The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID) is sending a team to Haiti today, despite the current cholera outbreak. At last count, more than 420 Haitians were infected and 284 had died. Aid workers are scrambling to contain the spread of the disease, which has not occurred in Haiti for generations.
The IsraAid team will assess the progress of its programs currently undertaken by two of its member organizations, Tevel B’Tzedek and the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development.
IsraAid representatives will then continue to New Orleans for the upcoming Jewish Federation General Assembly (GA), where they will present an exhibit depicting their work in Haiti. The exhibit will be on display in one of the IDF tents used to house the first field hospital in the earthquake-ravaged country.
The tent was later transformed into the first official school in the camp in Port au Prince. GA attendees will see tables and chairs that were used in the tent, as well as photos and video of the Israeli aid operations in Haiti.
IsraAID, a coalition of 17 Israeli and Jewish NGOs, has had Israeli staff on the ground in Haiti since four days after the earthquake occurred. Over this ten-month period, IsraAID teams have provided various essential services to the thousands affected by the earthquake, including emergency medical treatment, primary family medical care, medical rehabilitation, informal education, assistance with food production, programs for women’s empowerment, safe-space programs for children and psychotrauma services