AMCHA in Nederland is een non-profit organisatie met als doel de bevordering van psychosociale hulp aan inwoners van Israël (onder wie voormalige Nederlanders) bij de verwerking van traumatische ervaringen die verband houden met de onderdrukking en vervolging door het Nazi-regime (1933-1945).
AMCHA biedt psychosociale hulp vanuit behandelcentra in Jeruzalem, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Netanya, Petach Tikwa, Holon, Haifa, Kiriyat Motskin, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Rehovot en Sderot en Nahariya. Daarnaast is de organisatie actief in kleinere centra verspreid over het land: Arad, Bat Yam, Ben Ami, Bait Kama, Dorot (Gilboa), Ein HaShofet, Hadera, Hof HaSharon, Kfar Maimon, Kfar Rupin, Kiriyat Tivon, Ma’alot, Makviim, Meitar, Mismar, HaEmek, Nir Israël, Pardes Hana, Savyon, Shoval, Tkuma, Urim Yad Benjamin en Yad Natan.
Deze e-mail ontving onze voorzitter uit Israël
Dec 2, 2020
As we prepare to celebrate the Festival of Light amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and still look forward to the future and embrace the excitement of what’s yet to come, Amcha Israel marked this past February its 33rd. anniversary. Over three decades ago, a group of Holocaust survivors and dedicated mental health professionals were determined to create a support network for Holocaust survivors inaugurating the first Amcha center in Jerusalem and opening the path to develop further.
Nowadays, Amcha operates 15 centers all over the country. This past year, despite the lockdown and the need to keep up with the guidelines and restrictions given by the Ministry of Health, Amcha has managed to provide its services in the best possible manner.
Amcha amidst the COVID-19 pandemic –For Israel’s Holocaust survivors, coronavirus is the plague of loneliness. In light of the state of emergency and government directives, and in response to the rapid spread of the virus, Amcha had to get organized and prepare to continue providing its services using the new platforms available nowadays.
Since the initial shut down our professional staff has mostly switched to remote therapy via phone, WhatsApp, video conferences and Zoom.
A small number of seniors, mostly from home care, asked to continue meeting face to face.
Amcha’s volunteers switched to almost daily telephone calls; in some cases weekly visits and phone/video calls.
We also recruited new volunteers to help deliver medicines, food packages and we mediated with other organizations to provide food deliveries for those in need.
With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis and during the first lockdown Amcha opened a “hot line” for Holocaust survivors. A team of therapists responded to telephone calls about 16 hours a day, which included interventions on how to deal with the crisis, dealing with the anxieties that arose, consultations with family members and responding to specific requests for help.
Special efforts are invested in the strict supervision of the professionals in order to support them in their work and to help them provide the best possible care to the survivors.
Since the beginning of the corona crisis, Amcha has been treating 85% of all patients on any given day.
Club activities are conducted in capsules – small groups of 10 participants meet 3-4 times a week. Activities took place during lockdown and even now through Zoom: lectures and shows such as a meeting with Yehoram Gaon (Israeli singer, actor, director, comedian, producer, TV and radio host) who told the survivors stories of his childhood in Jerusalem. Virtual Gatherings help to relieve the burden of isolation. Loneliness is a disease, and in the long run it will affect people’s -not only mental – but also physical health.
Remote work greatly increased the load on the computing system and communications volume, and required adequate technical solutions, the installation and implementation of new software, hardware and media, including new servers, integrating them into our existing systems, including expansion of communication capacity, webcams, speakers, software and hardware adaptations interfaces for patient referrals.
Although, for now, some of the restrictions have been lifted, many of the Survivors – being a high risk population, can’t hop on public transportation and come to our centers, still a great number of treatments are being conducted remotely.
The continuous support of our Dutch friends, has helped in making this transition possible .
During the current year Amcha has reached out to over 16,500 individuals and provided close to 365,000 professional activity hours, including almost 43,000 home visits by professionals and over 60,000 hours by volunteers, serving the most vulnerable, homebound survivors.
As previously updated Amcha’s CEO Dan Waldman retired from Amcha after 25 years of service and he’s been replaced by Yaacov Broder, which officially became Amcha Israel CEO on October 18th., 2020.
We thank you for your on-going commitment to Israel’s Holocaust survivors and your generous support to Amcha, which enables us to continue to provide critical services to the elderly survivors in our care.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Hanukkah – “May Light triumph over Darkness”
Amcha, National Israeli Center for Psychosocial Support of Holocaust survivors
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