Providing immediate relief to the Syrian refugees in Jordan
IsraAID's first team arrived in Jordan in June 2013, to distribute emergency supplies and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees living in camps throughout Jordan. Since then, reoccurring missions have only highlighted the overwhelming needs on the ground. Over 10 tons of aid was distributed and more than 7,000 people recieved assistance by IsraAID.
IsraAID helps victims of Superstorm Sandy
November: After superstorm Sandy devastated large sections of the Eastern United States, IsraAID sent a team to help with the recovery and rehabilitation in New York City, managing one of the largest teams of volunteers in the relief efforts in Breezy Point and the Rockaways.
IsraAID Sends Team to Japan after Earthquake and Tsunami
March 2011: IsraAID's team was one of the first to arrive on the scene in Tohoku following a colossal 9.0 earthquake that triggered a tsunami with waves reaching 40.5 meters. More than 30,000 lost their lives, with over 250,000 left homeless. After initial relief efforts, IsraAID is addressing the incredible trauma of this tragedy, focusing on mental health training for professionals .
Aid to Famine victims in Kenya
August - December: IsraAID sent teams to the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps to provide food and emergency supplies to communities of refugees and Kenyans suffering from what the UN has dubbed 'the world's worst food crisis'. The organization plans to remain involved, with capacity-building the likely program.
Israeli Involvement In Africa – Past, Present And Future Conference
May: "Israeli involvement in Africa - Past, Present and Future", was the first conference, outside the academia in Israel that sought to bring together people from various fields who are involved in events in Africa through their work. Highlighted by the presence of keynote speaker Bob Geldof, the Irish rockstar and humanitarian activist behind the Band Aid and Live Aid charity campaigns, the conference brought together a wide range of speakers and participants that included Idan Raichel, Dr. Yehuda Paz, Dr. Inon Schenker, and many more.
By taking into consideration three sectors - business, social, and media/ entertainment, the conference aimed to foster multi-disciplinary dialogue as a catalyst for creating an optimistic worldview in Africa and generate significant positive change for its future.
A Second Olamot Mission Leaves to India:
July - IsraAID, in partnership with Hillel sent a group of 5 Jewish Canadian students and 5 Israeli students to volunteer together, first for 5 days in Israel, and then in India for 3 more weeks.
Aid to Flood Victims in Pakistan
After extreme rains and flooding that directly affected over 20 million people, IsraAID rebuilt a school that was severely damaged in Pakistan.
IsraAID Medical team helps the Philippines after Typhoon
October - A medical team of doctors and nurses rushed off to the Philippines after it was devastated by Typhoon Ketsana. The team saw over 300 patients a day for several weeks, often having to reach them via boat in the flooded areas of Northern Luzon and Metro Manila.
Jewish students from Hillel Israel & North America volunteer together in India
July - IsraAID, in partnership with Hillel Israel, initiated a unique program which offers Hillel students from Israel and North America the opportunity to volunteer for one month in Israel and a developing country through Jewish programs. The first group of 5 Jewish Canadian students and 5 Israeli students began in July, first volunteering for 5 days in Israel and afterwards in India for 3 more weeks.
IsraAID Advising in Israel on the Darfur Situation in Sudan
2007 - 2008 - The knowledge acquired by the IsraAID/HIAS program in Chad enabled IsraAID to become an active advisory group to various Israeli government offices including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister's office, and the Ministry of Interior.
Post Trauma relief program in India
December - IsraAID sent a post trauma expert mission to aid the victims of the terror attack on the Indian population in Mumbai India. Two Israeli experts provided direct assistance to children, families and local public workers who were affected by the attack. In addition the team provided training to health workers in 3 local hospitals and social workers that would work with the victims in the long run.
Relief Mission After Earthquake in China
May - Following the severe earthquake that hit China, IsraAID sent an assessment and relief mission. Rafi Goldman from NISPED was sent to the field to appraise the situation. A long term rehabilitation program took place in the disaster area in partnership with the Chinese Cooperative movement which has hundreds of millions of members in the country.
Emergency Aid to Victims of Cyclone in Myanmar
May - IsraAID sent a relief effort to Myanmar following the disaster caused by Cyclone Nagrin. A team was sent to the field and distributed over 15 tons of much needed relief items directly to the victims, and helped rehabilitate the village of Tar Tite. Teams also provided medical training to over 500 local physicians and represented Israel.
Celebrity Awareness Tour to the Central African Republic
April - IsraAID, in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, initiated the "Israeli Goodwill Humanitarian Ambassador Program" which aims to raise awareness to global poverty issues within the Israeli public. The first trip took place in partnership with UNICEF and AJC, when Israeli singer Nurit Galron (and IsraAID board member Meira Abulafia) accompanied American actress Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to the Central African Republic (CAR) on a UNICEF awareness trip. After being exposed to the state of children in the CAR, singer Galron returned home to discuss and thus raise the Israeli public’s awareness to the issue. Additional trips are being planned.
