ISRAEL21c, a non-profit organization and online news source, has launched an interactive, multi-media exhibition that explores the global reach of Israel’s humanitarian aid and development assistance.
“My Name Is Israel” is the second in ISRAEL21c’s series of Do-It-Yourself exhibitions for readers and users. The exhibit covers 15 ways that Israel has sent aid to 140 countries, including disaster relief, community building, and medical care.
It include articles, photos, and videos that show disaster relief for earthquakes, floods and hurricanes—including search and rescue, medical aid, psychological assistance, and post-disaster assistance efforts—as well as efforts to bring clean water and efficient agricultural practices to developing countries.
“In our 15 slides, we bring you stories of Israeli aid in the wake of international disasters,” the introduction to the exhibit says. “We also explore how Israelis help refugees, the citizens of enemy nations, and how they share their expertise and knowledge worldwide.”
Other aid includes physical healthcare like free eye surgeries, AIDS prevention programs, cervical cancer screenings, malaria prevention, medical clowning, free heart surgeries and public health education, as well as mental healthcare such as psychological experts who help people around the world cope after experiencing terror, war or natural disasters.
Israeli organizations also assist refugees from Syria, Iraq, Rwanda, Chechnya, Kenya, and more, offering anything from rescue at sea, to medical and psychosocial support, educational aid and humanitarian relief.
The exhibition name refers to a baby boy who was named Israel as a thank you to the Israeli people because he was born in a field hospital set up by the Israel Defense Forces. Audrin Antigua, a Filipina woman in Bogo City, gave birth to Israel in November 2013 after the deadly category-5 storm Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. The IDF rushed to help, arriving almost first on the scene, with a delegation of 150 doctors, nurses and search and rescue units.
The stories in the exhibition offer an exciting and moving account of how Israelis of every religion take the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and apply it literally to try to help people everywhere in the world.