The Humanitarian Trust,
founded by the late Abie Nathan and Havatzelet in cooperation with the Kibbutz
Industrial Association and the Kibbutzes Movement, was made to help and ease
the suffering of those in need, regardless of their faith, race, gender or
nationality, across the globe and especially in Israel.
The organization provides
assistance at times of national-scale disaster, such as earthquakes, floods,
famine or any other natural disaster, as well as in events of governmental
mistreatment of civilians.
This assistance is
provided under two conditions. The first condition is that the receiving
country wishes to receive this humanitarian aid and is unable to provide all
the necessary support to save lives. In these cases, emergency aid is provided
in the form of food and equipment, in accordance with Abie Nathan's view that support
should be delivered by the volunteers without the involvement of any
intermediaries, from the moment it is collected until it is delivered into the
hands of the individual in need, in the afflicted area.
The second principle is
that all the work is carried out by unpaid volunteers.
The method. Upon learning of the
disaster, an emergency telephone network is activated between the volunteering
members, each of whom has a pre-determined assignment. The experience
accumulated over the years enables speedy performance of this step and take-off
to the afflicted area in a very short space of time. Most members have acted in
Ruanda, Biafra, Ethiopia, Columbia, Honduras, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kosovo, assisting
the Kurds, in Mozambique, Nicaragua, Armenia, Peru, Somalia and Georgia.
The most recent activity
was in Sri Lanka, following the tsunami, and in Haiti, following the
earthquake. We were also active during the Second Lebanon War in supplying food
to the civilian population confined to bomb shelter, as well as organizing vacation
days for the children, and after the war in the rehabilitation of forests and
The Trust operates in
Israel as well, when humanitarian aid is needed. Activity in Israel is conducted
modestly, in the form of secret charity, usually before the holidays, or in the
event that a particular family has experienced life-shattering calamity. In
addition, the Trust has acted in providing support to families afflicted by floods
and families of members of the South Lebanon Army (SLA) residing in Israel, in
the social struggle of the physically disabled, in aid of workers made
redundant, in support for those affected by the Dolphinarium bombing and
supporting refugees, the elderly, holocaust survivors and invalids.
The people of the Trust. The Kibbutz Industry
factories are the body recruited for the humanitarian enterprises and most of
the volunteers are from the Kibbutzes Movement.
The Chairman and founder
of the organization is Henry Alexelsi from Ein HaShofet. The Trust is run by
the Havatzelet Fund.