In a new initiative, IsraAID has begun to expand the scope of its work in Asia by engaging professionals from Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul to join the organization's humanitarian work across the region.
IsraAID, tapping into the Jewish and non-Jewish professional networks in all four cities, is looking to build a core group of professionals that can respond in times of crisis. They have a number of other long-term and ongoing initiatives in the pipeline as well.
In February 2014, Dr. Debra Kalmanowitz, a professional Art therapist from Hong Kong, joined the IsraAID team in South Korea to lead an intensive professional training in Seoul for social workers, NGO's and government officials who support North Korean refugees suffering from post-trauma.
In March 2014, Ms. Yael Mardix, a professional group therapist, and Ms. Racheli Ballasiano, a psycho drama therapist, will join IsraAID's professional team in the Philippines where they will conduct a psycho-social support workshop for people affected by the typhoon. Both Mardix and Ballasiano are Hong Kong residents.
This follows a recent IsraAID-run training session for professionals, from a number of sectors, in Hong Kong.