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.
Mar 1, 2017

"A boat is coming!"

First Aid - Workshop
First Aid - Workshop

IsraAID Greece is currently operating in two locations - 1) The Island of Lesbos, 2) Northern Greece. 

February 17th 4:30AM - Lesbos, IsraAID's medical staff got a phone call - "A boat is coming!" - a boat was approaching the south shore of the island. IsraAID's team of one doctor and a nurse were called to the shore, where 40 individuals were safely brought to land. The medical team started examining arrivals one by one - providing psychological first aid and support in Arabic. Receiving support in Arabic had a huge impact on the Arabic speaking individuals as they were arriving on a rubber boat to a foreign land in the middle of the night. IsraAID's Arabic speaking staff accompanied them on the bus to the camp and explained the procedures and what to expect next. Two children received additional help and comfort as they showed clear signs of fear and anxiety. 

Since February, 2017 IsraAID is a part of a medical clinic in Kara Tepe, a refugee camp which serves as a home to 1100 Arabic speaking refugees. IsraAID’s medical staff is working closely with the camp management, the local hospital, and partner organizations to support the needs of the population, with the unique capacity of service provision in the refugees’ mother tongue. In addition, the team promotes public health in the camp through tailored made programs based on public health trends and needs in the camp.

IsraAID’s staff are addressing the many patients with chronic conditions who arrived to Lesbos after a long period without treatment or access to medical care. Most beneficiaries are suffering from acute problems, (e.g. Asthma and COPD exacerbation, diabetes, etc.) aggravated by the instability and stress caused by the lack of routine and the severe conditions of the journey.

Northern Greece 

IsraAID began it operation in Northern Greece in December 2015 and continues to adapt programs and services according to the changing needs of the situation. IsraAID is currently operating in three refugee camps and shelters hosting the most vulnerable, identified and selected by UNHCR. The organization’s work focuses on providing psychosocial support for refugees, offering community based activities and one on one sessions to a varied population, while adapting every intervention to the unique setting and needs of the community.

Over the coming year IsraAID plan to expand the scope of its work in the camps, as well as establishing service provision of psychosocial support via a community center in the city of Thessaloniki. The center will be operating with a holistic approach, offering community based psychosocial mechanisms, community empowerment sessions, group counseling, case management and individual sessions as needed. The community center will offer services in an urban setting to benefit refugees living in camps and urban areas, and the Greek host community.

IsraAID's current activities in the refugee camps in Greece leverage on the organization’s experience working in humanitarian contexts, empowering communities in transition towards self-reliance, preparation for their unknown future and increase independency. IsraAID is working through a community building approach, promotion of resilience and informal education activities, creating a sense of purpose. In addition, IsraAID is providing the most vulnerable with direct psycho-social care in the refugee's mother tongue. The professionalized care enables beneficiaries to overcome what could potentially develop into chronically mental health conditions in an environment of ongoing stress.

We thank our many donors to IsraAID Greece - our programs would not be possible without your support! The asylum seeker in Greece needs our help more than ever, as the cold winter months have made the situation more desperate and the needs even larger. Thank you for your continued contributions! 

During 2015 - IsraAID received up to 50 boats/day
During 2015 - IsraAID received up to 50 boats/day
40% of the refugees in Greece are children
40% of the refugees in Greece are children
Feb 28, 2017

IsraAID's Child Resource Center in Kakuma

IsraAID Child Resource Center
IsraAID Child Resource Center

This is an interesting and challenging time in Kakuma. As the large Dadaab Camp is closing, new refugees are constantly arriving to Kakuma and there has been an influx of unaccompanied minors from South Sudan. All the while, there is another drought, impacting everyone in Kakuma. The increasing needs are putting a strain on all the organizations as we strive to meet them.

IsraAID's Child Resource Center is serving an average of 250 children each day, with some attending in the mornings and the rest attending in the afternoons. Our Center is a holistic center to meet the needs of the children in Kakuma 4. They attend the center daily, where they can partake in activities that provide a supportive and stable environment. Our center also refers children to needed health, mental health, and social services, as needed. Our center staff have even helped to reunite an unaccompanied minor, who had been separated from his family, with his family. The staff do much more then "babysit" the children, they ensure they are supported and have access to the services they need to stay healthy and safe. 

The Child Resource Center needs new staff: Psycho-Social Support (PSS) Manager and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Facilitator. The PSS Manager will be providing necessary support to counsel the children and families as needed as well as to work with at risk groups and create activities accordingly. The Manager will also oversee the new referral process of especially vulnerable children and take responsibility for ensuring follow up on cases. This means for the first time, there will be a formal system within the partner NGOs to refer a child to access services, and within the system there will be a method to follow up and ensure the appropriate care was provided. Additional facilitators will allow the center to cope with increasing number of children, as well as to focus personalized attention on those especially in need. 

Adding a WASH facilitator will better enable the center to improve the health and hygiene of the children attending the center. The WASH facilitator will also help the center to cope with the drought and its’ implications.  

With your help - IsraAID can hire a WASH Facilitator and a PSS Manager - US$ 50 can buy art material for the center, US$ 1000 can send a PSS or WASH facilitator for one month.  

While there are many challenges in the camp, the staff in the center is highly motivated to meet the needs of the children. The changes within the center will be positive for the children and help us to ensure their wellbeing. 

Thank you for your help and support to IsraAID Kenya - our programs would not be possible without it!

IsraAID Child Resource Center in Kakuma
IsraAID Child Resource Center in Kakuma
Feb 28, 2017

Psycho-Education and Reducing Gender Based Violence in 2017

Meeting with Educators
Meeting with Educators

As IsraAID Sierra Leone ushered in the new year embarking on new projects that marked a shift from Ebola recovery to sustainable development in Sierra Leone, in line with the government agenda for 2017. Work started immediately with the conceptualization and preparatory foundation for two new project focusing on reducing sexual gender based violence and adding psychosocial support modules in the education system, helping to build the capacity of public school teachers.

IsraAID is taking a community based grassroots approach to programming this year aiming to involve the community not just beneficiaries in all our projects. It is only with their help that we can be successful and sustainable.

In order to ensure the community takes ownership of IsraAID’s projects, the field staff set out to meet with various stakeholders from the government to the populous, holding meetings not only to share ideas but to hear how the community sees themselves as partners in the projects.

IsraAID met with the Ministry of Education, to discuss how and where to pilot our psychosocial support curriculum for teachers.  With the full support of the ministry IsraAID is set to begin implementation in early March.

IsraAID also held stakeholder meetings with different community factions including, the police, military, chiefs, traditional leaders, heads of local government, and community members to discuss a program to reduce the instances of gender based violence in the district and improve referral pathways for those who need support follow an incident. The all stakeholders were very supportive and looking for ways to be actively engaged in the project including requests for training and support with difficult cases.

IsraAID Sierra Leone will continue to support the country’s neediest people providing programming that answers the needs of the people and the government in the most sustainable way possible. 

Gender Based Violence Stakeholder Meeting
Gender Based Violence Stakeholder Meeting
Meeting Stakeholders
Meeting Stakeholders
Meeting With Community Members on Education
Meeting With Community Members on Education
 
   

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