Supporting displaced parents and children, simultaneously.
In April 2021, La Soufrière volcano erupted in northern St. Vincent. Over 22,000 people were displaced, including over 6,600 children. People sought refuge in schools, churches, and community centers, and in private homes of friends and relatives.
In order to ‘help the helpers’, IsraAID trained 23 social workers, school counselors, and healthcare workers from the Ministries of Health, Education, and National Mobilization in psychosocial support, in collaboration with the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York. They then supported over 170 frontline workers, including police, shelter managers, psychologists, church leaders, teachers, and government colleagues.