IsraAID

IsraAID's mission is to effectively support and meet the changing needs of populations as they move from crisis to reconstruction, rehabilitation, and eventually, to sustainable living. This commitment is expressed in emergency relief and sustainable development, with an emphasis on the transition between them.
Feb 21, 2017

IsraAID in Italy

Distributing heaters in January
Distributing heaters in January's bitter cold

In January, 2017, as a response to the bitter cold and the snow-covered winter months, IsraAID supported families still living in camps by distributing much needed winter supplies as temperatures plummet to -18 C. The team was welcomed by the Mayor of Amatrice, Mr. Pirozzi, who on behalf of the town expressed his gratitude for the continued assistance.

"I'm very happy to see you again” said Giulianna, a survivor of the earthquake, “it is a gift for us when we, the Amatrice community, need it the most.” 

It was the 24th of August 2016, 76 kilometres (47 miles) southeast from the city of Perugia, when the 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy causing major damages and destruction of thousands of homes, buildings, and infrastructures. 296 people were killed in the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. Approximately 4,454 people were displaced in the regions of Lazio, Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo.

IsraAID responded to the emergency, arriving less than 36 hours after the earthquake struck, bringing a team of 20 Search and Rescue professionals to pull people from the rubble. IsraAID also brought Italian speaking psychologists to help mitigate the long-term effects of the traumatic events in Amatrice and its surroundings area. IsraAID staff worked side by side with government institutions and partners to ensure a reasonable level of safety for all people. The support structure included coordinating efforts of multiple sectors of the government, bi- and multilaterals, civil society organizations, and the private sector, to accomplish mission objectives to support the national health policies and strategies already in place.

We look strong, but inside we are destroyed” Pietro, 65 Torrita

IsraAID’s Italian speaking psychologists and therapists worked to provide psychological first aid and long term support in Torrita, Amatrice, Mussicchio, Cornillo Nuovo, Colli, Collemoresco, ANSAP and Scai camps. The team worked with all levels of service providers and the affected population including women, youth, children, and the elderly to normalizing stress reactions and ease distress levels. The impact of providing psychological support to survivors was immediate and positive.

Furthermore, 25 police officers and 32 social service providers participated in the psychological first aid training by using tailor-made curricula specific to the context of the earthquake in Italy. The training focused on the definition and symptoms of trauma, resilience, and resources. The training and sessions offered to them were meant to help build their capacity, bolster their personal coping mechanism, and offer them an outlet, given their own stress.

Total beneficiaries 527, and indirect beneficiaries, over 3000.

IsraAID thank you for helping us supporting the population of Amatrice and the surrounding areas when they needed our care the most. IsraAID continues to support populations in need around the world, thanks to donations from people  such as yourself – thank you!

Photographer: Mickey Noam-Alon
Photographer: Mickey Noam-Alon
Feb 21, 2017

IsraAID in Louisiana

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IsraAID's team cleaning up after the floods
Following the devastating flooding in August 2016, IsraAID deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge, LA to assist in recovery and reconstruction efforts. Between August 8th 2016 and August 14th 2016, Louisiana has been pummeled by over 6.9 trillion gallons of rain. Over 100,000 families were affected by this disaster and many of their homes were completely destroyed.
The team successfully completed work orders for 38 homes, prioritizing first responders who were aiding emergency efforts, those who did not have insurance or the financial means to clear the debris, and those who were unable to clean up their homes for any other number of physical/mental challenges. This initial cleaning stage was crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water, and open sewage. 
 
Our team was greeted with overwhelming gratitude from both our local partner and the individuals who had been affected by this disaster. Often with tears in their eyes, homeowners consistently thanked us for helping them in their time of greatest need and told us how much it meant that a team of emergency responders had come all the way from Israel to assist.
None of this work would have been possible with out the generous support of those who donated to this mission. We are tremendously grateful to the donors who made this mission possible and allow us to continue responding to the people who need it most.
On behalf of the IsraAID team, as well as the residents of Baton Rouge, we thank you for your incredibly generous support. 

 

Photographer: Elise Apap
Photographer: Elise Apap
Photographer: Elise Apap
Photographer: Elise Apap
Feb 2, 2017

Wonderful news from the Philippines

Alvin
Alvin

IsraAID Philippines’ programs are running successfully thanks to your continued support!

Three years have passed since Typhoon Yolanda devastated large parts of the country and the recovery process is still on-going - frequently interrupted by minor and major new typhoons.

Food Security and Agriculture

Our Food Security and Agricultural Livelihood Program is holding diverse training sessions engaging farmers in all stages of the production chain - from planning to marketing. The training sessions are given by IsraAID Philippines’ agronomists to members of the Cabintan's Farmers' Association – CALCOA.

One important topic of the training is pests prevention and fertilization technics. Implementing those technics in the fields increase the quality and quantity of the vegetable production under protected structures.

Alvin is one of the veteran members of CALCOA and he has been part of IsraAID's program since the establishment. Alvin wished to apply the technics of pests prevention and fertilization on his own private sweet pepper field. Therefore, Alvin began to change his usual practices to the new that he had just learned in the training. The new techniques included modifying the crops fertilization frequency to a weekly assignment; using power-sprayer; and using plastic tray in seedling production. Thanks to his successful implementation, there has been a considerable improvement in Alvin's sweet pepper production as he was able to triple his gross income to 450,000.00 PHP using a field measure of only 0.40 hectare.

IsraAID Philippines agronomist who facilitated this success, continued to coach Alvin helping him to improve his practice even more.  Moreover, Alvin's success motivated his fellow farmers to gain as much knowledge as possible from IsraAID's experts and encourage them to implement the new practices in their private fields as well.

Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support

The Mental Health and Psycho-Social program’s institutionalization is carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education during the current school year. Institutionalization means that the program is integrating psycho-social activities to the education system of the public schools in Ormoc, who suffered greatly from a devastating typhoon 3 years ago.

The program aims to raise awareness among students and their teachers of trauma and how to handle it, through providing tools and services using expressive arts therapy and the power and the dynamics of the class as a group. The activities are being integrated through the Values Education curriculum while all counselors and teachers in the city of Ormoc receives training given by IsraAID staff and core team facilitators. Altogether, classes from the 5th grade to 10th grade in more than 50 selected public schools in Ormoc City are co-facilitated by representatives who went through a training process by one of IsraAID’s therapists.

IsraAID's vision is to expand and to institutionalize more psycho-social support in municipal departments of education in other areas in the Philippines by integrating expressive arts psychosocial support activities to public school system curriculums.

Inauguration Ceremony 

Last but not least, IsraAID Philippines is happy to announce that the opening ceremony of Ipil National High School was held on January 31st. The school was severely damaged by typhoon Yolanda, many of the school facilities and class rooms were completely or partly demolished. IsraAID Philippines partnered with the Japanese Embassy to build a new two floor building and the inauguration ceremony was held this week, introducing a new chapter for the children of Ormoc.

Thank you for being a part of IsraAID Philippines!

Alvin
Alvin
The newly opened Ipil National High School
The newly opened Ipil National High School
Inauguration Ceremony
Inauguration Ceremony
IsraAID
IsraAID's team with the Japanese delegation
 
   

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