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.
Jan 19, 2017

New Years Update from the Philippines

IsraAID Philippines Agricultural Program is now in its fourth year of operation. Currently, over 30 association farmers are receiving training in land preparation, crop planning, plant nursery, irrigation, plant protection, post-harvest, marketing and sales. The program is based on a holistic approach to enhance the farmer’s capacity from production to marketing. It also aims to improve the local farming economy and creating significant agri-business opportunities for the young generations.

While most of the technology and materials were initially provided by IsraAID, mentoring is invaluable in building local capacity and confidence among farmers to be able to successfully utilize the technology and practices they have learned. Three years have passed since typhoon Yolanda affected the region and the communities still struggle. Most donors choose to donate to more recent crises and much of the organizations have since completed their "Yolanda response" programs and have left the country.

IsraAID Philippines believes that the need to provide ongoing support is crucial. It takes years for farmers to begin seeing the advantage of agricultural practices introduced through IsraAID’s program. Farmers in the Philippines are still in need of support, guidance, and training in order to complete the gradual process of knowledge transfer, community empowerment and long term development that will allow the community to really make a change in their lives and their future.

The most recent accomplishments of the program have been the following:

  1. Implementation of a tracking system for harvests and income,
  2. Structured distribution of funding, ensuring a well balanced budget.
  3. In the past quarter, the total sales summed up to an average of 132,000 PHP/ month divided among the 30 farmers. This is rise of more than three times in their income, compared to the previous quarter.
  4. Additional water impounding operational pool was dug (total of 2), increasing the pump flow at the high water tanks even more.
  5. Trade agreements have been signed between the farmers' association and significant traders to guarantee sustainable income.
  6. To ensure the sustainability of all project aspects, a Community Development element has been integrated in partnership with the local university.  The program assigns a core team of leaders who are responsible for different aspects of the production chain.

IsraAID Philippines hopes to receive your continued support to help support farmers and  ensure the sustainability of the program and allow the farmers to take the huge step from recovery to true community resiliency.

Jan 19, 2017

Happy New Year from the Philippines

IsraAID Philippines is continuing our mental health and psycho-social support program in Ormoc. The methodology of the program is to provide psychosocial support training using expressive arts. In the wake of typhoon Yolanda, many citizens in the affected area experienced anxiety over what had happened in the past and what the future holds. Through the expressive arts – visual art, movement, drama, psychodrama, and music – participants have been able to relate to their experiences. The expressive arts enable a much deeper exploration of different feelings and experiences can be expressed concurrently and worked through both consciously and unconsciously. Working in groups, the participants learn from each other, support each other, problem solve together, and create a peer support system. All of this is done using projective expressive arts (non-verbal) and sharing and discussion (verbal). The response from our participants has been overwhelmingly positive.

The target population has varied through different stages of the program along the past year. The first half of the year focused on professionals from the local education, health and social welfare offices with their clients as the ultimate beneficiaries. The second half of the year was entirely focused on teachers, counselors and of course the students themselves. Main achievements include: 90 family counseling training graduates and a successful 3 months expressive arts psychosocial support pilot program in 4 public schools with over 200 participants. 

Institutionalization Stage:

IsraAID Philippines' MHPSS institutionalization stage is carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education during the current school year. This stage 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.

Jan 9, 2017

Post-Earthquake Relief

Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids

With your kind support, JISP continues its relief efforts in Kumamoto, focusing on extending psycho-social support to the evacuees in the temporary shelters and to the foreign community in the area. Our program brings experienced clinical psychologists to the field, combining direct contact with those affected by the earthquakes as well as with those working with disaster preparedness.

Please find a few examples of actvities from the last months;

  • A JISP psychologist trained 40 participants in knowledge and skills related to the human mind and disasters, especially tailored to those supporting foreign residents in Japan . The meeting discussed the handeling of the Kumamoto Earthquake and was held in Kumamoto International Centre.  
  • Yoga therapy session for 23 kids from the Kengun Higashi and Higashimachi elementary schools was held by another JISP staff. The session began with a self-introduction; the kids did so with much confidence. They later practiced breathing, movement of the body and even offered massage to each other. Before the disaster, the kids from these two schools did not have many opportunities to meet eachother; now both schools use the same sport facility.

Once again, thank you for supporting our programs!

 

Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
During training session
During training session
 
   

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