This is just a small selection of photos from IsraAID’s mission in Tacloban. This is the area now referred to as Haiyan's Ground Zero. A few hours ago an additional team of 7 IsraAID medical professionals also landed in Cebu.
IsraAID is part of an international relief effort working in the area hardest hit. The devestation is unbelievable and these teams of rescue workers face incredible challenges.
Please continue to follow us for updated information on the work IsraAID is doing.
You can help support the IsraAID relief mission in the Philippines through their campaign on Global Giving at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/aid-to-the-philippines-after-typhoon-yolanda/.
By November 9, 2013, in the immediate aftermath of super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (called Typhoon Yolanda there), The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) had already begun collecting funds for relief efforts.
“Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Filipino people in the wake of yesterday’s deadly storm. We immediately activated our network of global partners and will leverage our previous experience in the region to provide immediate, strategic relief to survivors in their time of need,” said Alan H. Gill, JDC’s Chief Executive Officer.
And while many international aid organizations are responding to this crisis, working in the Philippines post-disaster isn’t new territory for the JDC. They also helped to fight post-typhoon cholera in the Philippines through an Israeli partner in 2009.
But the JDC’s history in the Philippines extends far beyond that. The JDC ensured the emigration of more than 1,000 European Jews escaping Nazi persecution to the island nation during World War II. The story of European Jews who took refuge was the subject of “Rescue in the Philippines,” a recently released documentary and this remarkable story will also be featured in the forthcoming issue of Asian Jewish Life.
JDC has provided immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including to a number of regional efforts, namely in Japan following the tsunami there in 2011 and in South Asia after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Their partnerships with local NGOs demonstrates their longstanding commitment to the region.
They are now looking for contributions specifically for their relief efforts in the Philippines.
To Make a Contribution:
By Phone: 212-687-6200
JDC Typhoon Haiyan Relief
P.O. Box 4124
New York, NY 10163
(Please make check payable to JDC Typhoon Haiyan Relief)