Episcopal Relief & Development partners with HIAS to provide mental health support in response to Israel-Hamas war

Episcopal Relief & Development
Posted Oct 30, 2023

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with HIAS to provide psychosocial support in the aftermath of the Hamas attack in southern Israel in early October.

Over 1400 people were killed, more than five thousand were injured and roughly 200 hostages were taken as a result of the October 7 attack. People were also displaced from their communities, including migrants who had fled their homelands for safety in Israel. In response to the traumatic experience, Episcopal Relief & Development is working with HIAS to provide mental health support to individuals and groups, particularly focusing on older adults, refugees and asylum seekers.

HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides services to refugees and asylum seekers, has worked in Israel since 1950, developing a network of local partners across the country. For decades, HIAS has responded to emergencies around the world, assisting displaced populations.

“Episcopal Relief & Development’s partnership with HIAS will allow us to reach survivors who are in a vulnerable state,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We are committed to supporting the recovery of all people whose lives have been affected by the war.”

Please continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land and for Episcopal Relief & Development partners. Support of the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fundwill help to address immediate and long-term needs created by the Israel-Hamas war through locally-led partnerships.