On April 25, 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 7000 and leaving 8,000 wounded and tens of thousands seeking shelter and food. Israel was one of the first countries to respond.
According to CNN, the Israeli aid team to the Himalayan nation was one of the largest in manpower, numbering 260 people, more than all the other aid efforts examined by CNN combined.
The Israeli mission comprising of doctors and search and rescue personal, set up a 60 bed field hospital and treated 1600 patients, carrying out 85 life-saving surgeries, and delivering 8 babies. It also included members of Israeli organizations Magen-David Adom, ZAKA, Israel-Aid and Dream Doctors, who contributed their experience and assistance on the ground!
The story of Israeli humanitarian aid is not a new one, as Israel has always been amongst the first countries, offering international aid, following global natural disasters and accidents.
Back home, Israel has over 32,000 non-profit organizations, more then any country per-capita, in every field possible, and it tackles the complexities of defending itself against Palestinian terror organizations, that seek to destroy Israel, while providing humanitarian assistance to the general Palestinian population. Click here to learn more!