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Founded in 2001, IsraAID is an Israeli non-governmental organization that has led development and relief programs in over 40 countries.
IsraAID's mission is to support the efforts of local communities affected by war, natural disaster, acute poverty and massive displacement to move from emergency situations to sustainable living.
This commitment is expressed in 1) emergency relief and 2) sustainable development, with a focus on the transition between them.
When & Where
IsraAID operates in countries affected by war, natural disaster, acute poverty and massive displacement. It arrives during a crisis, facilitates a transition to development and sustainability, and then exits within 5 years.
What & How
IsraAID's activities focus on a combination of emergency relief aid and long-term development, integrated with education and advocacy in the developed world. IsraAID's operations are integrated responses that emphasize post-exit impact.
Delivery of food, relief materials, and medical supplies
Search and rescue
Demolition, construction and renovation
(Agriculture, Mental health, Physical health, Education, Youth Leadership, vocational training)
Organizational networking and coordination
IsraAID ‑ A Decade of Humanitarian Aid
Since its inception in 2001, IsraAID has become synonymous with a rapid response to humanitarian crises. Its medical teams, search & rescue units, post trauma experts, community specialists and other Israeli professionals have led international relief teams in natural disasters and civil strife around the world. These have included assistance to victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, floods in Kenya, war in Georgia, earthquakes in Peru, Hurricane Katrina in the US, terror attack victims in India, communities devastated by cyclones in Myanmar and the Philippines, flooding in Pakistan, earthquake in Haiti, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and most recently Hurricane Sandy in the USA.
As the organization has grown and matured, it has expanded its platform to include long-term development assistance to vulnerable and at-risk populations around the world. This new model puts IsraAID in the unique position of being able to support the emergency needs of a population in distress, and then help it build a strong and sustainable basis for a better future.
Initially developed in Sri Lanka following the 2004 South Asia Tsunami, where IsraAID remained till 2010, the organization discovered that having highly professional response teams on the ground in an emergency situation created a strong foundation for effective needs assessments, as well as long-term partnership and dialogue with local organizations and governments.
Since then, IsraAID has launched numerous such programs around the world, notably in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, in Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and in South Sudan following its declaration of independence in July 2011.
IsraAID's success is built on three fundamental values: Professionalism, Innovation and Partnership.
Professionalism ‑ Over the last ten years, one of IsraAID's trademarks has been its ability to draw from its ever expanding networks of concerned and highly experienced professionals. From world leading therapists to Israel's top agronomists, the organization offers cutting edge technology and the latest in each sector of activity, while creating day-to-day sustainability through a minimal core group of seasoned aid workers.
Innovation ‑ Every community and country is different, and so are their needs and means of fulfilling them. As a result, an organization's success in the field is directly linked to its ability to respond to these changing needs, while remaining effective and goal orientated. After more than a decade operating in the most unstable and challenging disasters and emergency situations of the 21st century, IsraAID has created an innovative structure that gives its projects a combination of long-term sustainability and short-term flexibility.
Partnership ‑ In order to ensure the long-term success of projects, it is imperative that the local population be involved at every stage of a project ‑ from planning to implementation, all the way to the final monitoring and evaluation. For this reason, IsraAID builds strong personal and professional connections with all the different stakeholders operating on the ground (government, international and national organizations, and the local communities themselves) in order to efficiently and effectively facilitate long-term sustainability and local ownership of its programs.
Haiti ‑ IsraAID arrived in Haiti 4 days after the devastating January 2010 earthquake, and initial efforts focused on relief and emergency aid. Since then, IsraAID's goal has been to facilitate and empower local communities' efforts to help themselves. Working both in the capital and 3 rural villages around the Leogane area (the epicenter of the quake), the approach is a holistic one, focusing on improved access to education, economic development and health services.
To date, IsraAID's project in Haiti has reached over 30,000 people through activities such as sexual education, health and hygiene awareness, language courses, computer classes, leadership training for youth, arts, sports, and many more. In addition, more than 15,000 people have been treated by IsraAID's clinic and outreach center.
To empower women and provide economic opportunities, the DAM DAM ('Dam' means woman in Creole) project trained 75 local women in recycled papier-mâché art and their handicrafts are now being sold in the US.
Finally, in an effort to promote self-sustainability, the 'Haiti Grows' project is providing agriculture training to representatives of local farmer's associations, as well as advising local UN agricultural policies and setting up demonstration plots for Habitat for Humanity.
South Sudan ‑ As the government of South Sudan struggles to build the world's newest country, over4 decades of civil war, tribal warfare, and poverty have had devastating effects on the country's population. Violence, sexual abuse, and rape have become widespread, and young displaced girls are the most at-risk. IsraAID has been active in the country since July 201, and early efforts focused on much needed relief items for hundreds of displaced Nuba refugees and to a destitute leper colony outside Juba, the capital.
In March 2012, based on its needs assessment, IsraAID launched a long-term project aimed at providing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) training for government and local NGO social workers. Recently, during the summer of 2012, the project expanded to include other regions of the country, notably Yei.
In addition, the success of IsraAID's training led to a groundbreaking joint-training for Juba police and social workers ‑ a first-of-its-kind initiative that has already had an immediate impact on the country's policies and management of GBV. The training was hosted in partnership with Adam Smith International (on behalf of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development), and will serve as the basis for IsraAID's ongoing GBV work in South Sudan.
Japan ‑ Since the March 11th massive earthquake and tsunami, IsraAID has sent over 10 delegations to Japan. Initial donations of emergency relief items and educational material quickly evolved into a long-term program to train thousands of local professionals in post-trauma techniques so they can provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands traumatized by the devastation of the tsunami.
In 2012, IsraAID is expanding its operations further to include a youth empowerment program and a documentation project. The Youth Project is in partnership with global brands such as Hilton, and will provide local youth with life skills, leadership training, group building knowledge, and regular internships within major companies.
'Voices of Tohoku', the second IsraAID 2012 initiative, is a documentation project that will allow hundreds of Tohoku survivors to 'tell their story' in front of a camera. Using techniques developed with Holocaust survivors by world-renown professor Dr. Amiya Lieblich, these interviews will help strengthen local residents, provide communities with a permanent library of experiences and memories from the disaster and the times before, and will also serve as a basis for global research on disaster management and trauma.
Myanmar ‑ Since the 2008 cyclone, IsraAID has been supporting livelihood programs for communities of the Ayeyarwaddy region. The program is based on micro-loans, and includes the distribution of health education books and SW/FM radios for early storm warning purposes. Priority is given to those led by widows and HIV infected women. As of 2012, all loans have been repaid, allowing for a 100% success rate, and the addition of new families to the program. In 2012, IsraAID is launching basic medical services and leadership training in the area.
Kenya ‑ In 2011, the horn of Africa suffered from the worst drought in 60 years. Dubbed the 'world's worst food crisis' by the UN, hundreds of thousands died, and more than 12 million are still at risk. IsraAID responded to the call for help by distributing food and emergency relief items to tens of thousands of refugees and locals fleeing famine and violence.
In 2012, IsraAID is providing trauma training to the medical and psycho-social staff of national and international organizations active in refugee camps throughout Kenya.
United States ‑ In November 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated large sections of the Eastern United States. Combining strong winds, ocean surges and heavy rain (and snow in some states), Sandy was a storm the likes of which have not been seen in over 80 years. In New York's Breezy Point, thousands were displaced when their homes were destroyed or flooded with sea water and sewage. IsraAID sent a team on the ground to help with the community's recovery and rehabilitation.