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

The refugee story is one that is so close to home for so many within our own community. Since 2015, we have responded to the refugee crisis in both Greece and Turkey, providing both relief and recovery to people fleeing war and persecution. 

Since 2016, we have worked in the UK, with the Specialist Training and Employment Programme for refugees (STEP) supporting Syrian refugees to find employment and integrate into British society.

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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:

158
Young people supported in Greece in 2017-18 with secure accommodation and psycho-social support
95
Family unification cases undertaken in Greece 2017-18
350
Refugees supported to find employment in the UK in 17-18
75%
Employment rate for UK refugees of those who are ready to work

Working with Syrian refugees in the UK

World Jewish Relief’s Specialist Training and Employment Programme for refugees (STEP), supports Syrian refugees who have come to Britain as part of the Home Office’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and participants on the Government’s Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS). STEP helps resettled refugees to develop the skills and identify the opportunities they need to secure sustainable employment, thereby enabling them to integrate fully into British society, so that they can become self-reliant, contributing and valued members of Britain’s multi-cultural community.

 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.