IsraAID

IsraAID's mission is to effectively and efficiently respond to international humanitarian disasters and development challenges by utilizing innovative solutions and a network of highly trained professionals to assist and work alongside communities worldwide.
Aug 8, 2016

Final Report

On Saturday 6th of February 2016, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Taiwan. The city of Tainan was the most affected, with to date 59 people killed, 100 were missing, more than 500 reported injured, and 120,000 households were without power. The event was especially tragic because it struck during the Chinese New Year, and the majority of the devastation hit a small neighborhood leaving residents in shock, mourning lost family members and fearing for those still trapped.

IsraAID is responded to the February 6th earthquake by supporting the local government and civil societies with expertise in the field of grief care, psychological first aid, psycho-education, and resilience building for the small community in Taiwan that was most affected.

IsraAID’s goal was to focus on preventing trauma by conducting immediate training in Psychological First Aid (PFA) and psycho education for service providers working with families affected by the earthquake, building a local task force to mitigate both the current trauma and be better prepared for future crises, and complete ongoing supervision and peer support groups for the volunteers and rescue teams.

The project aimd to use the current crisis as a platform for strengthening the trauma prevention and response mechanisms of the local government offices and civil society. By providing key expertise from work in over 20 countries around the world,

As IsraAID concludes its mission in Taiwan after the earthquake that hit earlier this year there are a few very prominent achievements that came from our work there. 

IsraAID's emergency team in Taiwan concluded with the following achievements. 

  1. Psychological First Aid training for 60 volunteers and government workers.
  2. Developed a long term strategic partnership with Tzuchi the leading Taiwanese humanitarian aid organization to support the victims of the disaster in Taiwan and globally.
  3. Improvement of bilateral relations between Israel and Taiwan with the help of the Israeli representative in Taipei.

We would like to thank you for all your generous support and hope you will continue to support our project around the world.

Aug 8, 2016

STEM Education for Children in Iraq

Children Learning Science
Children Learning Science

IsraAID has put an emphasis on educational programming, largely as a result of the extended periods of time that displaced people have now been in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and children are out of safe and supportive learning environments.

The educational initiative STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) is a ground-breaking program connects between theoretical studies and their practical applications in the world. The aim of STEM is to improve student grades, increase their tangent thinking, resourcefulness, and creativity, ultimately leading to better access to livelihood opportunities in the future. It involves the introduction of additional workshops into the students’ formal or informal school system, with an emphasis on practical experiments.

We have continued to work with the government to pique the interest of the schools and gain their active participation. We have been busy training teachers in how to administer the project. Once the teachers were training we began implementing the project with both teachers and children. The project was aimed at the middle year’s primary grades and middle school ages. We have now run three rounds of the project each as successful as the last. For each of these projects, we made a record, by photographing and videoing each session. We were constantly getting feedback from the teachers, the administrations, and even the students. That way we knew how successful we were with the program. As we wrapped up phase one the teachers and schools have been interested in our continuation of the project and expansion. IsraAID intends to do both of these things.

The direct beneficiaries of the project were the students who participated in the Phase 1 program. There were approximately 2,600 students. Indirectly, there were another 160 teachers, who were also involved. The beneficiaries are about equal in number between males and females. Even the teaching staffs are close to gender-equal. In all of the schools, the same grades levels were involved, and these were mostly the middle primary/ middle school grades.

Our main achievement is the successful completion of Phase 1 of our STEM projects for the schools. Our main goal is to keep providing these schools with similar projects, and keep expanding the program so that we can reach more students and schools, and get more deeply into subject matter. We have now reached the point where we have successfully completed Phase 1 for several schools, and we are now expanding into a Phase 2 program, which will involve a great deal more materials and information. This is a large project with a lot of materials, plus a major translation program.

The planning and implementation for all of this is extensive, but will soon come to fruition. Meanwhile we are expanding Phase 1 to a number of new schools, and will continue with this very successful program, when we receive the materials, in the meantime, we are working closely and extensively with the teachers and schools to get them prepared for all of these new programs that they will be involved with.

The future plan for the program is to continue working with the schools we have been working with, and add new ones to the project. Needless to say, many schools are asking if we can work with them. This year we will be adding new schools and will work with them on Phase 1, which was already done by the other schools last year. The original schools will move to Phase 2. This will involve more students, and the materials will include written lessons, mainly in science. This will mean that the teachers will have lots of material to work with, and will need to be trained in how its used, especially because, each unit of study has experiments and projects to go with it. This will be good for the teachers, to expand their knowledge and the knowledge of the children. This will involve translating English lessons into Arabic. The good part is that the books created will be reusable. The new schools will move through Phase 1 and into Phase 2, while the Phase 2 schools will expand these programs to more students in the schools. We also hope that the subject matter will be expanded to new courses and units.

