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Israeli NGO sends delegation to assist Haiti, following deadly earthquake

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The Emergency Response team heading to Haiti ‘will distribute urgently needed relief items and assess immediate needs on the ground, focusing on relief distributions, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, and mental health support’

By ILANIT CHERNICK

Israeli Humanitarian NGO, IsraAID, has sent an emergency delegation to assist with life-saving efforts in Haiti after a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake has left over 1,200 people dead and thousands injured and displaced.

According to the organization, this will be the third time in the past 11 years that it has responded to natural disasters in the country.

“The Emergency Response team” heading to Haiti “will distribute urgently needed relief items and assess immediate needs on the ground, focusing on relief distributions, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, and Psychological First Aid and mental health support.”

“Vulnerable communities recovering from this disaster are now threatened by Tropical Storm Grace, which is expected to bring heavy rains and possible flooding and mudslides on Monday,” IsraAID said in a press statement on Sunday evening.

According to IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer, “Haiti is one of the most disaster-vulnerable places in the world and communities across the country have been through so much in recent years, from the 2010 earthquake to the 2016 hurricane to the recent political crisis.”

He explained that IsraAID “has a long history in Haiti and we are committed to doing what we can to provide urgent support in the midst of this crisis.  Haitian communities are made up of some of the most resilient people we have worked with.”

“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them for as long as we are needed to build back better,” Polizer added.

IsraAID first got involved with assisting Haiti in 2010 after a masssive earthquake left over 200,000 people dead and caused major damage to the countries infrastructure. An emergency relief team was also sent in 2016 to assist the country in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which also caused major devestation.

**Photo Credit: IsraAID

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