Operation Islands Of Hope

December 12, 2013
BY Baltimore Jewish Council


Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful cyclone, hit the Philippines in early November. Although the cyclone did not directly affect Israel in any way, Israel immediately sent a delegation to help with medical treatment and repairing damaged infrastructures. Operation Islands of Hope was a delegation comprised of 150 people and 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies. Members of the delegation set up an advanced medical facility in Bogo where they treated 2,686 people in two weeks, performed 60 surgeries and helped with 36 births. In addition to much-needed medical help, the Home Front Command soldiers and officers helped to repair four schools that were damaged in the storm, and they installed a water cleaning system.

Even when their work in the Philippines was completed on Nov. 27, they took two Filipino children to Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel to be treated for cleft palates.

Israel once again demonstrated how the country is a light and is there for the people of the world in their time of need.

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