Currently Accepting Funds for:
Syrian Refugee Crisis – Find out more.
East Africa Food Crisis – Find out more.
International Crisis Response
Ve’ahavta is committed to international crisis response. For us, this is a core part of tikun olam – repairing the world. Ve’ahavta is a member of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), which embodies the long tradition of Jewish humanitarianism by bringing together the experience, expertise, and resources of primarily North American Jewish organizations that seek to assist victims of natural or human-made disasters on a non-sectarian basis. The JCDR maximizes the use of financial resources, coordinates the activities of its member agencies, and educates the members’ constituencies and the general public about current disasters around the world.
Previous Crisis Relief Funds:
HAITI – Following the January, 2010 earthquake which left three hundred thousand dead, half a million homeless, and countless buildings, homes, and livelihoods shattered, Canadians donated $228,000 to the Ve’ahavta Haiti Crisis Fund. These funds were immediately allocated to help facilitate the shipment of food, provide shelter, education, and medical aid, as well as to support relief efforts on the ground.
JAPAN – Ve’ahavta raised $20,000 for victims of the April, 2011 earthquake in Japan. Funds were distributed through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief to support food and water distribution programs, provide emergency shelters, and psycho-social programs.
HAIFA – Ve’ahavta raised $20,000 to support emergency feeding programs for those affected by the fire in Haifa in 2010. Funds, distributed through Hazon Yeshaya Humanitarian Network, also provided post trauma intervention programs implemented by the Israel Trauma Coalition, as well as the burn unit at Rambam Hospital.
PHILIPPINES – Super Typhoon Megi made landfall in the northern Philippines on October 18, 2010 battering coastal villages in the Isabela and Cagayan Provinces. The impact on livelihoods has been grave. Through Save the Children, Ve’ahavta contributed $1,200 to support local initiatives.
PAKISTAN – The 2010 Pakistan flood began in late July, 2010, as a result of heavy monsoon rains, and affected the Indus River basin. Ve’ahavta raised and donated $15,000 to support the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s local partners to provide emergency shelter, food, fuel, and water.
SYRIA – As a result of the Syrian civil war, approximately 12-18 million people have been displaced within Syria and its neighboring countries. Over half a million Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan seeking safety within its borders. In response to this dire humanitarian crisis, the Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, a sub group of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), has called on the Jewish community to raise funds to aid the growing Syrian refugee population in Jordan’s urban areas and refugee camps. Donations support Jordanian and international partners operating non-political aid programs, providing food, water, shelter, medical care, clothing, and other services. To date, approximately, $600,000 has been directed to this relief effort.
NEPAL – Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015, the community rallied in response helping Ve’ahavta to raise $35,945 which was donated to the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR). The JCDR allocated the funds to organizations working on the ground in Nepal providing immediate and long term assistance in such areas as housing rehabilitation, food distribution, psychosocial support, sustainable livestock support, women’s livelihood development and sanitation. Organizations supported by the JCDR include Chabad of Kathmandu, Tevel B’Tzedek, Boudha Bahanupati Project Pariwar, World Jewish Relief, IsraAID, Israel Trauma Coalition, Israeli Fund for UNICEF and the Society for International Development.
Additional crisis response efforts have included:
Slave Lake, Alberta fires
Wellesley St. community housing fires
East African famines
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