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IsraAid's work in the Phillipines.

Too little has been made known to the wider public of the magnificent work being carried out by IsraAid to ease the pain and suffering of the people of the Phillipines after the recent, dreadful tornado which caused so much damage and so many deaths.
B'nai B'rith has just received an email message from Shachar Zahavi of IsraAid, going into great detail about the work they are doing as well as their plans for the future. Click on the link to see this email message and the photos which he has sent.
B'nai B'rith Europe commends this activity and thanks IsraAid for showing the world this wonderful example of Benevolence and Brotherly Love.

IsraAid is currently focusing on Medical treatment and Pyscho Social training and we will be addressing two additional programmes within the coming months .

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UPDATE:

PYSCHO SOCIAL PROGRAM
IsraAID's Pyscho-Social/Trauma specialists are working closely and providing training to the following groups
a. Philippine Ministry of Education - 255 teachers
b. Philippine Ministry of Social Work - 26 professionals
c. Philippine Security Forces - 28 Philippine National Police (PNP) members
d. Philippine Ministry of Health - 27 health officials from Linau and District 3
The teachers who participated in the psycho-social session have since implemented the newly-learned tools in their daily activities with thousands of children in particular during the first days of school after the disaster when the children and teachers struggled to return to their routine.

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MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The 9 members of the IsraAID medical team is working with the Ormoc Municipality, Department of Health (DOH), the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), and the District Social Welfare Department (DSWD). The two districts identified as lacking in medical services and requested medical assistance are Ipil (pop. 29,751) and Cogon – the most populated district in the city (44,596 people).

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As a result our team has been treating people in Cogon, Ipil and Albuera districts and provided health services during the past week to 1,940 patients from the mentioned communities and also attended 35 inmates from the Alta Vista City Jail. A new team of 5 Israeli health professionals have been sent this week to replace part of the staff which has been working on the ground for the past 3 weeks treating the local community.

FUTURE PLANS

PSYCHO – SOCIAL PROGRAM – the capacity building for local government officials highlighted the need for continuous support, training and supervision. The long-term plans that we are now looking into are:

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Teachers: Selecting 3 - 5 teachers in each of the 99 schools in the Ormoc Municipality and provide them with theoretical and practical tools to manage trauma. This will enable them to continue the psycho-social support to the students and teachers for the long term.

Security Forces, Health Officials and Rescue Teams: Additionally, the debriefing sessions showed the need for ongoing psycho-social support to prevent emotional damage therefore, IsraAID plans is to continue with training sessions and long term development for the Philippines National Police, The Philippine Rescue Forces and local health officials who were identified by the Ormoc Municipality as key actors.

SCHOOL RENOVATION AND REHABILITATION – Ipil Elementary School and Ipil High School were severely damaged by the Typhoon and are in a dire need of repair and rebuilding. IsraAID's representative met with the engineers of the Department of Education and an independent contractor for an estimation of costs with the hope to start working on the ground by January-February 2014.

LIVELIHOOD – Most of the population in Ormoc rely on agriculture and fishing which were severely affected by the Typhoon causing massive damage to their livelihood. Following an extensive research into the types of livelihood programs IsraAID in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture are in the process of building a long term physical and professionalized training programme which would address the needs of both women and men. We believe that fishery should be the main livelihood programme in the island following a needs assessment and understanding of how best to help those affected the most.

HEALTH - Currently the situation of the local health facilities are in critical condition. We are assessing with our local and international partners the extent of the affect and the basic needs until the local government would be able to return to stable work.