UN Awareness Conference # 2
11th October - IsraAID, in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv University, and the American Jewish Committee, held its second UN conference encouraging the Israeli public to join UN aid agencies. An estimated 1,000 people attended. Speakers included: Ms. Dina d'Amico (Human Resources specialist of the World Health Organization), Mr. Steven Wolfson (Head of the Israeli office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Mr. Jacob Duer (Senior Advisor to the UN Environment Program, and Ms. Mariam Yunusa (Coordinator at the World Urban Forum of the UN Habitat for Human Settlement).
Educational UN in Africa Television Series:
October - IsraAID initiated and partnered with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Jewish Committee to send Ruty Shiloni, a Channel 2 reporter, and Yoram Benita of the Israel Government Press Office to document four Israeli UN workers in Africa. The project’s goal was to introduce the Israeli public to global poverty and justice issues, and encourage them to become more involved in international social action issues by joining the UN and aid groups. Documentation covered four Israelis dealing with the following issues: UNICEF aid in the war torn genocide region of Darfur, WFP feeding program in war torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN Rwandan genocide Tribunal in Tanzania, and UNHCR camps for Somali refugees in Kenya.
Medical relief aid to earthquake victims in Peru
August - IsraAID/FIRST sent a relief mission that involved sending an Israeli medical aid mission of seven doctors and nurses to aid the earthquake victims in Peru. The team treated over 1500 people.
UN Awareness Conference # 1
3rd May - Together with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IsraAID facilitated its first UN awareness conference. It was held in partnership with Tel Aviv University and B'nai B'rith International. The conference exposed Israelis to the work of UN aid agencies and taught them about recruitment procedures for those interested in seeking employment opportunities with the UN. Five senior UN officials spoke at the conference: Dr. Esther Guluma (Regional Director Office for West Central Africa at UNICEF), Mr. Boaz Paldi (UN Development Program), Ms. Kirstie Campbell (Spokesperson to the Country Director of The World Food Program West Bank and Gaza Strip), Mr. Douglas Smith (Chief Human Resources Development Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization), and Mr. Asger Ryhl (Chief of the UN Population Fund Nordic Office in Copenhagen).
Relief Mission to Aid Somali Refugee Camp Dadaab in Kenya
February - IsraAID sent an assessment and relief mission to the Somalia-Kenya border to provide assistance to Somali refugees living in camps in Kenya. Hundreds of Somali children received direct assistance, which included clothes and school items.
IsraAID Attends Tikkun Olam Conference in New York
11th June - IsraAID attended the Tikkun Olam conference held in NY by Tel Aviv University, the Pears Foundation, and the Bergman Family. The conference was held to help improve Jewish understanding of activities in developing countries. It was attended by 55 representatives of 35 Jewish groups from around the world.
Psycho-Social Program in Darfur Refugee Camps in Chad
2005 - 2009 - IsraAID initiated and partnered with HIAD to aid Darfurian refugees in Chad. IsraAID sent 9 Israeli professionals to this IsraAID/HIAS psycho-social Program. The program has treated tens of thousands of women and children, victims of the genocide currently being perpetrated in the Sudanese region of Darfur, who managed to flee to the camps in Chad.
Medical/Psychological Mission to Assist Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
September - IsraAID sent a medical/psychological relief mission to aid the affected community of New Orleans and the surrounding region. The Israeli team provided psychological treatment and medical support to hundreds of people.
Relief and Rehabilitation in the Tsunami Affected Regions of Sri Lanka and Thailand
January 2005 - January 2008 - IsraAID facilitated and led the Israeli relief and rehabilitation program in the Tsunami affected regions of Sri Lanka and Thailand. Over 1 million dollars were raised from Israeli & Jewish donors worldwide. IsraAID provided dozens of tons of relief items, built dozens of houses and distributed food to over 50,000 people. The team also provided training and rehabilitation programs in the area of micro finance, health and education.
International Awareness Program
2004 - 2008 - IsraAID has organized dozens of meetings between its members and thousands of students from around the world, as well as international media, foreign government representatives, and international and UN aid agencies, with the purpose of demonstrating Israel's aid to countries worldwide. Many of these meetings take place during visits of such groups and individuals to Israel.
Medical volunteer mission to Guyana
September - IsraAID sent a medical mission to Guyana in South America to help treat dozens of locals in need of medical aid as well as start educational programs.
Malnutrition program in Malawi
December - IsraAID operated in partnership with a local aid group a joint feeding program combating malnutrition in Malawi.
Relief mission to Volcano eruption region in DRCongo
January - IsraAID sent a relief medical relief mission to aid the volcano eruption victims in East Congo. Relief items included 15 tons of much needed basic supplies.
Professional Training course for heads of Israeli NGOs
2001 - 2002 - IsraAID held two training sessions (half a day each) in Kibbutz Yakum on International Humanitarian Law and International Cooperation methods. Over 35 heads of Jewish and Israeli NGOs attended the sessions. Speakers included representatives of UN agencies.