IsraAID Emergency Response Fund

by IsraAID

Moria Refugee Camp Fire, Lesbos:

IsraAID will provide emergency relief – including shelter equipment, such as sleeping bags and tents, hygiene items and Psychological First Aid – to refugees in Lesbos, Greece, following the devastating fires at Moria Refugee Camp. Moria is the largest refugee camp in Europe, home to more than 12,000 refugees – around four times its official capacity. The fires, which started overnight on September 8th, have destroyed most of the camp. The fires exacerbate an already-difficult humanitarian situation on Lesbos, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hampering efforts to provide urgent aid.

Current Emergency Response: Coronavirus Outbreak

Each of IsraAID's 14 missions worldwide is currently working to keep the communities they partner with safe and informed. We are: 

  • Raising awareness of COVID-19 and how to reduce the spread
  • Translating hygiene information and guidance into relevant languages
  • Distributing soap, hygiene supplies and other necessities
  • Providing remote support to communities unable to gather as normal
  • Offering webinars on psychosocial support and stress management
  • "Helping the helpers" by supporting frontline health workers and emergency responders in China and Italy
  • Launching a new program in Israel to support vulnerable asylum seekers

Background to the Emergency Response Fund

Since 2001, IsraAID’s specialist teams have responded to disasters in every corner of the world, providing emergency medical care, post-trauma mental health support, relief items, and water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.

Our ability to bring that aid to communities in need relies on quickly galvanizing financial support. Yet emergency response funding is often tied to media attention: once the news cycle moves on, humanitarian organizations are forced to follow.

In 2017, IsraAID launched its Emergency Response Fund to shift this paradigm. Now, IsraAID’s teams can deploy to wherever they are needed, without waiting for seed funding. By reaching affected communities sooner, we can save more lives and have a greater impact.

Now, more than ever, with frequent crises occurring across the globe, we need your help to guarantee IsraAID’s rapid response to disasters and emergencies worldwide. Please donate today.

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