Responding to Emergencies

Every year, emergencies, like floods, famines, earthquakes and wars, put millions of lives in danger. With Britain’s Jewish community behind us, we respond to these disasters by providing emergency relief as well as supporting longer term recovery efforts.

Our current emergency response programmes include:

The refugee crisis

Europe is currently facing the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Fleeing conflict and persecution, millions are taking extraordinary risks to find safety. In September 2015, with the support of all key communal organisations, World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal for this unique global crisis.

Thanks to the British Jewish community, we have developed extensive programmes in both Greece and Turkey to support those who have fled war and persecution, predominantly from Syria.

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Tarek and his daughter.

Tarek left Syria with his wife, daughter, two sons and his son’s wife. We've provided mobile medical clinics in refugee camps to help families like Tarek's. 

Working with local trusted partners since 2015, World Jewish Relief has:

Supported 2,050 children in Turkey with back-to-school kits so they can start to get their lives back on track.
Provided 3,169 winter kits to help people to survive the freezing winter. The packs included a coat, boots, warm socks, clothes and a sleeping bag.
4,797 people who received medical help at emergency unit in Greece which assists those injured in the long and arduous journey across Europe.
Supported 3,642 refugees with humanitarian relief including basic shelter, food, clothing, wheelchairs and baby supplies.
Created a support centre for 1,559 Syrian women providing psycho-social support and education skills.

Working with Syrian refugees in the UK

World Jewish Relief has launched a unique employment programme which aims to provide support to 1,000 Syrian refugees arriving in the UK.

Drawing on the expertise gained from our back-to-work programmes with Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, the UK based programme will enable refugees to gain confidence and language skills and provide them with essential training to understand the UK workplace better. Less skilled refugees will access vocational training, work placements and post-placement support.

The programme is funded by a small number of private donors; money raised by World Jewish Relief for our refugee work in Greece and Turkey and other core projects in the former Soviet Union are not being used to support this programme.

Our work in Nepal

In April 2015, Nepal was hit by a huge earthquake, claiming the lives of over 8,000 people. We were amongst one of the first international development agencies to respond, immediately deploying a staff member and ensuring that we reached the most isolated and vulnerable communities as quickly as possible.

Our initial response provided: 

Emergency nutritional support to 210 households.

Emergency shelter support to 457 households.

We are also helping communities to recover their livelihoods by investing in rural activities that will help generate income for themselves and their families.

From emergency relief to recovery

As our programmes shift from emergency relief to recovery, World Jewish Relief is working with local partners to develop livelihood programmes. These will directly support 750 vulnerable people impacted by the earthquake in the hard-hit district of Rasuwa. We will be providing assistance and training in the agriculture sector, as well as vocational training.

These activities are part of a longer term strategy ensuring the recovery and prosperity of individuals and families for many years to come.

Thank you from Nepal

A big thank you from Nepal and from all of us here at World Jewish Relief.