The Jewish Coalition for Sudan Relief convened in 2006. Made up of 24 mainly North American Jewish organizations, the Coalition has raised nearly $1 million to date for humanitarian relief for the people hit hardest by the crises in Sudan.
The Coalition’s programs have included:
- A partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to support emergency medical and nutritional relief in Darfur and Chad; and the operation of mobile health clinics in West Darfur.
- Providing reproductive health assistance in Darfur with the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, and a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to fund educational and support services for refugees in a camp in northeastern Chad.
- In conjunction with the International Medical Corps (IMC), the Coalition provided urgently needed hygiene packages, newborn care, general medical aid, and first aid kits to internally displaced persons; and funded mobile health clinics in West Darfur.
- Support to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and Mercy Corps to help address the important psychosocial needs of the displaced, enabling people to better handle their dire circumstances and begin long-term rehabilitation.
- Psychosocial support for Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and ASSAF. JDC’s program received Coalition support to deliver integrated education activities for Sudanese children in Eilat, Tel Aviv, and Arad.
- Aiding peace-building in southern Sudan by providing a grant to My Sister’s Keeper to put on a sustainable peace conference in Southern Kordofan, where Sudanese women leaders representing over a dozen localities came together to receive training in conflict management, strategizing, and action planning.