Natan-International Humanitarian Aid has aspired over years of activity to fulfill fundamental values of respect for the individual to life, pursuit of liberty, the right to a secure life, food and shelter, liberalism and freedom of expression. Abie Natan, an iconic Israeli humanitarian , hasprovided the inspiration to the organization that bears his name, and attempts to reach these goals by the integration of resources and capabilities through the provision of humanitarian assistance to any individual in need whether in Israel or throughout the world.
Natan's resume includes some of the major disaster zones in the last half of the twentieth century since 1968 when Abie Natan established the fund for the children of Biafra following the humanitarian disaster in that area. In Israel the organization which he directed, initiated a number of humanitarian projects to vulnerable populations .
Natan works to catalyze capabilities, resources and areas of expertise by organizations and individuals by utilizing the relative advantages of Israel as a center of knowledge and experience in emergency relief. Natan consists of a cooperative platform of Israeli humanitarian organizations which mobilizes its resources for both natural and man- made disasters. Among the members and founders of Natan are several individuals and organizations who have been involved over many years in humanitarian aid operations throughout the world. Natan’s missions in the field are exclusively composed of professionals volunteering to share their experience and skills.
Over the last 14 years Natan has been active in disaster areas including Sir Lanka after the Tsunami, Georgia after the war with Russia, Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake, , the Philippines following typhoon Yolanda and over the last year, in Nepal. In these areas of disaster Natan sent out tens of missions involved with medical aid, psychological support, community resilience development and established the basis for future cooperation with international organizations.
Natan has provided primary medical care to those in need as well as psychosocial training , all provided by volunteer Israeli doctors, medical personnel, social workers and psychologists. As a rule Natan works with other NGOs, local and foreign, with the philosophy of "capacity building" as a major tenant to its raison d'etre. Experienced by the many security events in Israel, Natan has developed a specific knowhow in psychosocial approach to population in stress or trauma.