Over the last 14 years, we at ISRAEL21c have written extensively about Israeli humanitarian aid around the world. Month after month, year after year, we’ve bought you some of the most incredible stories of how a tiny nation with a population of just 8.5 million people has saved and enriched lives all over the planet.
Since it was founded in 1948, Israel has sent aid to 140 countries, helping people on virtually every continent with anything from emergency medical aid to psychological counselling, educational and environmental relief. And yet very few people know about it.
Now we have brought these stories together in a remarkable online exhibition, My Name is Israel, which you can use and share wherever you want. The exhibition, which launches next week, is a powerful account of some of the most moving stories of Israeli aid overseas. It follows in the footsteps of our first wildly successful exhibition, 18 Ways Israel is Changing the World, which went on exhibit in hundreds of locations around the world.
In My Name is Israel, we tell the story of the maid pulled out of the rubble by Israeli rescuers five days after a catastrophic earthquake devastated Nepal; the 16-month-old Afghani refugee who was brought to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery; the Syrian girl treated for cancer at a Haifa hospital; and the Israeli doctor who has devoted his career to helping eradicate parasitic infections in Africa.
These are just a few of the many heartwarming stories you can explore in our exhibition, which looks at Israeli aid work in every field from disaster relief to refugee support, and educational programs in agriculture, water management, security, trauma and healthcare.
My Name is Israel features 15 full-color slides, which anyone can share online or download, print and post in any location. You can display the exhibition for your organization, school or publication, or anywhere you want people to learn more about Israel.
Each of the slides will include both textual information about the area of aid and QR links to significant further reading material that can help viewers gain a detailed picture of how Israelis of every religion are taking the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and applying it literally to try to help people worldwide in so many different ways.