What Is ?
was created by a group of Israelis with an unwavering
commitment to promoting the fundamental need and basic right of individuals to receive
meaningful and lasting assistance, and a profound desire to provide aid to individuals in
situations of suffering and distress throughout the world because of circumstances beyond
In our philosophy,
has much in common with other humanitarian organizations, yet we are a unique and distinct
addition to both the international community of humanitarian organizations and to Israeli
Work Approach of
Our activities vary widely both in type and in location, and
they are all developed with careful attention to the stated needs of the local community
the project will serve. All projects are designed to have the greatest impact in the
long-term, and they are developed in close coordination with local community authorities.
believes that this type of humanitarian activity -- recipient-designed rather than
donor-designed -- represents an important trend in the international humanitarian
In addition to the uniqueness of our work approach, which we hope will have an impact on
the international community of humanitarian organizations, also fills a gaping hole in Israeli society
and consciousness. Until now, there has been no organization in Israel addressing both
facets of our mission: first, raising consciousness about humanitarian issues, and second,
developing specific, carefully-planned long-term programs to provide aid and assistance to
residents of regions in distress throughout the world.
With these goals in mind, projects provide unique opportunities for
Israelis with rich knowledge - primarily in the areas of health, agriculture and education
- to offer their broad and varied experience as a resource to residents of regions in
distress throughout the world.
including emergency missions, are designed with long-term impact in mind. As such,
training courses and permanent structures are preferred over quick, short-term oriented
operates in a manner that respects the dignity of human lives irrespective of origin,
religion, gender or political affiliation; safeguards the basic rights of each individual;
and protects the natural environment and ecological balance.
Organizational Structure and Administration
is a non-profit organization, based in Jerusalem, which
operates on a permanent basis. Coordinated by an Executive Steering Committee of
volunteers and a small paid administrative staff, the organization plans and executes
projects in different countries with the support of a team of volunteers and a bank of
's Board of Trustees
is composed of well-known Israeli public figures, representing all areas of Israeli
leadership, who are committed to the organization's basic principles.
and administrative support from philanthropic organizations, corporations, individuals,
and other non-government organizations throughout the world. All activities are