JDC leverages nearly a century’s experience helping Jewish communities worldwide confronted by the most difficult challenges—disaster, extreme poverty, political instability, genocide—to create innovative programs that benefit some of the world’s neediest populations. Seed money from JDC leverages funds from the U.S. government, foreign governments, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, and individual donors.
In times of emergency, JDC turns on the dime to provide critical humanitarian relief:
Vital food, water, and medicine for families that lost everything in the Southeast Asia tsunami; rehabilitation and reconstruction projects that reached half a million people.
State-of-the art medical care and rehabilitation for amputee victims of the Haitian earthquake; two years of relief efforts directly impacting 300,000+ Haitians.
A public health initiative promoting early breast cancer detection in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, and Russia by providing life-saving access to screening, treatment, and psychological support for women and families.
A youth village built together with US, Israeli, and Rwandan experts as a haven where young genocide survivors can heal and grow.
An education initiative in Ethiopia that includes scholarships for young women pursuing university degrees; the construction of primary schools in rural villages; and a placement program for doctors from renowned universities.
JDC’s immediate relief and long-term development assistance has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people facing crises around the globe.