Natan- International Humanitarian Aid Operations:
Lesbos Island, Greece - February 2017 - ongoing
The OHF (One Happy Family) campus, created by Natan with our local partner SwissCross.Help, has been active since mid-April on six acres of private land. An empty warehouse on a hilltop was completely refurbished and renovated by our volunteers working together with refugees. The compound includes a community center, a restaurant, and the Education Center, all operated and staffed by the refugees themselves. Natan is responsible for the education and training for all ages.
The Education Center was built by volunteers: residents of 2 nearby refugee camps and Israeli Jews and Arabs, alumni of Hashomer Hatzair; Ajyal Youth Movements . Since the last week of April, the Education Center has been teaching fifty children aged 6-12 in two paths, Arabic and the Farsi. This is the only schoolroom on the island where refugee children are taught in their native languages. The teachers are skilled refugees, experienced educators in their home country, teaching the subjects in the children's mother tongue. The education team comprises 16 teachers and 5 volunteers. The Education Center offers morning language courses to adults. In the afternoons, children learn languages, math, art, sports and more. Adjacent to the classrooms is a library, equipped with books in Arabic, English, French and other languages, all sent by donors from abroad following an online book drive.
The next phase planned for the OHF Campus will be the opening of a new mobile dental clinic, a modern mobile facility operated by CADENA and Natan’s volunteers, is the result of a wider partnership and support by the Alpha-Omega Fraternity of Jewish dentists around the world and the Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine of Tel Aviv University. In future, the mobile clinic will also serve Tel Aviv University students in a local project for youth at-risk.
Construction of the Refugee Center and Educational Enrichment Center - Feb - April. Building completed mid-April, 2017
Chios Island, Greece - Souda Refugee Camp (Oct 2016 – Feb 2017)
Natan's operation at Souda Refugee Camp on Chios Island Greece began in October 2016 with a professional needs assessment. The operation included: 6 social workers, serving on 2-person teams in rotation; 2 doctors providing medical training and on-site first aid as needed; a head of operations and infrastructure. Each team included Arabic speakers and English speakers. The social workers provided trauma, emotional first-aid and psycho-social training to 45 volunteers of foreign aid organizations at the site, as well as ongoing support to the volunteers, many of whom had been deployed there for long periods and were suffering from 'battle fatigue' due to the intense emotional pressure of the work. Natan provided psycho-social support to women at the Athena Center for Refugee Women on Chios.
Serbia- Middle East Refugees (2015-2016):
Serbia Refugee Aid Mission: Starting in 2015 Natan has become engaged in a totally different context, that of providing medical aid and assistance to some of the thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran who have been flowing into Europe from different points on the globe. Natan has located itself in Serbia, and with the cooperation of Serbian NGO's -B92 fond, TRAG fondacia and Youth for Refugee - and other foreign NGO's has provided primary medical care to over 2700 refugees in the small town of Presevo near the Macedonian border. Natan has incorporated among its volunteers both Israeli Jews and Arabs in its medical and psychosocial teams, a unique combination among all participating NGO's which enhances Natan's ability to make a difference.
Nepal 2015: 5 missions provided medical aid to about 2400 people in remote villages and trained more than 250 local professionals and leaders in trauma care. The program continues in the Dahding region with medical trainings for midwives and educators’ training in reproductive health.
Jordan- Syrian refugees’ caregivers (2015):
18 professionals of our Jordanian partner – Jordan Health Aid International (JHAS) participated in a public health and prevention course in Jerusalem. All the trainees are working in Al Zaatari Camp, the biggest refugee camp in Jordan.
Philippines – Typhoon Yolanda (2013-2014):
The operation, which included 8 delegations, focused on Guiuan region in the Samar island. It began with medical and psychological relief, moved on to training local professionals and targeted populations, and concluded with community development initiatives.
Haiti Earthquake (2010):
6 delegations of doctors, paramedics, mental health and trauma experts, community workers and childcare staff
Georgia War with Russia (2008):
Delegations of professionals in the fields of psycho-trauma, art therapy, medicine, education and institutional reconstruction worked with the internal refugees in the city of Gori.
India & Sri Lanka Tsunami (2004):
12 medical relief delegations treated 14,548 patients. 3 mobile clinic units worked with 79 communities