WJR works closely with partner organisations to better understand and meet the immediate needs of older persons, children living in poverty, those living with disability, single mothers struggling to survive and victims of disaster. We will hear their voice, listen to their needs and respond. Our immediate interventions will seek to ensure a lasting impact in an appropriate, relevant way, which demonstrate good practice and are replicable. Read more about our partner organisations.
Merlin was founded in 1993 as a specialist charity sending medical teams in to disaster zones. Since then it has grown in to one of the world’s leading medical aid agencies, widening its unique mandate to rebuilding local health services, post-emergency, so that they may operate independently and effectively. Merlin helps communities set up hospitals, clinics, surgeries and training for nurses and other health workers. WJR has partnered with Merlin in Haiti, to establish five mobile clinics that are bringing primary and maternal health care to communities catastrophically affected by the earthquake that hit on January 12th 2010.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee also known as the JDC, is active in 66 countries working to rescue Jewish lives at risk, bringing relief to Jews in need and engaging in non-sectarian disaster relief and long-term development assistance. The organisation has a 97-year history of social action, having initially been set up as a distribution channel for funds from American Jews to Palestine. Today, the JDC has a global reach, from Argentina and Cuba to Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It has a particular focus on the former Soviet Union and poor Jewish communities across the region. A number of welfare, poverty relief and community-based projects run by the JDC in the former Soviet Union are supported through a close partnership with WJR. Countries involved include Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Save the Children works to support children who are denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection. The organisation emerged out of concern for children affected by the First World War and subsequent famines across Europe. Since then the organisation has expanded globally and now reaches over 7 million children a year through its work. WJR is working with Save the Children to provide child-friendly spaces in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.
UNICEF was created in December 1946 by the United Nations to provide food, clothing and health care to children facing famine and disease in the aftermath of the Second World War. Today, its work is carried out in 191 countries through eight regional offices and country offices worldwide. Its focus areas are child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, HIV/AIDS, child protection and policy advocacy. UNICEF and WJR are working together to provide emergency relief in Kenya and Ethiopia to those affected by the ongoing food crisis in the region.
The Kenya Red Cross embodies the work and principles of the International Red Cross movement, operating in the country since 1965. As a voluntary organisation, it operates through a network of 64 branches and eight regional offices throughout the country. It is constitutionally mandated to assist the Kenyan Government to carry out humanitarian work in times of peace or conflict. It focuses on natural disaster such as drought, famine and floods. The International Red Cross is the largest humanitarian movement, represented in 185 countries worldwide. The Kenya Red Cross is being supported by WJR to support food provisions for thousands of children affected by the food crisis in the region.
Leonard Cheshire Disability works internationally and in the UK to enable disabled people to improve their quality of life and to campaign for the removal of barriers which hinder them. Working primarily through local organisations and institutions, the charity delivers direct services and drives campaigns for action on disability rights. The organisation develops community-based programmes that seek to engage and mobilise educators, health providers, families, community leaders, the business sector and local media to achieve goals on disability issues. WJR works with Leonard Cheshire to provide health and rehabilitation programmes in tsunami-affected villages in Tamil Nadu, India, focusing on the needs of disabled people in the region.
Working in the town of Kharkov, Ukraine, Unity supports retirement-aged citizens, the disabled and the homeless with welfare programmes and social care. Across a range of different projects, Unity volunteers give their time to supporting these three groups within the city who are unable to take sufficient care of themselves. Unity’s outreach to homeless and elderly people in Kharkov is supported by WJR.
Creavita promotes the rights of people with disabilities in Ukraine, seeking to promote their inclusion within wider society. Focusing on the town of Kharkov, it supports children with disabilities to enter mainstream schooling, provides transport services and home adaptations for disabled individuals. Existing homes in Kharkov, mainly built in the Soviet era, provide wheelchair-bound residents with a number of obstacles to leaving and entering their homes. The organisation thus sees house-accessibility as a main focus of activities. WJR is partnered with Creavita to help provide the vital house adaptations for disabled residents of Kharkov.
Lyceum Shaalavim is an educational charity in Kharkov, Ukraine. Running its own school, it supports the educational needs of disabled children in the city, supporting them both inside and outside of the school. WJR helps the organisation with the running of the school and outreach facilities.
Zaporozhye Children’s Home helps orphans and vulnerable Jewish children in Zaparozhye, Ukraine. Operating its own children’s home, neglected or abandoned children are provided shelter along with education, medical care and collective psychological support. The organisation aims to provide these children with as close to a normal home environment as possible, providing them the best opportunities for a functional adulthood in later life. The Children’s Home has been supported for a number of years in close cooperation with WJR.
B’nai B’rith emerged in the 1840s as a humanitarian and poverty relief society for Jews in the USA. Now supporting both Jews and non-Jews, the organisation has extended its reach globally. Operating along the principle of Tikkun Olam, it seeks to support communities in crisis around the world with a range of welfare and relief projects. WJR and B’nai B’rith have worked together for a number of years to provide meals to Holocaust survivors and righteous gentiles in and around Kiev, Ukraine.
The Jewish Charitable Fund (Jewish Forum of Ukraine) seeks to build sustainable Jewish communities in terms of both economic welfare support and cultural regeneration. Primarily supporting those unable to receive restitution funding, the Forum provides elderly and adolescent Jews with food, medication and homecare. Most operations take place in the capital, Kiev. The JFU and WJR have partnered to provide home repairs to Jewish families and telephone upgrades to elderly Jewish residents in Kiev.
Based in the capital Kishinev, Speranta is a Moldovan organisation providing services to children with disabilities and their families. Working with other local service-providers, their goal is to secure the social inclusion of children with disabilities. Alongside direct service provision, it also works with local schools and authorities to help them best integrate disabled children in to mainstream society. Speranta works with WJR to provide vocational training to disabled youths in the capital city.
Casa Noua assists former street children in Kishinev, Moldova. Poverty and a range of social afflictions in Moldovan society in the post-Soviet era has lead to the growing phenomenon of abandoned or estranged children in major cities. Aiming to support their reintegration back in to local society, Casa Noua provides physical and psychological rehabilitation, schooling and vocational training as well as a home for the children. The organisation also seeks to reunite children with their families wherever possible. WJR provides support to Casa Noua in the running of its residential home.
The Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association, SACCA, founded in 2003, is a Rwandan NGO based in the Eastern Province region. It addresses the needs of street-based children, a problem pertinent in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide which deeply disturbed familial, societal and economic dynamics across the country. SACCA operates residential centres for these children as well as reintegration and prevention services in the Eastern Province region. It works closely with communities not only to identify children living on the streets but to prevent separation amongst struggling families. SACCA’s three residential homes in Eastern Province, along with its outreach programmes are supported by WJR.
Savyon Lodge provides residential care for elderly Jewish residents of Zimbabwe. Based in Bulawayo, its residential home provides full support to a large number of the remaining number of the Jewish community in the country. Alongside residential and social care it maintains a Jewish way of life for many individuals keen to preserve their traditions. The residential home has received support from WJR for a number of years.
The Support Group of Families of the Terminally Ill (SGOFOTI) respond to the HIV/AIDS situation plaguing Zimbabwe, SGOFOTI by supporting families of the terminally ill through a range of services. Based in Bulawayo, it provides counselling to affected families, occupational therapy and support for those orphaned by the disease. WJR works in close partnership with SGOFOTI to help it provide its three-pronged range of services to HIV/AIDS affected families in Bulawayo.