• Israel Defense Forces (IDF) medical and rescue teams have responded to earthquakes in all corners of the globe, including: Mexico (1985); Armenia (1988); Turkey (1999); El Salvador, India, and Peru (2001); Indonesia (2006); Haiti (2010); Japan (2011); and Nepal (2015).
• In 1994, during the Rwandan genocide, Israel initiated Operation Interns for Hope, establishing a field hospital in neighboring Zaire to
bring medical aid to refugees.
• Israel sent aid supplies to Sri Lanka in response to the devastating flood of 2003.
• Israel was among the first three countries to provide aid to victims of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged parts of Southeast Asia.
• Israel sent humanitarian and medical aid to the Philippines when it was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and to Puerto Rico in the
aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
• Israel has treated thousands of Syrians wounded in the civil war despite Syria’s ongoing hostilities against Israel.
• Israel’s Volcani Center for agricultural research has partnered with 32 countries, providing superior cattle bloodlines to improve milk output and assisting the dairy industries of developing countries.
• From Poland to Turkmenistan, farmers work alongside Israeli irrigation specialists from the agribusiness company Netafim to improve crop yields while helping to preserve the environment.
• Israel offers agricultural training to farmers from Gaza, the West Bank, and Egypt.
• Using a mutant gene, Israeli scientists have developed strains of corn to resist witchweed, a parasite that harms crops in much of sub-Saharan Africa, leading to improved crop yields.
• Israel is working with the U.S. to give agricultural aid and training to Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda in the areas of food production, crop cycles, and the environment.
• In 23 years, the Israeli organization Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) has treated over 4,900 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease in 57 countries where quality medical care is unavailable.
• A natural bacterium discovered in Israel helps control mosquitoes and black flies, preventing river blindness and malaria in 11
African nations and reducing infection along China’s Yangtze River by 90 percent.
• Israeli ophthalmologists travel to countries throughout the developing world to treat preventable blindness and ocular disease. Teams of Israeli doctors set up “eye camps,” bringing high-tech treatments that are otherwise unavailable.
• Israel’s official emergency service, Magen David Adom, trains first aid instructors from developing countries to teach life-saving techniques in their home countries.
• Founded in 1958, the Israel Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV) assists developing nations with environmental, educational,
development, and emergency preparedness programs.
• MASHAV conducts 300 courses for emerging nations annually and has trained over 270,000 participants in over 140 countries,
from Albania to Zimbabwe.
• Israel worked closely with India to help it develop irrigation and desalination projects to reduce waste and increase access to water
for all of India’s citizens.
• In 2006, using a development plan crafted at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, the Brazilian state of Ceara increased economic growth
while reducing inequality, a model now being adopted elsewhere in South America.
• Named after Israel’s fourth prime minister, the Golda Meir Mount Carmel Training Center was founded in 1961 to improve the lives
and positions of women through education.
• Innovation: Africa brings Israeli solar energy to African villages to help them keep the lights on at school and power wells that allow
children to spend their time learning instead of looking for water.
• The Rwanda Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a home for Rwandan children orphaned by that country’s genocide, is modeled after a
youth village for Israeli orphans. The village opened in 2008 and now is home to 500 young Rwandans.
• Israel is training teachers in 46 countries in Africa and five countries in South America.
1979–Israel aids refugees from Cambodia
1985–Israel aids earthquake victims in Mexico
1988–Israel aids earthquake victims in Armenia
1992–Israel aids victims of civil war in Bosnia
1994–Israel provides medical aid for refugees from Rwanda
1997–Israel helps extinguish a major fire in Turkey
1998–Israel sends search and rescue team to U.S.
Embassy bombing site in Kenya
1998–Israel aids flood victims in Central America
1999–Israel aids refugees from Kosovo
1999–Israel aids earthquake victims in Turkey
2000–Israel provides emergency aid to Ethiopia
2001–Israel aids earthquake victims in El Salvador
2001–Israel aids earthquake victims in India
2001–Israel aids earthquake victims in Peru
2003–Israel aids flood victims in Sri Lanka
2004–Israel aids tsunami victims in Sri Lanka
2005–Israel aids Hurricane Katrina victims in the U.S.
2006–Israel aids earthquake victims in Indonesia
2006–Israel aids flood victims in Romania
2007–Israel aids firefighting in Macedonia
2007–Israel aids tropical storm victims in Mexico and the Dominican Republic
2010–Israel aids earthquake victims in Haiti
2011–Israel aids earthquake victims in Japan
2013–Israel aids typhoon victims in the Philippines
2015–Israel aids earthquake victims in Nepal
2017-Israel aids hurricane victims in Puerto Rico
2018-Israel aids tsunami victims in Indonesia
2019-Israel aids dam collapse victims in Brazil