Jan 27, 2014

2013 Program Report


Leyte, Philippines



On November 8th 2013, the Philippines were devastated by what is being called the most powerful typhoon to have made landfall in modern times. With sustained winds of over 200 kph (peaking at 315 kph), typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, killed over 6,000 people, injuring more than 27,000 others, displacing approximately 4 million people, and affecting a grand total of 16 million people. 48 hours later, IsraAID's first emergency team left Israel. 

Medical Mission 
After less than 24 hours spent on preparations and logistics in Cebu (neighboring island), the team travelled to Tacloban city via military plane (C-130) to begin its humanitarian mission.  Upon consultation and coordination with municipal and national authorities, as well as OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), the team joined St. Paul's hospital and immediately began treating patients. 3 days later, after seeing hundreds of patients, the team was relieved by a semi-permanent international body, donated their stock of medicine and food/water, and travelled to Ormoc City to consolidate with the arriving second task force, and restock. 

Once in Ormoc, at the request of the City Department of Health (CDH), and in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), IsraAID adopted the district of Ipil (population 29,571). There, together with the local health personel (approximately 100), the organization developed a new model for the symbiotic and synergetic combination of international medical teams into the local health infrastructure. This new system was highly successful, earning the commendation of the US government liaison and the WHO, and the subsequent addition of the city's most populous district - Cogon (population 44,596). Within these two districts, IsraAID is providing daily support to local health centers and running mobile health clinics, together with American, German, and Filipino medical volunteers and partners. In addition, the organization was also donated portable water filters and over 1 ton of medical supplies by supporting international organizations, rebuilt the roof of the Ipil District Health Center (DHC), and is in the process of rebuilding the roof of the San Antonio health station and daycare center. 

Finally, to help meet the urgent medical needs of some of Ormoc's neighboring municipalities, IsraAID is also organizing 1-2 day weekly mobile clinics in villages from Kananga and Albuera municipalities. 

Altogether, since arriving in Ormoc on November 16th, IsraAID has treated over 5,000 patients, and provided Tacloban, Ormoc, Kananga, and Albuera municipalities with over 2 tons of medical supplies. 

In line with the request of the Ormoc CDH, IsraAID is scheduled to provide medical support (both supplies and human resources) until December 31st 2013 and then donate all the remaining supplies to 3 local hospitals and 2 local clinics.

Food and Emergency Relief Distribution:

During the beginning of operations in Ipil, it was brought to our attention that in 8 days since the disaster, the local impoverished population had only received 1.5kg of rice per family, creating an urgent and desperate humanitarian crisis. As a result, in partnership with the Shai Fund, IsraAID provided nearly 2,000 families with food packages and emergency supplies. These were coordinated with the local City Social Welfare Department (CWSD) who advised focusing on vulnerable families - those with senior citizens and children under five.

Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services 
At the same time, and at the request of the Ormoc CDH, IsraAID has taken the lead on Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS), conducting stress-debriefing sessions for 821 teachers, Philippines National Police (PNP) members, the local rescue team, and health workers. In addition, in close cooperation with the municipal coordinator on MHPSS issues, IsraAID is building a 1-year post-trauma training course for local professionals. This course will be based on a Training-Of-Trainers (TOT) approach that will have a long-term sustainable impact multiplied by the training of additional groups by the graduates of the TOT 1 year course.

Livelihood – Fishery and Agriculture
A large majority of the Ormoc population (203,540) relies on agriculture and fishery for their survival and source of income. The fishery industry suffered nearly 100% loss, poultry 97%, and agriculture was also nearly completely devastated. For those whose livelihood was based on these sectors, in addition to having no food, roof, or even home, they were left with no source of income for the foreseeable future.

  1.       Fishermen Rehabilitation - IsraAID in collaboration with the City Agriculture Services Office (CASO) wishes to provide motorized boats to 100 marginalized fishermen affected by the Typhoon. The 100 fishermen will be selected according to the following criteria:
  •        Fishing boat was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
  •        Fishing is the primary source of income
  •        Have no financial resources to repair or buy a new boat


  1.       Coconut Farmer Support– IsraAID, at the request of CASO, is planning to assist local agriculture efforts, with coconut farmers identified as an especially vulnerable group due to the lengthy process involved with its harvesting (first yield is only after 5-7 years).

School Rehabilitation 
Prior to the Typhoon, Ormoc was home to 50,488 students enrolled in 97 public schools and taught by 1,544 teachers. Yolanda damaged 95% of school buildings, destroying 92 (7%) classrooms and rendering 55% (692) of them roofless and unusable. Among these, Ipil Central School and Ipil National High School were severely damaged by the Typhoon and are in dire need of repair and reconstruction. IsraAID contracted a local engineer to assess the renovation costs in both schools. For the time being, two buildings will be renovated immediately and are scheduled to be ready by the end of January 2014.


Dec 26, 2013

Summary of activities 2013


Youth leadership project- summary of activities 2013


In 2013, IsraAID conducted youth leadership workshops, community events and stress relief activities for more then 2000 people in Tohoku area. 

