The Consortium for Israel & the Asylum Seekers works with organizations and individuals to further our shared message of meeting the needs of the asylum-seeking community in Israel. Here are some of the organizations and a description of what they do. We encourage you to contact them to learn more about the important work they do every day!
ARDC: African Resource Development
ARDC: The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to protect, assist and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. ARDC promotes leadership and self-sufficiency as well as advocates for a humane and fair Israeli asylum policy.. You can support ARDC here.
Kuchinate: African Women's Collective
Kuchinate: African Women's Collective is women’s empowerment project was designed for women who were victims of torture or have other special circumstances, such as special needs children. Their projects allow women flexible work opportunities and support for themselves and their children. You can support Kuchinate here.
Addressing Urgent Need in Israel, one person at a time
ATZUM seeks to extend assistance and protection to tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled to Israel in the past decade, particularly those from African nations who escaped the threats and privations of state sponsored violence, oppression and civil war. As these refugees have no safe country to which they might today return, ATZUM works to urge the State of Israel to assure their right to remain, to work, and to secure access to health insurance and adequate housing.
You can support ATZUM here.
HIAS in Israel
During the last three years, HIAS in Israel has assisted hundreds of asylum seekers in legal proceedings, including detention, asylum, and domestic violence cases. HIAS prioritizes individuals that are vulnerable, such as victims of torture and trafficking, single parents, unaccompanied minors, and LGBTI asylum seekers. HIAS also facilitates the resettlement of some cases to access safety outside of Israel. You can support HIAS in Israel here.
MESILA was founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in collaboration with the Jewish Agency for Israel Ltd. and Israel’s Educational and Cultural Services. Mesila’s main objective is to grant social, educational, and medical assistance to the city’s refugees and migrant workers.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR)
Pesia’s Kitchen's founder Gideon Ben-Ami and his small team distribute hundreds of meals to members of the migrant and asylum seeker population of South Tel Aviv weekly. Through the generosity of Leket, Israel’s food rescue program, Gideon accepts a twice-weekly delivery of pallets of fresh produce. In addition, the group makes daily pickups from local bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets, as well as assisting with an array of emergency needs. You can support Pesia's Kitchen on their website (scroll to the bottom).
Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel
Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel: is a leading organization working with the asylum-seeking community in Israel. Right Now runs a great online learning center and the #LetUsHelp campaign.
BINA works to strengthen Israel as a democratic, pluralistic and just society. They are located in South Tel Aviv and partner with the municipality to strengthen the fabric of the community through their cultural, social, and educational programming that reaches more than 50,000 people from Israel and abroad each year. You can Support BINA here.