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.
- Psychological First Aid training for 60 volunteers and government workers.
- 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.
- 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.