmar
May - IsraAID sent a relief effort to Myanmar following the disaster caused by Cyclone Nagrin. A team was sent to the field and distributed over 15 tons of much needed relief items directly to the victims, and helped rehabilitate the village of Tar Tite. Teams also provided medical training to over 500 local physicians and represented Israel.
Celebrity Awareness Tour to the Central African Republic
April - IsraAID, in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, initiated the "Israeli Goodwill Humanitarian Ambassador Program" which aims to raise awareness to global poverty issues within the Israeli public. The first trip took place in partnership with UNICEF and AJC, when Israeli singer Nurit Galron (and IsraAID board member Meira Abulafia) accompanied American actress Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to the Central African Republic (CAR) on a UNICEF awareness trip. After being exposed to the state of children in the CAR, singer Galron returned home to discuss and thus raise the Israeli public’s awareness to the issue. Additional trips are being planned.
Relief Mission to Aid Somali Refugee Camp Dadaab in Kenya
February - IsraAID sent an assessment and relief mission to the Somalia-Kenya border to provide assistance to Somali refugees living in camps in Kenya. Hundreds of Somali children received direct assistance, which included clothes and school items.
UN Awareness Conference # 2
11th October - IsraAID, in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv University, and the American Jewish Committee, held its second UN conference encouraging the Israeli public to join UN aid agencies. An estimated 1,000 people attended. Speakers included: Ms. Dina d'Amico (Human Resources specialist of the World Health Organization), Mr. Steven Wolfson (Head of the Israeli office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Mr. Jacob Duer (Senior Advisor to the UN Environment Program, and Ms. Mariam Yunusa (Coordinator at the World Urban Forum of the UN Habitat for Human Settlement).
Educational UN in Africa Television Series:
October - IsraAID initiated and partnered with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Jewish Committee to send Ruty Shiloni, a Channel 2 reporter, and Yoram Benita of the Israel Government Press Office to document four Israeli UN workers in Africa. The project’s goal was to introduce the Israeli public to global poverty and justice issues, and encourage them to become more involved in international social action issues by joining the UN and aid groups. Documentation covered four Israelis dealing with the following issues: UNICEF aid in the war torn genocide region of Darfur, WFP feeding program in war torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN Rwandan genocide Tribunal in Tanzania, and UNHCR camps for Somali refugees in Kenya.
Medical relief aid to earthquake victims in Peru
August - IsraAID/FIRST sent a relief mission that involved sending an Israeli medical aid mission of seven doctors and nurses to aid the earthquake victims in Peru. The team treated over 1500 people.
UN Awareness Conference # 1
3rd May - Together with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IsraAID facilitated its first UN awareness conference. It was held in partnership with Tel Aviv University and B'nai B'rith International. The conference exposed Israelis to the work of UN aid agencies and taught them about recruitment procedures for those interested in seeking employment opportunities with the UN. Five senior UN officials spoke at the conference: Dr. Esther Guluma (Regional Director Office for West Central Africa at UNICEF), Mr. Boaz Paldi (UN Development Program), Ms. Kirstie Campbell (Spokesperson to the Country Director of The World Food Program West Bank and Gaza Strip), Mr. Douglas Smith (Chief Human Resources Development Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization), and Mr. Asger Ryhl (Chief of the UN Population Fund Nordic Office in Copenhagen).
IsraAID Attends Tikkun Olam Conference in New York
11th June - IsraAID attended the Tikkun Olam conference held in NY by Tel Aviv University, the Pears Foundation, and the Bergman Family. The conference was held to help improve Jewish understanding of activities in developing countries. It was attended by 55 representatives of 35 Jewish groups from around the world.
Psycho-Social Program in Darfur Refugee Camps in Chad
2005 - 2009 - IsraAID initiated and partnered with HIAD to aid Darfurian refugees in Chad. IsraAID sent 9 Israeli professionals to this IsraAID/HIAS psycho-social Program. The program has treated tens of thousands of women and children, victims of the genocide currently being perpetrated in the Sudanese region of Darfur, who managed to flee to the camps in Chad.
Medical/Psychological Mission to Assist Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
September - IsraAID sent a medical/psychological relief mission to aid the affected community of New Orleans and the surrounding region. The Israeli team provided psychological treatment and medical support to hundreds of people.
Relief and Rehabilitation in the Tsunami Affected Regions of Sri Lanka and Thailand
January 2005 - January 2008 - IsraAID facilitated and led the Israeli relief and rehabilitation program in the Tsunami affected regions of Sri Lanka and Thailand. Over 1 million dollars were raised from Israeli & Jewish donors worldwide. IsraAID provided dozens of tons of relief items, built dozens of houses and distributed food to over 50,000 people. The team also provided training and rehabilitation programs in the area of micro finance, health and education.
International Awareness Program
2004 - 2008 - IsraAID has organized dozens of meetings between its members and thousands of students from around the world, as well as international media, foreign government representatives, and international and UN aid agencies, with the purpose of demonstrating Israel's aid to countries worldwide. Many of these meetings take place during visits of such groups and individuals to Israel.
Medical volunteer mission to Guyana
September - IsraAID sent a medical mission to Guyana in South America to help treat dozens of locals in need of medical aid as well as start educational programs.
Malnutrition program in Malawi
December - IsraAID operated in partnership with a local aid group a joint feeding program combating malnutrition in Malawi.
Relief mission to Volcano eruption region in DRCongo
January - IsraAID sent a relief medical relief mission to aid the volcano eruption victims in East Congo. Relief items included 15 tons of much needed basic supplies.
Professional Training course for heads of Israeli NGOs
2001 - 2002 - IsraAID held two training sessions (half a day each) in Kibbutz Yakum on International Humanitarian Law and International Cooperation methods. Over 35 heads of Jewish and Israeli NGOs attended the sessions. Speakers included representatives of UN agencies.