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Type International organization
Founded 2001
Area served Worldwide
Focus(es) Poverty eradication, disaster relief, advocacy, international development, community development, emergency aid, micro-finance,
Mission To facilitate and promote the efficient and effective implementation of humanitarian activities by Israeli and Jewish professionals and aid organizations throughout the world, while increasing their cooperation, coordination and communication.

The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID) is an Israeli-based humanitarian organization that responds to emergencies all over the world with targeted help. This includes every aspect of disaster relief, from search and rescue to rebuilding communities and schools, to providing aid packages, medical assistance, and micro-financing to rebuild businesses and post-psychotrauma care.[1] IsraAID has also been involved in an increasing number of international development projects with a focus on agriculture,[2] medicine [3] , and mental health.[4]


IsraAID was founded in 2001 with the purpose of bringing together Israeli and Jewish aid organizations with expertise in the fields required to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of a disaster.[1]

The organization's stated goal is to "improve and expand international humanitarian assistance activities provided from Israel through cooperation between Israeli aid organizations."[5][6]

Structure and funding[edit]

IsraAID is an umbrella organization consisting of Jewish and Israeli search and rescue, medical and relief groups that provide aid worldwide to people in need, regardless of race, religion, nationality or disability. The group is chaired by Shachar Zahavi and comprises over 35 humanitarian aid organizations, youth movements, solidarity movements, and friendship societies.[6][7]

IsraAID is privately funded by individual Israeli and North American donors as well as by partner organizations like B'nai B'rith.[1]


2004 -- In 2004 Israel sent 150 army doctors and search and rescue teams to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, but since Sri Lanka declined that offer, Israel instead sent a smaller number of IDF personnel along with an 82 ton planeload of relief supplies, including blankets, food, water, baby food and over nine tons of medicine. The relief effort was coordinated by IsraAID.[8]

2005 -- Israel provided tsunami crisis relief for Sri Lanka "spearheaded" by IsraAID. A humanitarian team of 14 medical and logistical personnel was sent to Sri Lanka to help those affected by the tsunami.[9]

2007 -- IsraAID sent six doctors and nurses to Peru to assist in rescue efforts and provide medical care after a major earthquake.[10]

2007-- Israeli volunteers went to a refugee camp on the Kenyan border to provide relief for Muslim refugees in Somalia. The Jerusalem AIDS Project, an Israeli organization under the umbrella of IsraAID which promotes HIV/AIDS education and prevention, distributed clothes for infants and toddlers. Later they would meet with IsraAID in order to purchase basic medical equipment.[11]

2008 -- B'nai B'rith International, one of the founding members of IsraAID and in partnership with IsraAID, provided thousands of meals to an estimated 35,000 Georgian war refugees.[12]

2008 -- Israeli aid teams went to Myanmar to help with recovery after a major cyclone. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The IsraAID organization, which sends help to foreign countries in need, will be sending to Myanmar a highly trained search-and-rescue team and a 10-member team of doctors and nurses. The teams will bring with them crucial supplies, including plastic sheeting, food, household appliances and water filters.[13]

2009 -- IsraAID sent six volunteer doctors, nurses and paramedics to the Philippines to assist Operation Blessing International after two devastating typhoons.[14]

2010 -- In response to the earthquake in Haiti, IsraAID sent a 15-person search-and-rescue team, which includes emergency medical staff to Haiti. The IsraAID team set up treatment rooms to treat the injured at the collapsed main hospital in Port-au-Prince, as well as outside the city in a makeshift clinic in a football stadium, and has helped coordinate relief supply logistics.[15][16] In February, IsraAID opened a child education center in February in the Pétionville refugee camp, the largest refugee camp in Port-au-Prince area, together with other agencies, such as Operation Blessing. The center was set up initially in the tents from the IDF’s field hospital. [17]

2012 -- In March 2012, IsraAID helped South Sudan set up its Ministry of Social Development to provide social services to the population after decades of war and hardship.[18]


  1. ^ a b c Bellehsen, Nitsana,Saving lives in the wake of natural disasters (17 February 2010), in Israel 21c Innovation News Service, Retrieved 2010-03-04
  2. ^ Jerusalem Post, IsraAid launches agricultural program in Haiti
  3. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN declares IsraAID clinic in Haiti a cholera treatment facility
  4. ^ Tokyo Weekender, Israeli NGO Helping Japan Through Creativity
  5. ^ Mission statement
  6. ^ a b Jewish Winnipeg
  7. ^ IsraAID Activities, IsraAID
  8. ^ Jewish Federation of North America, Israel Sends Doctors, Supplies To Aid Tsunami Victims
  9. ^ Tsunami Crisis Relief for Sri Lanka
  10. ^ Israel Today, Israeli medical team aids Peru earthquake victims
  11. ^ YNET News
  12. ^ B'nai Brith World Center an IsraAID feed Georgian Refugees
  13. ^ Israeli aid teams head to a devastated country
  14. ^ Israeli doctors aid Philippines
  15. ^ IsraAID team treats injured in Haiti (January 17, 2010) in Israel 21c Innovation News Service Retrieved 2010–01–18
  16. ^ IsraAID in Haiti helps treat 2,000 (January 19, 2010) in Israel 21c Innovation News Service Retrieved 2010–01–19
  17. ^ Heyman, Jeffrey The resilience of the people is stronger than we expected, (10 February 2010), in Israel 21c Innovation News Service, Retrieved 2010-02-11
  18. ^ South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel

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