American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Mobilizes to Aid Victims of Myanmar Cyclone Nargis

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94 year old overseas humanitarian aid organization mobilizes large-scale relief effort with international partners, dispatching rescue workers, sending medical supplies, assessing longer-term development needs.

Thanks to its historical, 94 years of operation as a non-political entity and relief organization, JDC personnel has been granted entry visas to carry out humanitarian aid efforts for victims of Cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar last week.

Senior JDC professionals are en route to Myanmar, where they will assess the situation and carry out plans to aid the estimated several hundred thousand cyclone victims without shelter and safe drinking water. JDC currently assists some of the region's estimated 10 Jews.
JDC's Relief Efforts include:

  • Shipping $100,000 in initial emergency food and medical supplies in coordination with the Foreign Ministry of Israel.
  • In partnership with American Jewish Congress and B'nai Brith, dispatching a team from F.I.R.S.T (Fast Israeli Rescue & Search Team) to provide emergency assistance.
  • Mobilizing partners throughout the world, including Magen David Adom (MADA)--the Israeli Red Cross---to send rescue workers, medical personnel, a shipment of medical supplies, and emergency supplies.
  • Working closely with the local Jewish community to assess damage and help reach those who are not being served by others. Initial reports conclude that the one synagogue in Myanmar has been damaged.

Relief efforts are part of JDC's International Development Program (IDP) which responds to natural and manmade disasters, providing immediate relief and long-term assistance. JDC's non-sectarian efforts have provided aid to those affected by the cyclone in Bangladesh; the earthquake in Peru; the Tsunami in South Asia; the floods in Haiti and the Dominican Republic; the victims of terror in Turkey; the earthquakes in El Salvador, India, Morocco, and Turkey; the displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the eruption of the Mt. Nyiragongo volcano; and the war-torn communities in Kosovo.

Donations are being collected on a non-sectarian basis. To make a contribution:

By Phone: 212-687-6200
By Mail: check payable to:
JDC: Myanmar Cyclone Relief
P.O. Box 530
132 East 43rd St.
New York, NY, 10017

About the JDC
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) gives global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. On behalf of the North American Jewish community, in over 60 countries around the world, JDC rescues and assists Jews who have no other lifeline, revitalizes Jewish life and helps rebuild strong, self-sufficient communities. Special partnerships in Israel enable us to help our Jewish State in its constant striving to overcome the social challenges its most vulnerable citizens still face. And in the spirit of tikkun olam, repairing of the world, JDC offers non-sectarian disaster relief and longer-term development assistance worldwide.

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