IsraAID Emergency Response Fund

by IsraAID

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

Tropical Cyclone Harold: Vanuatu 

Tropical Cyclone Harold hit the pacific island of Vanuatu in early April, the second strongest storm to ever affect the country. According to local authorities, the category 5 cyclone has affected some 160,000 people in Vanuatu, with some provinces reporting 80-90% loss of homes, 60% of schools destroyed, and 20% of health centers damaged. Response efforts and international aid are severely hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with travel and shipments severely curtailed to prevent the spread of the virus. IsraAID's local teams are active on the ground in Pentecost and Ambrym, two of the worst-affected islands, in partnership with Vanuatu's Ministry of Health.

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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