Israeli aid group opens child center in Haiti


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli aid agency has established a child education center in a refugee camp in Haiti.

IsraAID partnered with local aid agencies to open the center in the Petionville Refugee Camp, the largest refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, on the site of a former golf course.

The camp has 60,000 Haitians living under the patronage of the American ambassador. The Israeli team already has provided medical post-trauma treatment to thousands of refugees in the camp.

The child education center is operating in tents that had been used for an Israeli field hospital donated by the Israel Defense Forces. Activities such as teaching, music, sports and earthquake readiness training will be held for 250 children at a time.

A similar center is expected to open this week at another refugee site.

The IsraAID missions to Haiti are funded by the American Jewish Committee and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, B’nai B’rith International and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as a number of other Jewish federations, including Los Angeles, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, New York and Miami.

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