These activities include: intensive vocational trainings in partnership with Hilton Tokyo, group building activities for High school students in Watari, Cooking and leadership training for members of Kagikakko- a youth cafe in Ishinomaki, High school stiudents from Futaba- Machi, a town evacuated from Fukushima radiation zone, and a big BBQ community event for 2000 of Ishinomaki residents in partnership with the staff of Hilton Tokyo.

Through its activities, IsraAID were able to provide the youth with practical skills such as: cooking, marketing, presentation skills and communication skills. 

Summary of activities:

Watari leadership group: 

Since April 2013, IsraAID in partnership with the city of Watari and Watari High school conducted intensive leadership trainings on a monthly basis. 14 participants are attending these activities regularly, and the content include: Group building activities, Presentation skills, Communication skills and social responsibility.

In 2014, IsraAID will continue to provide support for Watari High school students, on coming January the students will attend Hilton & IsraAID hospitality and leadership training in Hilton Tokyo.

Kagikakko- a youth community cafe in Ishinomaki

Since June 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Nippon Foundation and Hilton Tokyo,provided 30 high school students in Ishinomaki with intensive trainings in the field of Hospitality, cooking and communication skills. In last August 15 members of the community cafe attended Hilton & IsraAID leadership training- a one week intensive seminar in Hilton Tokyo. On October 27th, IsraAID and Hilton staff conducted a community BBQ festival in Ishinomaki, 2000 residents attended the event that was conducted in partnership with Kagikakko cafe members.

Futaba Machi High school

Since January 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Adra Japan, has provided students with intensive leadership training. The activities included: Presentation skills, Hospitality training and planning a community event (to be conducted in Mid January 2014).

Nov 18, 2013

Aug-Nov 2013

Project Volunteers with family from Watari
Project Volunteers with family from Watari


During the last 3 months our work with new communities have generated more then 60 new interviews. Our scope of subjects have now expended into stories covering people who have evacuated from their community because of radiation concerns around the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. We are collecting more stories every week from the various communities we operate. Our volunteer interviewers and camera operator staff are working diligently to collect these stories and create a positive experience for the participants.



Futaba Machi of Fukushima – This town received an evacuation order from the government after the radiation leak at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant. All 7000 residents are scattered across Japan, in almost every prefecture. With the help of local volunteers we have gathered 15 stories as of now, and we are currently building an archive with the municipality to preserve the town’s history and memories for the next 50-80 years while this area remain vacant.


Osaka- We have connected with a support group of mothers from Tohoku, that decided to evacuate from their communities to Osaka to protect their children from the effects of radiation. The partners of most of these mothers remain in Tohoku for work, and the mothers are struggling to raise their child alone. With the help of local volunteers in Osaka, we are interviewing these mothers and creating an archive at their support center.


Kyoto- Since 2011, almost 700 families have evacuated to Kyoto. We have partnered with an NPO in Kyoto that supports these families to create an archive for these people. We visit Kyoto every month to collect interviews with cooperating locals.


Ishinomaki City- We have collected over 25 stories in Ishinomaki, and through partnership with the local newspaper and local archive museum, we have connections in various fields. As result, we have a close connection with government workers, volunteers, psychologists, fishermen, and other community groups. Our archive currently has a diverse range of experiences and stories that depict the disaster, and some of the most moving interviews come from this archive. We have partnered with a local archive museum and plan to exhibit these interviews here.


Yamamoto Town- We are continuing to collect stories here, and we have received support and photos from the Yamamoto local government to use in the archive.


Watari Town- We are continuing to collect stories from residents, and since the archive event in May, the level of awareness of the project has greatly increased.



Wako University is integrating our videos as part of a discussion course about posttraumatic effects and growth, led by Professor of Psychology, Ito Takehiko.


Further, Prof. Ito Takehiko has collaborated with Meiji Gakuin University Emeritus Professor Inoue Takayo, to explore psychological research regarding posttraumatic effects in communities, using the archive.


Professor Lei-Mei Julia Chiu and students from Musashino Art University’s social design class have worked with us to create an official book about the Voices of Tohoku project. This image book will contain text versions of specific interviews, with an essay by Professor Ito and Professor Inoue. This will be distributed to our current communities, as well as new communities, and hopefully this book will inspire more communities and volunteers to join.

Furthermore, the student volunteers from Musashino Art University have been providing support for all aspects of design in VOT, such as improving our logo, building our website which is due at the end of the year, and documenting our work backstage.



In the next 3 month our website will go online, and will contain most of the interviews we have collected until now. The videos will have various tags, and can be searched via communities, occupations, etc.

The website development is a joint program with the students of Musashino Art University.

Website Meeting with Musabi Art Students
Website Meeting with Musabi Art Students
Interview with High School Teacher in Ishinomaki
Interview with High School Teacher in Ishinomaki
Interview with Ishinomaki Resident
Interview with Ishinomaki Resident
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