January 27, 2010
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Israel Defense Forces Field Hospital (RPRN) 01/27/10 — Israel Defense Forces IDF medical teams and the humanitarian relief delegation of Israel Flying Aid at the Israel Defense Forces Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince were awakened this morning by two new aftershocks which rocked Haiti exactly two weeks after a massive earthquake left up to 300,000 dead.
Normally it would be the sound of roosters, loud IDF PA systems announcements and the roar of helicopters flying over the camp which would open the many sleepy and tired eyes.
As the Israel Defense Forces continued to care for and transfer the critically injured to other hospitals, they slowly began to pack their supplies and take down their green tents. The IDF had arrived within 3 days of the earthquake and within 8 hours were operating on patients.
But contrary to press reports that Israel is leaving this Caribbean nation, Israel Flying Aid has announced that it plans to move its tent camp to a nearby orphanage.
Yesterday, Israel Flying Aid and the Israel Defense Forces visited an orphanage in Haiti where they examined 50 children who were suffering from severe starvation. Many of the children had bloated stomachs, something that Jews had not seen since the Holocaust.
An IDF Lt. Colonel and three nurses began to vaccinate the children, while professional clowns which were brought to Haiti by Israel Flying Aid, provided the children with treatment for trauma.
The children quickly grabbed and ate the fish, rice, beans and fresh milk that IFA had brought to them – food that they had not seen for almost two weeks.
Israel Flying Aid and Orange Israel Telecommunications announced that they plan to aid humanitarian efforts in Haiti by creating an orphanage which will immediately accommodate 70 children.
This will be the first of three stages of establishing an orphanage which is expected to absorb over 200 children in Haiti.
The orphanage will be staffed by both Haiti and Israel volunteers. These volunteers will provide primary medical care, educational, social services, nutrition and trauma treatment working in cooperation 20 Nuns.
"Israel Flying Aid is based upon the Jewish principles of the prophet Isaiah to: 'Uphold the rights of the orphan; defend the cause of the widow, and in doing so we do not discriminate by race, nationality or religion," said Gal Lusky, CEO and founder of IFA.
"We urgently need funds to continue this operation and other humanitarian missions for which we carry out throughout the year around the world. To help those children who were injured and or abandoned. We have supplies for the children in Haiti for just a few more weeks, we need additional funds which will last them throughout the year and the hurricane season."
IFA, which was established in 2005, has an uncompromising obligation to the victims of disaster and not to their countries, governments, militias, or military that may prevent international assistance to victims. IFA chooses to deliver aid to communities that are hostile toward Israel, such as Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia and others.
Hundreds of IFA volunteers, who leave their families on short notice and risk their lives as they are dispatched to the most remote areas of the world in order to help those most in need, are brave individuals who represent the heart of Israel.
Israel Flying Aid reaches out on behalf of the Jewish people in the spirit of peace, love, and
IFA is placing an urgent appeal to the global public to assist in finding and treating children in Haiti by sending donations to Israel Discount Bank, branch 199, account # 57797, SWIFT ID: BLILIT.
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The Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) Foundation renders help new arrivals to Israel, victims of catastrophes, terrorist acts and to low-income victims of terror in other countries. The Michael Cherney Foundation is also involved in the news, media and information effort with regards to providing facts on Israel democracy and Islamic terror.
The Rochelle and Richard Maize Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports and contributes volunteer and financial resources to causes locally in the community and worldwide by supporting meaningful programs focusing on art, culture, family services, humanitarian and health care that work to help people live more fulfilling lives.
Richard Maize has generously supported organizations and causes including the American Cancer Society, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Hurricane Katrina, Los Angeles Police Foundation, and Cedars Sinai Board of Governors.
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