STEM Project
STEM Project
Building a car
Building a car
School Girls Learning STEM
School Girls Learning STEM
STEM Learning
STEM Learning
Theoretical STEM Educational Material
Theoretical STEM Educational Material
Aug 8, 2016

Holistic Support for Typhoon Affected Areas

Agriculture Project
Agriculture Project

In the first half of 2016 IsraAID continues to support the rehabilitation of Ormoc City, Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Activities continue to progress well, focusing on two programs:

  1. Mental Health and Psychosocial Services
  2. Food Security and Agriculture

Project DetailsMental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS)

The MHPSS program aims to enhance the capacity of local education, health and social welfare workers by increasing their understanding of the impact of trauma. Using expressive art and basic psychosocial interventions, the Department of Education will mainstream this curriculum into the public school system.

The first half of the program focused on training professionals from the local education, health and social welfare officesand the second half of the program was directed towards teachers and guidance counselors. The direct beneficiaries of the trainings are the professionals and the indirect beneficiaries are their clients. The main achievements to date include 90 graduates of the family counseling training program, and a successful three month expressive arts psychosocial support pilot program operating in four public schools with over 200 participants. 

Third Stage expansion:

IsraAID Philippines' MHPSS third stage expansion program is being carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education, which began at the end of 2015. The third stage aims to integrate psychosocial activities into the education curriculum of public schools in Ormoc. It focuses on raising awareness about those experiencing trauma. The program provides MHPSS tools and services using expressive arts therapy, and the dynamics of the class as a group to teach normalization of stress reactions, resilience techniques, and self-care. The PSS activities are being integrated into the Values Education curriculum while all guidance counselors and Values Education teachers in the city went through PSS training given by IsraAID staff and core team facilitators. To date welfare professionals, in collaboration with school teachers who have been trained by an Israeli therapist, co-facilitated classes for students grades 5 – 10 in 100 selected public schools in Ormoc City. Heading into the 2016-2017 school year, the MHPSS expansion program is already being standardized across the Ormoc’s Department of Education public school system.

In the expansion plan for the second half of 2016 every class will participate in eight activities. Each activity starts with a warm – up exercises in order to increase participant’s enthusiasm, encourage them to participate and get them more comfortable and relaxed before the activity. Each activity ends with the opportunity for the students to share how they felt and what they learned.  IsraAID’s MHPSS staff with provide supervision and support for the professionals and educators implementing the activities.

Food Security and Agriculture

In November 2014, IsraAID Philippines launched The Food Security and Agricultural Livelihood Program for small-scale community farmers in the typhoon affected area of Ormoc. The program was developed in response to the massive loss of livelihoods, particularly for those relying on agriculture as their source of income. Offering support and capacity building for small-scale community farmers in the rural affected area of barangay Cabintan in Ormoc City, Leyte, including an introduction to modern technology through hands on training. Using practical tools and brainstorming innovative solutions affords the framers further growth in income generation and long term recovery. The program is carried out in collaboration with the Cabintan Farmers' Association (CALCOA) and different entities working in the area, including local government units, The Visayas State University, and Energy Development Corporation.

The program, based on a holistic approach, aims to enhance the farmers’ capacity from production to marketing, thus improving the economy of the farming community and creating significant agri-business opportunities for generations to come.

The main achievements since the beginning of 2016 have been life altering for the farmers and the community as a whole. Over 30 association farmers are receiving continuous hands on support and training in the field including: land preparation, crop planning, plant nursery, irrigation, plant protection, crop management, and post-harvest. We have also created a system where the farmers are keeping track of their harvest and income. IsraAID specialists are accompanying them through this process but the ultimate goal is for them to be able to take full responsibility of both these tasks by the end of the year. In collaboration with the farmers IsraAID has continued to create a structure of the profit distribution in an efficient way, so that part of the profit finances current expenses while the rest is saved for future needs. We have also helped a group of most knowledgeable farmers to attend an in depth 'accounting for non-accounts' training program which provides them with further expertise to keep track of their business.

As the success of this program continues to grow IsraAID intends to further develop its agricultural learning center inside the already existing production site. Already the Regional Vegetable Industry Value Chain Stakeholders Consultation Forum (RVIVCSCF) held a session for traders to observe the production site. Following feedback from the traders abouttheir requirements and market demands, connections were made between the CALCOA and the RVIVCSCF. The significance of this long-term bond will help to ensure increasing profitability for framers.

In order to ensure the sustainability of the program, IsraAID aims to offer prolonged training and supervision, for the farmers spanning three years, which will enable the CALCOA to move from traditional practices to modern agricultural practices.

We are at the most crucial stage of our program, as the farmers have only just begun to witness the advantages of the newly introduced practices. With continued support and oversight IsraAID will be able to complete the gradual process of knowledge transfer, community empowerment and long term development that will allow the community to invest in their future.

PSS Activity with Children
PSS Activity with Children
PSS With Children
PSS With Children
Fields of Agriculture Project
Fields of Agriculture Project
 
   

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