Their compassion for people is the driving force behind IsraAID’s mission: to provide rapid response to humanitarian crises in various parts of the world. Since their inception in 2001, the organization has provided assistance to victims of calamities, devastation, and terror attacks in countries such as Kenya, the United States, Georgia, Peru, India, and Japan, among many others.
On November 8, 2013, their team came to the Philippines to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, which caused the largest devastation in the country. Today, IsraAID, a member of the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP), works in Ormoc City and plans to provide assistance to the rest of the country.
Their Values And Commitment
IsraAID builds its commitment to humanitarian causes on these fundamental values:
Professionalism – The organization’s team consists of leading therapists, agronomists, and professionals brought together by their concern for people. They utilize the latest technology to enable different sectors to improve and become more sustainable.
Innovation – IsraAid’s projects are both sustainable and flexible. With years of experience in providing aid during natural calamities, they know that no two situations can be remedied by just one solution. They tailor their projects to the victims’ needs, making them ideal for both short-term and long-term implementation.
Partnership – The organization builds strong working relationships with different stakeholders such as the local communities, the government, and other organizations. They do this to ensure the success of their projects and the welfare of those they aim to help.
Extending A Helping Hand To The Philippines
The fundamental values come into play as IsraAID works with the city government and organizations in Ormoc to lend a hand to the typhoon victims. They are currently holding psycho-social support training in cooperation with the Ormoc Department of Education. IsraAID aims to train teachers and caregivers to provide a venue for trauma victims, especially children, to express themselves.
The organization wishes to equip the schools and communities with the right tools and facilities to create an environment where students can better deal with their experiences. The team’s trauma experts, together with local professionals, promote the use of expressive arts such as music, visual arts, movement, and drama to help young participants express themselves.
This is the first step toward realizing the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program in all the schools in Ormoc. They also plan to put up medical facilities around the city to support the needs of the locals.
At present, IsraAID is training farmers in using effective agricultural tools and methods. Over 30 farmers in Barangay Cabintan are receiving hands-on training in crop planning, nursery, irrigation, plant protection, weed control, and other aspects of agricultural work.
The organization aims to provide long-term support and supervision to ensure the sustainability of the program. Furthermore, they hope to give a sustainable livelihood source to local farmers and, consequently, boost the Philippines’ agricultural sector.
With their commitment to assisting communities in distress, IsraAID is certainly a gift to the Philippines and many other countries.